NASELLE — The Naselle girls basketball team had little trouble with the visiting Lake Quinault Elks on Dec. 22, picking up an easy 43-18 win.
The Comets jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, going up 19-6 by midway through the second period, due in large part to their pressure defense and easy scoring opportunities. The game seemed to move in slow motion at times when the Elks had the ball, as the less-experienced team had trouble moving the ball and shooting. Darian Jacot hit a long three to put the Comets up 25-6 at the half.
The Elks troubles continued in the second half, as the team tended to not run plays on offense, or watch the shot clock. Up 32-6 halfway through the third, the Comets began to actively run the clock on offense. NHS chose not to be very aggressive, instead, continuing to pass and collect offensive rebounds. Settling mostly for jump shots, the Comets seems to want to win comfortably, but not insultingly for their opponent. Taylor Gudmundsen made the score 34-8 on a nice jumper with just under three minutes left in the third, which would end with a score of 34-10.
Gudmundsen made it 37-10 on a nice move inside with 5:45 left in the game. The Elks got hot late in the fourth, scoring eight points in the final minutes.
Next up for the Comets, who are now 4-6 on the season, is a rematch with the Elks on Jan. 10 in Amanda Park.
Naselle boys falter against Toutle Lake
NASELLE — The Naselle Comets (5-2) saw a close game with the visiting Toutle Lake Ducks on Dec. 22 fall apart in the fourth, falling to the 2B Central League team 58-37.
The Comets were able to stay close in the first quarter, ending the period down 13-18, thanks in part to Corey Gregory’s eight points in the quarter. But the Comets poor shooting — 15 of 50 for 30 percent — would end up costing them. And while NHS could only manage nine points in the second quarter, they were still in striking distance at halftime, down 28-22.
The Comets stayed close in the third period scoring 11 to Lake’s 12. But the wheels fell off in the fourth, as NHS was held to only four points, while the Ducks poured in 18, for with the win.
Gregory and Jacob Eaton both scored 10 for the Comets in the loss, Ethan Lindstrom added 6.
The Comets spent part of their holiday break competing at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Classic in Menlo, and will return to the court on Jan. 5 for the KM Mountain Trophy game at Wahkiakum (3-8).