TACOMA - The Naselle Comets girls, playing with only two of their three senior co-leaders, did not have enough ammo in their arsenal to keep up with the Tacoma Baptist (TBS) Crusaders in a Pacific League showdown battle for second played Saturday, Feb. 2, in the TBS gym. Going into the game, the Comets had the advantage over the Crusaders due to an earlier Naselle 44-42 win over TBS.

However, in this game, the Comets could not score in double figures in any of the four quarters and they went home with a 45-31 loss. The loss dropped the Comets league record to 9-4, and 13-6 overall. The Crusaders are also at 9-4 in league, with one league game remaining against Ocosta, which has yet to win a league game.

To muddle things up even more, North Beach also has a 9-4 league record. Each of the three tied teams has split its two game series with each of the other two teams. North Beach still has to play at first place Raymond, and if they should lose that game, they will drop out of the tie for second place. However, Naselle will have to beat Northwest Christian in their last game in order to stay in a tie for second place. If they lose to Northwest Christian, they would probably finish in either third or fourth place in league.

In this game, Brandi Keightley had 11 points and four steals while Ashley Ahlstrom added 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals. However, they were playing without the Comets leading scorer and rebounder, senior Sylvia Herrold, who was absent due to playing in a club volleyball tournament. Nicole Tarabochia added 5 points to the Comets total and the other eight players on the Naselle roster added five points to the Comets scorebook.

Naselle fell behind 15-7 after one quarter, 22-16 at the half as they outscored the Crusaders 9-6 in the second period. The Crusaders controlled the second half with a 13-8 third period and a 10-7 fourth quarter for their 14 point win.

A win in the Comets remaining league game, against Northwest Christian in Naselle's Lyle Patterson Gym this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5:45 p.m., will probably give the Comets a tie for second place in league. The girls game is scheduled to be part of a day with four games as the girls and boys JV and varsity teams will all see action against the Navigators.

However, Naselle coach Bob Torppa provided this caveat. "If we end up in a two-way tie with TBS, we will play a tie-breaker game. If there is a three-way tie there will be a coin flip. The NWC game could be moved in anticipation of a tie breaker game to be announced next week," Torppa explained.

A second place league finish will give the Comets the Pacific League No. 2 position in the District IV 2B Tournament, giving them their first district game on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Montesano in a double elimination format. A third or fourth place league finish will give the Comets a single elimination home game on Wednesday, Feb. 13, against either the Central League's No. 6 or No. 5 team, depending upon where the Comets finish.

Naselle (31) - Brandi Keightley 11, Ashley Ahlstrom 10, Tarabochia 5, Laney 2, Wasmundt 2, Green 1, Leeland, Condon, O'Kelley, Fauver, See; FG - 9-32 (28%), 3's - 1-9 (11%), FT - 10-14 (71%); Rebounds Ahlstrom

12, Green 5; Steals: Ahlstrom 4, Keightley 4, Laney 4

Tacoma Baptist (45) - Shank 13, Finley 12, Tuell 7, Rea 6, Lyons 2, Wolf 2, Kliewer 2, Wilson 1, Burns, Slifer, Teobaldo,

Comets girls burn South Bend for ninth win in a rowNASELLE - The first time that these teams met almost a month ago, the Naselle Comets girls got off to a slow start before they ran off with an easy win over South Bend. There was no slow in the Comets tank this time around in their Pacific League game played in Naselle's Lyle Patterson Gym Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Comets jumped out to a 15-point first quarter lead in beating South Bend 57-29 for their ninth win in a row, and their 10th win in their last 11 games.

The Comets were on fire, especially in the first quarter and finished the game with a 52 percent shooting average from the floor and 71 percent from the foul line.

The game was played a day after it was originally scheduled due to the snow and ice which caused school to be canceled a day earlier.

The Comets had three double digit scorers. Sophomore Emily Green had 14 points, joining teammates Sylvia Herrold and Ashley Ahlstrom, each with 17 points. Herrold added 12 rebounds for a double-double and Ahlstrom had eight boards. Brandi Keightley, with five points and four steals, and Nicole Tarabochia, with four points, added scoring support.

Naselle jumped out to a 21-4 first quarter lead, then added a 14-12 second period, to lead 35-16 at the break. A 16-6 third quarter continued the Comets runaway lead as they led 51-22 going into the final period. South Bend won that period by a 7-6 margin to close out the Comets 28 point win.

South Bend (29) - Samantha Anderson 9, Dundon 7, Johnson 4, Yi 3, Mott 2, Nhotsoubanh 2, Bisby 2, Coma, Coddle: FG - 12-48 (22%). FT - 4-13 (31%); Rebounds: Mott 7

Naselle (57) - Sylvia Herrold 17, Ashley Ahlstrom 17, Emily Green 14, Keightley 5, Tarabochia 4, Laney, Leeland, Wasmundt, Condon; FG - 22-42 (52%), FT - 11-14 (79%); Rebounds: Herrold 12, Ahlstrom 8; Steals: Keightley 4

JV - South Bend 41, Naselle 25.

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