LACEY - Evan Hendrickson had been under the weather, but his performance last Tuesday in Lacey was anything but sickly. Hendrickson came off the bench at the middle of the first quarter. It took him awhile to get going as he didn't score in the first period but once that he got going - wow! All that Hendrickson did was score 31 points, grab six rebounds, and make four steals in leading the Comets to a 71-65 non league win over Northwest Christian, Tuesday, Dec. 6. The win gave the Comets a 2-0 season record.

Hendrickson was joined by two other Comets in double figure scoring. Kyle Burkhalter added 18 points and Aoy Marion added 11 counters. Hendrickson's heroics extended into the fourth quarter where he canned seven straight free throws when NWC was making a strong run at the Comets lead.

Naselle used a quick start, largely fueled by Burkhalter's and Marion's early scoring and ball hawking. In fact, the Comets defensive pressure, led by Marion, Burkhalter, and Hendrickson, helped the Comets gain a five point first quarter lead and a thirteen point half-time lead.

The Comets frittered away all but three points of that lead as NWC, led by Nathan Wagner, roared back to a 20-11 third quarter advantage. Going into the final quarter, the Comets only led by a score of 51-47.

Coach Brian Macy said, "Defensively we played well in the first half, but the intensity was not where it should have been in the second half. The rest of the game was very close. Even though we hadn't shot well from the free throw line we did make them to close the game."

The two teams battled to a near standoff in the final eight minutes with Naselle being able to add two points to its third period lead. A big part of that fourth quarter effort came from Hendrickson's seven straight at the foul line. The Comets were able to make 23 of their 35 free throws during the game for a decided advantage from the stripe.

NASELLE - Evan Hendrickson 31, Kyle Burkhalter 18, Aoy Marion 11, Gradt 6, Johnson 5, Smith, Griss, Sultemeier; Rebounds: Hendrickson 6, Burkhalter 6, Assists: Marion 3; Steals (18): Marion 7, Hendrickson 4, Burkhalter 4.

Comets win by eight against Warrenton in non-league gameNASELLE - In a game of streaks, the Comets streak went higher and longer than Warrenton, "streaking" to their third win of the young season, winning 52-44 in a non-league game played Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The Comets first home game of the season saw their record improve to 3-0 with the win.

The Comets were led by Aoy Marion, who had his best scoring game of the young season with 19 points and Kyle Burkhalter with 12 points. Evan Hendrickson was just out of double figures with nine points.

The two teams battled evenly through the first eight minutes with the Comets eeking out a one-point lead. That close battle continued through the opening minutes of the second period when the Comets then put together the first streak of the game. The Comets fashioned an 8-0 run in the closing minutes of the second quarter - to lead 24-17 at the intermission - and in the opening seconds of the third period.

The Warriors then put together their own run, going from a 17-26 disadvantage to a 28-26 lead.

The Comets didn't bat an eye and went on a streak of their own. Evan Hendrickson started it off with a trey and Marion popped in six points, coming off two steals and good "D" as the Comets went on a 15-0 run to lead 41-28 at the end of three.

The Comets then had a chance to put the game away but their anemic foul shooting wouldn't allow it. The Comets were only 1 for 11 on free throws in the final quarter and only 4 for 17 overall.

With the Comets clanking their fourth quarter freebies, Warrenton was able to creep up closer with a 16-11 period. But the Comets were able to hold on for the win.

Macy summarized the game this way: "We played great defensively. The only lull was the start of the second half when we relinquished a seven point lead very quickly. As a team we have struggled offensively, but different individuals have stepped up and carried us."

WARRENTON (44) - Eric Gantenbein 13, Shane Rudduck 11, Diego 8

NASELLE (52) - Aoy Marion 19, Kyle Burkhalter 12, Hendrickson 9, Johnson 6, Gradt 4, Smith 2; Rebounds: Marion 6, Burkhalter 5; Assists: Hendrickson 4, Marion 3, Johnson 3; Steals: Marion 3, Burkhalter 3: Team Turnovers: 19; Shooting: FG: 23-47 for 49 percent, including 2-8 from 3 point line; FT: 4-17 for 24 percent.

Comets boys go to 4-0 by dehorning the ElkNASELLE - Two first cousins, senior Evan Hendrickson and sophomore Kyle Burkhalter, put together double-digit scoring performances in leading the Naselle Comets to a decisive non-league win over the Lake Quinault Elk Friday, Dec. 9, in a game played in Naselle's Lyle Patterson Gymnasium.

The two accounted for 36 of Naselle's 80 points in the Comets 80-48 dehorning of the Elk with Hendrickson scoring 19 points and Burkhalter adding 17 points. The win pushed the Comets early season record to 4-0.

They were not alone in scoring as two other Comets, sophomore Jason Gradt and freshman Conor Smith each were also in double figures with 12 points apiece.

It took the Comets a little while to get their scoring act together and their lead was only seven points after the first period of play. However, the Comets "D" kicked into high gear in the middle two quarters as they held the Elk to single digits in each of the middle stanzas. The Comets limited the Elk to six and nine points in each of the periods while scoring 21 and 23 points respectively.

On Monday, the Comets traveled to take on the Cathlamet Mules, who lost a game to the Knappa Loggers on Friday. The Comets entertain the Willapa Valley Vikings this Thursday, Dec. 15. The Vikings were the state's second place class B team last year and are favored to finish high in the state again this year.

LAKE QUINAULT (48) - T. Boone 9, Stankwitz 8, West 8, A. Boone 5, Mayton 5, Samson 4, Mason

NASELLE (80) - Evan Hendrickson 19, Kyle Burkhalter 17, Jason Gradt 12, Conor Smith 12, Johnson 7, Marion 6, Hines 4, Sultemeier 3, Griss; Rebounds: Smith 8, Hendrickson 7; Assists: Hendrickson 6, Marion 6; Steals: Marion 5; Shooting: FG - 29 of 52 for 56 percent, FT - 19 of 27 for 70 percent.

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