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 Friday night.
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.
Astoria ended 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 was Seaside’s coach that night.
“I remember it,” he said, of Astoria’s 37-18 win over his Gulls. “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.
Astoria’s first half shots “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, 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 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.”