ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen took a brief 10-9 lead to start the second period on an Alexa Wirkkala layup, but then Warrenton steadily pulled away to earn a 44-29 non-league girls' basketball victory here Tuesday, Dec. 30. Coach Ned Bittner said, "We struggled on offense and against a good team like Warrenton you can't do that and expect to win."
The Lady Fishermen were only 4-20 at halftime from the field for 20 percent, and finished the contest 10 for 46 from the field for only 22 percent accuracy. Bittner explained, "We set out to stop their point guard, Brooklyn Campbell and we did a good job of holding her down, but their other two seniors, (Jordan) Marxer and (Lauren) Dove each scored and played well and we didn't shoot well enough to compensate."
Marxer and Dove each tallied 14 points for the Lady Warriors, Campbell knocked down 11, and only Payton Hummel with five points added to the visitors winning total. For the Lady Fishermen Alexa Wirkkala led with nine points, followed by Ashley Tapio with eight. Vallori Crowston dished out seven assists, although the sophomore didn't score for the first time in her high school career and Tapio pulled down 10 rebounds.
Ilwaco was out-rebounded by the Lady Warriors 43-37 and turned the basketball over 26 times to 20 for the visitors. Warrenton shot 29 percent from the field, going 15-51 and was only 48 percent from the line, making 13-27 as Ilwaco played well defensively. The Lady Fishermen sank 8-17 from the charity stripe for 53 percent efficiency. The home girls were whistled for 17 fouls to 12 for Warrenton.
Carley Kitzman contributed five points and two assists and Aimee Banuet, Cameo Ulbricht, and Kenzi Wirkkala each scored two points and Marin McDonnell added a free toss to the Lady Fishermen tally. Ilwaco is now 2-3 on the season and the Lady Warriors improve to 9-1.