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Seaside pulled into a third-place tie with Astoria in the Cowapa League standings, with a 52-32 win over Tillamook in a Cowapa League girls basketball game Jan. 26 at the Gulls’ Nest.
The Gulls were just 9-of-19 at the free throw line and 1-for-12 on 3-pointers, but they still managed the 20-point win over the Cheesemakers, who fall to 3-14 overall, 0-4 in league.
“Other than a stretch in the second quarter, we played solidly,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes, whose team is now 2-2 in league play. “The third quarter we switched to man (defense) and widened the halftime score to a fairly comfortable margin (39-22). We are getting better, but Banks will test us (Tuesday) to see how much better.”
Bryre Babbitt poured in a game-high 17 points, followed by Jetta Ideue with 15. Babbitt also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Seaside had three players (Gretchen Hoekstre, Ruby Davis and Ideue) with eight rebounds apiece.
“Jetta and Bryre were great from start to finish,” Hawes said. “And our bigs played well — Gretchen, Anesha (Smart) and Ruby.”
Valiants 49, Lady Gulls 37
BEAVERTON — Seaside bounced back from a tough loss at Astoria with a solid effort Jan. 23 at Valley Catholic, but the sixth-ranked Valiants escaped with the victory, 49-37.
The Cowapa League girls basketball showdown was much closer than the score indicated.
Following their 36-turnover loss against the Fishermen, the Gulls came out and took a 19-17 halftime lead against the Valiants. And Seaside held leads throughout the game, including a 30-24 advantage late in the third period.
Emy Kiser, Annaka Garhofer and Bryre Babbitt all drained 3-pointers in the third for the Lady Gulls, for a 33-31 lead going into the final quarter.
But the Valiants rallied behind a pair of 3-point shots by Noelle Mannen, and Callie Kawaguchi did the rest from the free throw line, as Valley Catholic finished the contest on an 18-4 run.
Mannen led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Kawaguchi with 15. Kiser scored nine for Seaside before fouling out, along with Jetta Ideue.
Astoria 41, Lady Gulls 30
It was a night of jump balls, fouls, free throws and turnovers. But with their 41-30 win over Seaside, the Astoria girls basketball team still accomplished two important goals Jan. 19 — the Lady Fishermen avoided an 0-2 start in league play, and their victory at the Brick House was the first over the Gulls in almost six years.
The Astoria girls finally brought an end to one of the longest Clatsop Clash droughts, scoring their first win over Seaside since Feb. 10, 2012 to break an 11-game losing streak to the Gulls.
Astoria coach Mike Jacobson remembers the last Fishermen win very well, because he was Seaside’s coach that night.
“I remember it,” he said, of Astoria’s 37-18 win over his Gulls that night. “I think it was (Kaitlin) Lewis’s sophomore year. We came in here and couldn’t hit a basket. I knew it had been a while.”
In Friday’s game, Astoria was just 6-of-30 from the field in the first half, yet they were still tied with the Gulls at halftime, 14-14 — due in large part to Seaside’s 15 turnovers in the first half.
Seaside held a 13-5 lead midway through the second quarter, behind two 3-pointers from Annaka Garhofer. But Astoria finished the first half with a 9-1 run, capped by Sam Hemsley’s bank shot in the closing seconds.
The Fishermen were just 6-of-30 from the field in the first half, but the Gulls kept Astoria in the game with 15 turnovers.
“They were all good shots, they just weren’t going in,” Jacobson said. “We told them, ‘keep shooting. They’ll go in.’ Brooklynn (Hankwitz) played a good game tonight, and so did Haley O’Brien and Kelsey Fausett.”
Still, “It was pretty ugly,” he said, as the game had a combined 37 fouls, 45 free throws and 57 turnovers. “You know how it is with rivalry games. We fought through it, got it tied at halftime, then we started hitting some shots and getting to the free throw line, and made our free throws (14-for-25).”
The Gulls gave up the ball 21 more times in the second half for 36 turnovers, while Astoria made the necessary halftime adjustments to pull away in the second half.
“We weren’t running the offense the way we needed to, and we made a couple adjustments,” Jacobson said. “And this is the first time all year that they actually made the adjustments. We’re young and still learning. But they made the adjustments and went out there and did what we needed to do. It was a good win. The girls are happy.”