CASTLE ROCK — Raymond roared to a devastating 21-2 start and then the Lady Seagulls coasted to a 48-33 2B District IV win that eliminated Pacific League champ Naselle in Castle Rock Thursday, Feb. 17. The Comets only bucket in the first 13 minutes, 37 seconds was a Nicole Tarabochia jumper in the lane from an assist by Haleigh See.

Carley Kitzman, two-time Pacific League MVP, was inserted into the lineup after sitting out the first 10 minutes of the contest and she proceeded to lead all scorers with 20 points, seven steals, three rebounds and two assists, but it was too little too late. Kitzman, a junior, eclipsed the 800-point plateau during the second quarter and now has 817 tallies in three years.

Tarabochia finished with eight points and seven rebounds, See had three points and three assists, and Taylor Wasmundt scored two points and had two thefts. The trio of seniors played in their final basketball game for Naselle. Makenzie Matthews and Katie Green each had four rebounds apiece.

The Comets committed 29 turnovers to 23 for the Lady Seagulls and were out-rebounded 40-34. They were 12-48 from the field for 25 percent and 10-16 from the line for 63 percent, while Raymond was 15-48 from the floor for 42 percent and 15-21 from the charity stripe for 71 percent. Both teams were whistled for 15 fouls apiece.

The Comets, who were league champions, finish their season with a 16-7 mark.

 

Naselle      2   5  10  16  — 33

Raymond  18  7  17   9   — 48

 

Raymond — Hailee Williams 3, Mallory Maneman 18, Shilo Boyes 7, Molly Khammala 7, Brianne Goodin 4, Courtney Hagain 2, Abby Maneman 6, Macy Karlsvik 2

Naselle — Taylor Wasmundt 2, Nicole Tarabochia 8, Haleigh See 3, Carley Kitzman 20

 

Wasmundt’s 17 help Comets kick Lady Mules 49-29

ROCHESTER — Taylor Wasmundt’s career-high 17 points came at the perfect time as Naselle knocked off the Lady Mules 49-29 in the 2B District IV Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Rochester. The Comets’ stifling defense, and some poor foul shooting (11-32) by Wahkiakum, helped Naselle dominate the middle two quarters 26-6 and that was the ballgame as the Comets led 38-12 after three periods.

“Taylor had a great offensive game for us when we needed someone to step up. Haleigh See and Makenzie Matthews hit some three-point shots that opened up the middle of their defense,” coach Russ Hickman explained. 

Carley Kitzman contributed nine points, three assists, and seven rebounds and Nicole Tarabochia scored seven and grabbed eight boards. See scored six, Matthews five, Katie Green four, and Vicky Corona one point in the win. Green hauled in four rebounds and See, Wasmundt, Ciara Sandell, Matthews, and Kayti Nelson each had three caroms.

The Comets were out-rebounded 30-26, but forced 18 turnovers to a dozen of their own. “We had a pretty good defensive stand from the middle of the first quarter through the middle of the fourth. In that stretch they only scored nine points,” Hickman said.

The Lady Mules were 11-32 from the foul line for 34 percent and the Comets were 8-20 for 40 percent from the free throw line. Wahkiakum made six field goals, while Naselle was 3-5 from beyond the arc and were a combined 19-46 from the field for 41 percent.

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