TAHOLAH — Led by 30 points from Tayler Ford, the Lady Comets took control of the Coastal League with a 62-51 win at Taholah on Jan. 17.
Ford’s six three-pointers fueled the Lady Comets’ most impressive offensive performance of the season. Naselle overcame a 33-point performance from Denise Dolan to hand Taholah its first league loss, and now stands alone atop the league at 5-0.
Naselle outscored Taholah 21-9 in the second quarter, getting 12 points in the period from Ford and another seven from Ellie Chapman, and led 33-23 at halftime.
“Tayler was just on — hitting threes, mid-range shots, fast-break baskets,” said Naselle coach Rose Nisbet.
The Lady Comets, who have fought defensive battles most of the year, reached their season-high point total. Chapman, running the point, kept a fast pace going. “Ellie moved the ball. Taholah is a fast-paced team, and we wanted to answer back with a fast pace of our own,” Nisbet said. Chapman had nine assists. She picked her spots to score, finishing with 18 points on six of 11 shooting.
Dolan scored 23 second-half points for Taholah. In the fourth quarter, Taholah made a threat. “They were starting to get momentum, and Dolan hit a big three,” Nisbet said. “Ellie brought it up, got it to Tayler down in the corner for a three, and the momentum went right back our way.”
Ford hit six of 12 three-point attempts and 12 of 26 overall. Chapman had nine rebounds and three steals along with 18 points and nine assists. Celisha Ralston scored 10 for the Chitwhins, who dropped to 5-1 in the Coastal League (6-1 by week’s end).