MENLO — The Naselle girls dropped their fifth straight Pacific League game Friday night, 39-31 to the Lady Vikings. The Comets  connected on only eight field goals in 38 tries for a meager 21 percent.

Naselle had taken an 11-8 first period lead, but the Lady Vikings found their shooting range in the second period to go ahead 24-18 at intermission. Neither team could find the hoop in the third frame as Valley increased its lead to 30-23 going into the final period. The Vikings out-scored the Comets 9-8 in the final stanza to come away with the eight-point victory.

“We just did not execute on offense. We played pretty well on defense to hold them to 39 points, but we just did not get it done on offense,” coach Russ Hickman said.  

Valley made 15 of 47 field goal tries for only 32 percent. They were only 8-19 from the charity stripe for a sub-par 47 percent, while the Comets knocked down 12-18 of their free throws for 67 percent. The Comets sank three shots from beyond the arc to Valley’s one three-pointer.

Carley Kitzman led the Comets with 21 points to match her season average, Katie Green scored four in what was Naselle’s lowest scoring total of the season. Statistics for rebounds, steals, or assists were unavailable.

Naselle drops to 4-6 in league play and 7-10 for the year, while Valley surges to 6-4 in the Pacific and 11-7 overall. The Lady Vikings also won a two-quarter junior  varsity contest.


Naselle   11    7   5   8 — 31

Valley       8  16   6   9 — 39


Naselle — Kayti Nelson, Katie Green 4, Ciara Sandell 2, Carley Kitzman 21, Makenzie Matthews, Kirsten Scrabeck 2, Vicki Corona 2

Valley — Lauren Friese 9, Abbee Bannish, Michaela Huber 11, Karli Friese 14, Megan Sanaski, Abby Smaciez 2, Morgan Walker 3, Trotter, Archer


Late Lady Navigators 

push charts 46-38 win 

NASELLE — The Comets came within three points of Northwest Christian with 1:04 left in the fourth period, but the Lady Navigators scored the last five points of the game to map out a 46-38 Pacific League victory in Naselle Jan. 26. 

Despite Makenzie Matthews and Carley Kitzman’s six points each in the first half, Naselle trailed at intermission 26-15. 

“We didn’t come out to start the game like we can. We got down in the score and down on ourselves,” sophomore guard Katie Green said. “We have to start fresh and play like we are capable of, starting tomorrow.”

Green led Naselle with three assists, but was held scoreless, thanks to a stifling 2-3 zone defense by NWC that kept the Comets on the perimeter most of the evening. Naselle trailed 36-24 going into the final period and the game appeared to be over.

No one told Kitzman and company, however as she poured in seven straight points and a total of 12 in the fourth period to help bring Naselle back to within 41-38 with 1:04 remaining in the game. Two turnovers and two missed shots by the Comets in the final minute led to a Lady Navigator field goal with 44 seconds left in the contest and then the visitors sank three straight free throws in the waning seconds to put the game away.

Naselle was 12-43 from the field for a meager 28 percent and made 12 of 19 from the line for 63 percent. Kitzman and Matthews each canned a three-point shot. For the Lady Navigators Bates sank four treys from near Johnson’s One Stop, was 10-13 in field goals, and ended with a game-high 28 points. NWC was 17-34 from the floor for 50 percent and made 8-17 free throws for 47 percent.

Both teams were whistled for 15 fouls in the loosely called fray and both squads had two dozen turnovers, many unforced. The Comets won the battle of the boards 34-26, but poor shooting and an inability to penetrate the Lady Navigators’ 2-3 zone did them in.

Kitzman rolled in 23 points, had four steals and eight rebounds. Matthews scored eight points, Sandell three, and Kayti Nelson and Vicki Corona two each. Sandell had six boards and Matthews and Green garnered five rebounds each.

For Kitzman, Briannan Olson, and Cassie Van Dusen it was “Senior Night” and their last home game for the Comets. 

“I did not expect to start, but it was a nice experience,” said Van Dusen. “This was a tough game for us.” Rachel Underwood cheered in her final home game, as well.


