NHS girls get first two wins over Warrenton, NWC

<I>DAMIAN MULINIX file photo</I><BR>Sylvia Herrold, left, had 19 points for the Comets in their win over NWC.

WARRENTON - The Naselle Comets girls, behind the scoring of Brandi Keightley and Cheryl Steppe, built a seven point half-time lead against Warrenton. They then were able to hang on, in a game that went back and forth, for a 38-37 win Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Warrenton. The Comets first win of the year gave them a 1-2 record for the season.

Keightley's 11 points and Steppe's 10 points gave the duo over one half of the Naselle points. Erin Saari, with eight points, was one hoop away from being in double figures. Warrenton's Whitney Johnson's 20 points led all scorers, but she had very little scoring support from her teammates.

After building leads of 12-6 and 20-13 at the first two quarter stops, the Comets looked to be on their way to a comfortable win. It wasn't to be, as Warrenton roared back with a 14-6 third quarter advantage to take a one-point lead, at 27-26, after three quarters of play. In contrast to their first two games where the Comets had slow second periods, their low scoring quarter in this game was during the third quarter.

The fourth quarter turned into the proverbial "barn burner" as the teams traded scores and the lead. Coach Bob Torppa said, "It was a back and forth game. We were able to get a couple of rebounds when we needed them near the end."

Those key rebounds were pulled down by Steppe and Colette Beaulaurier. The boards and the defensive play of the Comets were able to make the difference as the Comets held on for a one point win.

NASELLE (38) - Brandi Keightley 11, Cheryl Steppe 10, Saari 8, S. Herrold 6, Klinger 2, Beaulaurier 1, K. Herrold, Ahlstrom, Pakenen, Takami;

WARRENTON (37) - Whitney Johnson 20, Lesleann Hayward 6, Dove 5, Newbold 5, Neahring 1; Rebounds: Dove 9, Hayward 8; Steals: Hayward 4; Shooting: 14 of 58 for 24 percent.

Comets girls disorient NWC NavigatorsNASELLE - The Naselle Comets girls came out "like a house on fire" in the first quarter and jumped all over the Northwest Christian Navigators on their way to a 15 point win in a non-league game played in Naselle's Lyle Patterson Gymnasium Thursday, Dec. 8. The Comets early big lead more than held up as they soared to a 61-46 win over the Navigators. The win improved Naselle's record to 2-2 for the season.

Naselle Coach Bob Torppa said, "We took off like a house on fire in the first quarter and had shots dropping in right and left. Sylvia (Herrold) and Erin (Saari) had eight and seven points respectively in the quarter."

Sylvia Herrold led Naselle with the Comets first double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Saari had a strong all around game with 14 points, five rebounds, six assists, and eight steals. Brandi Keightley also was in scoring double figures with 12 points, while adding five rebounds, two assists, and three steals.

That trio accounted for 45 of the Comets 61 points, one point short of matching the Navigators' team total. But they were not alone in their scoring, as Cheryl Steppe was one point away from doubles with nine points for NHS.

After that rousing start, the Comets and Navigators settled into a close scoring game. The Comets earned a one point additional advantage in the second period, NWC returned that favor in the third stanza. The Comets then closed out the action with a one-point margin in the fourth period as they wrapped up the 61-46 win.

NWC (46) - Post 17, Wagner 12, Barr 9, Collins 4, Webb 4

NASELLE (61) - Sylvia Herrold 19, Erin Saari 14, Brandi Keightley 12, Steppe 9, Klinger 4, Ahlstrom 3; Rebounds: Sylvia Herrold 12, Saari 5, Keightley 5; Assists: Saari 6, Keightley 2; Steals: Saari 8, Keightley 3

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