The action tipped off Wednesday night in Astoria High School’s 49th annual Vince Dulcich Memorial basketball tournament.
Over the next three days, 16 teams (nine girls, seven boys) will take part in 25 games at the Brick House.
Two girls’ games took place Wednesday, both part of a three-day schedule of pool play games on the girls’ side.
Banks defeated R.A. Long 76-41 in Game 1, and Clatskanie won a thriller in the second game, as a 3-pointer from Tiger freshman Shelby Blodgett with three seconds left resulted in a 54-52 come-from-behind win over Astoria.
The Lady Fishermen played one of their best halves of the season in the first half, connecting on 13-of-25 shots from the field for a 31-17 halftime advantage.
Leading 13-11 early in the second period, Astoria went on an 18-6 run to close the half.
Sam Hemsley sparked the rally with a 3-pointer, followed by scores from Gracie Cummings, Brooklynn Hankwitz and freshman Kelsey Fausett.
Cummings hit back-to-back buckets, freshman Halle Helmersen added another score, and Hemsley’s bank shot beat the buzzer to end the half.
After a cold first half (0-for-9 on 3-pointers), the Tigers heated up in the second.
Clatskanie was within 40-35 to end the third quarter, and freshman Olivia Sprague knocked down a pair of shots from beyond the arc to bring the Tigers to within 44-43 early in the fourth period.
Macy Simmons’ offensive rebound basket gave Clatskanie a brief lead, before Hailey O’Brien answered with a short jumper to put Astoria in front, 46-45, with 4:02 left.
From there, a 3-pointer by Clatskanie freshman Alexis Smith gave the Tigers a 48-46 lead at the 3:45 mark; Hemsley’s layup tied it 49-49 with 1:58 remaining; and Blodgett hit a jump shot for a 51-49 Tiger lead with just under two minutes remaining.
Hemsley responded by hitting one of two free throws, then drove the lane and scored on a layup to give the Lady Fishermen a 52-51 lead with 13 seconds left.
Without calling a timeout, the Tigers worked the ball to Blodgett, who nailed a 3-pointer from straightaway with three seconds left for the final lead change.
Astoria was unable to get off a shot in the final 2.8 seconds. Blodgett and Hemsley each finished with 21 points.
Tournament action continues Thursday with three girls’ games, while six of the seven boys’ teams begin action in bracket play. The Astoria boys have a bye Thursday, and will play twice Friday (9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.).