The Astoria girls basketball team turned an early 8-0 deficit into a 35-9 lead midway through the third quarter Thursday night, and the Lady Fishermen cruised to an easy 51-23 win over Redmond at the Brick House.
Astoria’s victory capped Day 2 of the 49th annual Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament, which continues today and Saturday at Astoria High School.
Astoria’s 35-1 run during Thursday’s game also helped the Fishermen rebound from a tough loss the night before, in which Astoria let a 14-point halftime lead slip away in a 54-52 loss to Clatskanie.
Thursday’s game was much less dramatic for the Lady Fish, as Astoria’s swarming defense resulted in 29 Redmond turnovers, and the outmatched Panthers were outscored 33-7 over the second and third quarters.
Sam Hemsley scored Astoria’s first eight points to tie the game at 8-8 in the opening seconds of the second quarter, and Julia Norris banked in a 3-pointer for the lead.
Astoria opened the third period with a 12-0 run.
Hemsley led the Fishermen with 15 points, followed by Kelsey Fausett with 10. Redmond finished 6-for-34 from the field.
Astoria finished 1-1 in pool play, and will await Friday’s results to determine Saturday’s opponent.