WISHKAH VALLEY - Playing their second away game in less than 18 hours, the road-weary Naselle Comets girls basketball team showed the effects of the two road trips in such a short duration. Playing a Pacific League make-up game, which had been rescheduled due to the high water a few days earlier, against the Wishkah Valley Loggerettes in their Aberdeen-area gym, saw the Comets trailing by three points at the half. Naselle coach Bob Torppa started his reserves in the second half and that seemed to shake the Comets out of their sluggishness.
Torppa said, "With the quick turn around from Friday at Valley, we didn't respond very well in the first half, but after a wake up call at half time we outscored Wishkah 20 to eight in the third to take control of the game."
Naselle responded with a huge third period and the Comets went on to beat the Loggers 52-43. The win raised the Comets league record to 3-3 and 5-10 overall.
Naselle was led by three players with double digit scoring. Sylvia Herrold and Erin Saari each had 14 points and Kelli Revis added 11. Sylvia Herrold had a double-double with 12 rebounds as she and sister Annie led the board patrol with 10 retrievals while Saari, Revis, and Ashley Ahlstrom each added six boards. Saari also had five steals in a well-rounded game which included three treys.
In the sluggish first half, Wishkah led 9-7 after one, 23-20 at the half. That is when Torppa made his move and started the bench players. "That woke up my starters," he said.
Eight minutes later, the Comets had taken a nine-point lead. They were then able to match Wishkah point for point in the final eight minutes to come home with the 52-43 win.
The Comets have three critical league games in the next six days. They entertain the high flying South Bend Indians this Thursday, Jan. 27. They travel to Oakville Saturday, Jan. 29, and they are at home again to meet the league leading Raymond Seagulls on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Starting with the Raymond game, the Comets then close out their regular season schedule with two more home games.
NASELLE - Sylvia Herrold 14, Erin Saari 14, Kelli Revis 11, A. Herrold 4, Abbott 4, Beaulaurier 3, A. Ahlstrom 2
Wishkah Valley - Berge 13, Stone 8, Tokarczyk 8, Clevenger 4, Cody 4, Brown 3, Tikka 3,
Comets girls lose to ValleyMENLO - Playing in the cracker-box Tenoski Gym at Menlo is never an easy task, but the Naselle Comets girls opened their game against one the Pacific League's top teams as though it would be no problem. Unfortunately for the Comets, they were not able to maintain that pace.
The result, in the game played Friday, Jan. 21, was a 55-34 Valley win. The loss dropped the Comets league record to 2-3 and 4-10 overall.
The Comets led 12-9 after one quarter as they got balanced game scoring from five of their players, led by the Herrold sisters, Annie and Sylvia, each with eight points. Kelli Revis and Erin Saari were to each add seven game points. The two Herrolds also led the rebounders, Sylvia with 15 and Annie with 10 boards.
The Vikings, with Ashlea Pollard's 14 game points leading a balanced Vikings scoring attack, came back with a 13-8 second quarter to hold a slim 22-20 lead at the half.
The Comets were able to keep it close through the third period as they were outscored by six in the panel. Naselle coach Bob Torppa said, "We were within striking distance as we only trailed by eight after three quarters.
We played the best three quarters of the season. We cut their led to three points in the third quarter, but because of fouls they were able to pull away in the fourth. I was very proud of my team, they played their hearts out. If we can play like that in Valley, we can beat anybody," Torppa concluded.
The Comets, trailing 35-27 entering the final eight minutes, were outscored 20-7 as Valley pulled away for their 55-34 win.
NASELLE - Annie Herrold 8, Sylvia Herrold 8, Revis 7, Saari 7,
Abbott 4, Keightley, A. Ahlstrom, L. Ahlstrom, Pakenen, Pellervo; Rebounds: S. Herrold 15, A. Herrold 10, Revis 7. A. Ahlstrom 6; (Brittany Pellervo and Katherine Herrold each played 4 quarters of the JV game. Brittanie Vaughn is still out with a sprained ankle)
Willapa Valley - Pollard 14, Betrozoff 9, Goodin 7, Wonhoff 6,
Drake 5, Coates 5, Rohr 5, Friese 4