NASELLE – When a team whiffs on their first 18 shots from the field, most often that team is on the losing end of the score, but after trailing 17-3 to the Lady Wildcats the Comets rallied for 21 straight points in the second period on their way to a 55-36 Pacific 2B League win over Ocosta at Lyle Patterson Gymnasium in Naselle Saturday, Jan 22.

“It was the same old story for us offensively, we didn’t play our game or execute very well, especially in the first period,” Coach Russ Hickman said. “Our defense wasn’t as solid as it has been. The first time we played them we gave up 16 points in the game and tonight they scored 17 against us in the first period.”

The Comets were sparked by Taylor Wasmundt’s 14 points and four assists and Nicole Tarabochia’s 10 points and six rebounds. Carley Kitzman came off the bench to help ignite Naselle’s comeback with 10 points and six steals in little more than a half of play.

Freshman Katie Green was a catalyst as she lit up the scoreboard with eight points, with six coming in the pivotal second period. Haleigh See was also stellar in the comeback, connecting on three treys and she passed for five assists for the game. Mackenzie Matthews added four points for the winners.

Naselle was 20-71 from the field for 28 percent and 12-19 from the foul line for 63 percent, while the Lady Wildcats were 15-45 from the floor for 33 percent and 6-12 from the line for 50 percent. Ocosta won the rebounding tussle 48-36, but turned the ball over a whopping 28 times to 15 for the Comets and fouls were 14 for Naselle and 18 for the visitors.

The Comets are now 8-1 in the Pacific and 13-4 overall, while Ocosta falls to 0-9 in league play. Greg Nelson’s junior varsity “played our best game of the year” by avenging an earlier loss to the Lady Wildcats JV’s 33-27. Kirsten Scrabeck scored seven points and Haley Pine and Karianne Condon each added six in the win.   

 

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