ELMA — Corey Gregory went off for 20 points in the second quarter, and Naselle piled on in the third, running away from Mary M. Knight in a 97-48 road win Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Comets led only 14-13 early in the second after a three-pointer by Knight’s Kaleb Riggs. Gregory responded by going on the attack. He started his scoring spree driving along the baseline, where he hit a tough contested shot, knocked down a floater and drew a foul to pick up six quick points. A bit later Gregory buried a three-pointer, stole the ball back at mid-court, drew a foul and hit both free throws for a 28-19 lead.
“The score was close, and I felt like we were better than them, so I wanted to change things,” he said. “I just tried to make some shots.”
Late in the quarter Gregory made three more three-pointers before starting the third period with yet another three. By this time, the Comets were devoting their offense to screening and passing for him.
“We called timeout, and out of that timeout we kept running the same play,” Gregory said. It kept working, as Gregory got open off screens and knocked down his shots.
The Comets, who scored just 14 points in the first quarter, got 27 in the second to lead 41-32 at the half.
In the third quarter, they kicked their offense into a still higher gear. They blitzed the Owls 36-9 in the eight-minute period, spending most of the quarter pressing, running and firing outlet passes. Cole Dorman scored nine points in the quarter. Jacob Eaton added eight on four of four shooting in the period, including two put-backs of missed free throws. Ethan Lindstrom created defensive havoc and scored seven in the period, as did Gregory.
Chase Haataia came in and scored 11 fourth quarter points on five of six shooting, getting out on the break for a couple of baskets to start the quarter and burying a three-pointer shortly afterward.
Gregory led the Comets with 29 points, and Eaton finished with 16. Eddy Krippelcz led the Owls with 23 points, including several baskets on coast-to-coast drives.
Naselle will play the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver Thursday at 7 p.m., then host Mary M. Knight Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.