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.
Warrenton - Brooklyn Campbell 11, Jordan Marxer 14, Emma Bussert, Payton Hummel 5, Lauren Dove 14
Ilwaco - Carley Kitzman 5, Aimee Banuet 2, Cameo Ulbricht 2, Alexa Wirkkala 9, Marin McDonnell 1, Kenzi Wirkkala 2, Ashley Tapio 8
Raymond wins 53-46 over Lady FishermenILWACO - The Lady Fishermen are still looking for that one player to put them over the top and Raymond's top player as the Lady Gulls McKnzy Miller did find the basket for a game-high 24 points while leading Raymond past Ilwaco 53-46 in a non-league game there Friday.
"Every time they needed a score or a big defensive play, Miller was there to be a 'go-to' type player for Raymond," Coach Ned Bittner explained. "We're still searching for our identity (as a team). We don't have a senior on our team, let alone a senior leader to carry us like Miller did for Raymond tonight."
The Lady Fishermen had taken the early lead and were within 23-21 against Raymond at intermission, but Miller knocked down 10 of her two dozen points in the pivotal third period to give the hosts a seven-point cushion at 40-33 going into the final quarter.
While both teams made 20 field goals in the contest, the Lady Gulls connected on five of nine from behind the three-point arc, while Ilwaco missed all 11 tries at a trey that they attempted. The Lady Fishermen were 20-60 from the floor for 33 percent and 5-13 from the charity stripe for a chilly 38 percent. Raymond was 20-45 from the field for a hot 44 percent and made 8-15 from the foul line (53 percent).
Ilwaco won the battle of turnovers and on the boards by a slight margin in each case, but the Lady Gulls' accuracy from three-point land and from the foul line was enough to earn Raymond the victory. Bittner said, "We were not as inconsistent as we have been in recent games, but we struggled against their height advantage and we had several good looks at the basket and we just missed our shots."
Kenzi Wirkkala in the post led Ilwaco in scoring with 13 points and she mustered nine rebounds. Ashley Tapio inside and Alexa Wirkkala outside each tallied eight points and Vallori Crowston scored seven, all in the second half and she led the Lady Fishermen with five assists and four steals. Marin McDonnell with four points, Carley Kitzman and Cameo Ulbricht with two each, and Aimee Banuet with one point rounded out Ilwaco's scoring totals.
"I'm pleased with the effort our girls are putting out. Now we need to get on the positive side on the scoreboard and gain some momentum going into our first league game against Stevenson," Bittner concluded. Ilwaco is now 2-4 and hosted Albany, Australia Monday and South Bend on Tuesday before entertaining Stevenson Friday, Jan. 9 in the Trico League lid-lifter.
Ilwaco - Carley Kitzman 2, Aimee Banuet 1, Cameo Ulbricht 2, Vallori Crowston 7, Alexa Wirkkala 8, Erin Kelly, Marin McDonnell 4, Kenzi Wirkkala 13, Ashley Tapio 8
Raymond - Rhodes 6, Maneman 5, B. Khammala 5, Miller 24, Colburn 8, Montgomery 3, Sanchez 1, Hubbard 1, M. Khammala, Sinclair