NWC   15  11  10   10 — 46

Naselle   8    7    9   14 — 38

NWC — Emily VanMeter 2, Hailey Bredeson 4, Kami Bates 28, Domanique Jack, Allison Sowers 3, Kalli Walker 3, Megan McCreary, Jordyn Wagner 6

Naselle — Kayti Nelson 2, Katie Green, Ciara Sandell 3, Carley Kitzman 23, Makenzie Matthews 8, Vicki Corona 2, Kirsten Scrabeck, Cassie Van Dusen, Briannan Olson


Late Lady Seagulls surge downs Comets 47-42

NASELLE — Raymond scored the last five points of the game to break a 42-42 tie and came away with a critical 47-42 Pacific League win in Naselle Jan. 24. 

The Comets tied the contest 42-42 with 2:34 remaining when Katie Green fed Carley Kitzman for a layup and two of her game-high 20 points. Unfortunately for Naselle they would miss their next five tries from the floor, whiff on two foul shots, and turn the basketball over twice.

Raymond didn’t exactly run away with the game in that key 2:34 stretch as they were only 5-12 from the foul line, not going ahead until the final 55 seconds of the game when the Lady Gulls Abby Maneman sank a pair of free throws.

To the Comets credit, Kitzman found Ciara Sandell open underneath with a perfect pass and Sandell sank two of her season-high nine points to break the scoring ice and kick off the second quarter. The Comets went on a 22-8 blitz in the period. With two seconds left in the half, Kitzman’s twisting layup went in to give Naselle a 22-21 lead at intermission.

“At the start of the game we were playing not to lose instead of playing to win,” Sandell said. “When we were way behind in the first period I thought, ‘Oh no, we were going to get blown out again’ but we got our butts in gear and came back. We needed to finish stronger, but at least we weren’t embarrassed this time like we were in Raymond.” 

The second half saw three lead changes and four ties. The Lady Gulls scored the first five points of the third period to go up 26-22 and the game was within four points from then on until a Raymond made foul shot with 1.1 seconds remaining led to the final 47-42 count.

“We came out aggressively in the second period, but we have to learn to finish strong,” Kitzman said. 

Naselle missed 19 free throws, which would have significantly helped their cause. The Comets were 16-35 from the line for a meager 46 percent, while Raymond was 10-23 for only 43 percent from the charity stripe. The visitors were whistled for 25 fouls to 20 for Naselle as both teams were in the bonus and then double-bonus situation for nearly all of the second and fourth periods.

The Comets made 13 field goals, all two-pointers, in 38 tries for 34 percent and Raymond was 17-41 from the field for 41 percent, including three treys. Naselle held a narrow 37-36 edge in rebounding, in spite of the Lady Gulls garnering 16 boards in the final period. Raymond turned the basketball over 26 times, thanks in large part to Naselle’s pressing defense, while the Comets committed 20 miscues.

Both Green and Kitzman had three assists and Kitzman had nine rebounds and four steals. Kayti Nelson, Makenzie Matthews, Green, and Sandell each had five boards. Green added six points, Matthews five, and Nelson two. Naselle drops to 4-4 in league play and they are 7-8 for the year, while Raymond improves to 5-2 in the Pacific. Valley upset league-leading North Beach 37-26 to tighten the standings, with the district tournament looming two weeks away.

The Lady Gulls dominated the low-scoring junior varsity game 31-11. The Comets were led by Madison Green, Abbie Eaton, and Abbey DaVall who each scored three points.


Raymond   13   8   13   13   —47

Naselle   0   22   12   8   —42

Raymond—Mailee Williams 6, Amanda Koski, Shylo Boyes 9, Alysha Garcia 8, Courtney Hagain 9, Abby Maneman 11, Macy Karlsvik 4, Daila Silva

Naselle—Kayti Nelson 2, Katie Green 6, Ciara Sandell 9, Carley Kitzman 20, Makenzie Matthews 5, Kirsten Scrabeck

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