WARRENTON - An 8-2 lead lasted about as long as the sunny days have been lasting lately, as the Naselle girls basketball team could not maintain their quick start and lost their non-league basketball game to the Warrenton Warriors, 62-22, Monday, Dec. 15, in the Warriors' gym.

NHS led 8-4 after one period but saw that lead evaporate as the Warriors got their game clicking with a 21-4 second period. The loss dropped the Comets overall league record to 2-3.

Naselle's quick start was helped by Warrenton's early shooting problems. However, once the Warriors got that problem taken care of, they quickly showed the Comets why they are one of the more highly-rated teams in the Lower Columbia region. With the huge second period, Warrenton led 25-12 at the half.

The Comets, with Nichole Matthews leading the Naselle scorers with 8 points, did not score in double figures in any of the periods. The Warriors, after their slow start, were in double figures in each of the last three quarters. Danielle Cedarberg led the host team with a career high 20 points.

The Comets' offense did not show any more signs of life after the half-time break, and they were outscored 20-4 and 17-6 in the last two periods on their way to a 62-22 loss to Warrenton.

Naselle 8 4 4 6 - 22

Warrenton 4 21 20 17 - 62

Naselle (22) - Nichole Matthews 8, Herrold 4, Klinger 4, Revis 2, Saari 2, Vaughn 2, Abbott, Hines

Warrenton (62) - Danielle Cedarberg 20, Smith 9, W. Johnson 8, K. Johnson 7, O'Casey 6, Balensifer 4, Dugan 4

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