ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen trailed by three points at the end of the first and second periods and were within three in the third period, but couldn't catch Seaside as the Lady Gulls held on for a 47-42 non-league victory in Ilwaco Tuesday. The loss snaps a six-game win streak for Ilwaco and gives Seaside an 11-5 record for the season.
The Lady Gulls scored three baskets in the first minute of the second half to expand their lead to 32-23, but Carley Kitzman passed to Vallori Crowston for a layup and then Aimee Banuet found Kitzman in the paint for another basket to cut the lead to five points. Alexa Wirkkala sank two foul shots later in the third stanza and Crowston fed her for a crossover layin to keep Ilwaco close at 37-33 with two minutes remaining in the period.
From that point on Seaside went on an 8-0 run and with 5:32 left in the contest the visitors were up 45-33. The Lady Fishermen refused to give in as they fashioned a 9-2 run of their own to get within 47-42 with a minute to play, but could get no closer as a trio of turnovers and Seaside's patience on offense sealed the deal.
"I thought we competed very well against a good team. We got in some foul trouble and had to use a much smaller lineup against Seaside. We need to be stronger in loose ball situations against more aggressive teams like Seaside, but overall I was very pleased with our effort," Coach Ned Bittner said.
Alexa Wirkkala came off the bench to score a game and season-high 18 points for Ilwaco and Vallori Crowston added 11 points and dished out six assists while snagging five steals. Kitzman had seven points and seven rebounds and Banuet, Cameo Ulbricht and Kenzi Wirkkala each had two points. Kenzi Wirkkala also pulled down seven rebounds. Seaside was led by Ashley Mayfield's 15 points.
Ilwaco made 16 of 44 field goal tries (36 percent) and was 8-13 from the foul line (62 percent), while the Lady Gulls found the hoop for 30 percent of their shots from the floor (20-66) and were a sub-par 7-17 from the charity stripe (40 percent). Seaside won the battle of the boards 48-36 and forced 36 turnovers to 22 of their own. The Lady Fishermen are now 8-5 on the season.
The junior varsity came from behind to win 40-36 in overtime against a Seaside team that had defeated Ilwaco soundly in December. Coach Krystina Frazier cited Brittnee Pattison for rebounding well and Kate Denton for hustling on defense. Elleigh Kaino led the 10-3 Lady Fishermen JV's with 19 points.