Clallam Bay overcame a big performance by Naselle forward Lilli Zimmerman, beating the Comets 51-43 at the opener of the Martin Luther King Tribute games held at Lower Columbia College in Longview Monday, Jan. 15.
Zimmerman dominated in the post with 23 points and 13 rebounds, including six offensive boards. She shot eight of 15 from the field and seven of eight from the line.
Coach Rose Nisbet noted Zimmerman’s aggressive play near the basket. “She was going to the ball, and making contact (with defenders),” Nisbet said.
Taylor Gudmundsen grabbed another 10 rebounds, seven of them offensive, as Naselle outrebounded the Bruins 50-32, including 26-12 on the offensive glass. Clallam overcame its rebounding deficit by forcing 25 Comet turnovers, generating 20 points off turnovers compared to 10 for the Comets. Clallam also outshot the Comets, who put up 11 three-pointers and made only one. Miriam Wonderly led the Bruins with 15 points.
The Comets (5-8) dropped their third in a row, but Nisbet saw improvement compared with their previous two games. “We got back to being who we were to start the year,” she said. “We played with confidence. We were stronger with the ball.” The Bruins improved to 6-5.