Naselle trounces Toledo girls in non-league tussle 50-40

Naselle's Nicole Tarabochia (right) battled Toledo's Brianna Votaw all evening and in the end Tarabochia's defense helped the Comets win a 50-40 non-league game in Naselle Monday.

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NASELLE – The Comets exploded to a

20-7 lead after one period in their most productive quarter of the

season, but then Toledo answered back to tie the contest at 22-22

late in the first half. Carley Kitzman then scored 11 of her 17

points in the second half to help lead Naselle to a 50-40 win over

Toledo in non-league action to kick off 2011 Monday, Jan.

3.

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After the game was tied 5-5 the

Comets beamed to a 15-2 run to finish the first period as six

different players singed the nets. The Indians sprung a press on

Naselle to begin the second frame and leading scorer Brianna Votaw

poured in seven of her game-high 21 points in the paint to help

knot the score at 22-22. Toledo had matched the Comets’ 15-2 run,

but Kitzman’s cross-over bucket before intermission put Naselle

ahead to stay.

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The Comets made an 8-0 run to begin

the second half and again five Naselle players scored in the

quarter to put the home team up 38-28 going into the final eight

minutes. With 1:09 remaining Makenzie Matthews found Taylor

Wasmundt open on the left side for a layup as Naselle took 45-40

lead. Kitzman closed out scoring with a field goal on another cross

over move and three consecutive free throws in the final minute of

play to help seal the 50-40 victory.

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Ciara Sandell had a career-high game

“on the glass” as the 5-foot-8 sophomore pulled down 11 rebounds in

the fracas to go along with her two points. Kitzman had six steals

and 10 caroms to go with her 17 points for a double-double. Haleigh

See had six assists and poured in 10 points, including a key

three-pointer mid-way through the third period that gave the Comets

their biggest advantage of the second half at 35-24.

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It was the defense of Nicole

Tarabochia on Votaw that may have been the key to the victory, as

she kept Toledo’s powerful scoring machine from taking but a dozen

shots, nine of which went in and two of Votaw’s baskets inside led

to three-point plays the old fashioned way after she was

fouled.

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Tarabochia garnered six rebounds,

tallied six points, and handed out three assists when not fronting

Votaw effectively on defense. Wasmundt finished with 11 markers and

also had a pair of assists and a pair of steals and Kayti Nelson

added a basket to the winning effort.

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Naselle dominated the boards 49-34,

a statistic that doomed the Indians to never having the lead in the

fray, although they tied the game twice in the first period and

once near the end of the first half. The Comets connected on 21-60

shots from the field for 35 percent and were a sub-par 6-15 from

the line for 40 percent. The Indians hit a third of their field

goals tries, going 17-51, and a mere third of their free tosses at

3-9.

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Both teams turned the basketball

over 20 times, with the Comets losing the handle nine times in the

final period to make things interesting. Fouls were 17 for Naselle

and 15 for Toledo. The high-flying Comets are now 9-2 on the season

and atop the Pacific League with a 4-0 mark. They are 2-2 against

class 1A opponents and undefeated when playing 2B teams.

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The Naselle junior varsity lost a

hard-fought contest 37-30 behind Katie Green’s 12 points and six

each from Nelson and Karianne Condon. 

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