SEASIDE — With Banks holding down the top spot in Cowapa League girls basketball at 7-0, the Astoria Lady Fishermen may have to focus on catching Valley Catholic for second place.
And Astoria moved one game closer to the Valiants Tuesday night. Coupled with Banks’ win over Valley Catholic, the Lady Fishermen are now just one game out of second place in the Cowapa, following a 56-41 victory at Seaside.
The Clatsop Clash rivals came into the contest with identical 3-3 league records. And they were fairly even on the court over the first few minutes, with Astoria holding a 6-5 lead.
That’s where the Fishermen took flight, scoring the next 19 points for a 25-5 lead midway through the second quarter.
While Astoria was knocking down 3-pointers (two by Sam Hemsley, a third by Hailey O’Brien), the Gulls were struggling with turnovers.
Seaside had 12 turnovers during the same 19-0 run by Astoria, and finished the first half with 20 turnovers.
The Fishermen held a 29-9 halftime lead, and kept the lead at 20 points with three more 3-pointers in the third quarter, from Julia Norris, McKailyn Rogers and Hemsley.
Hemsley poured in 21 points to lead all scorers, while Bryre Babbitt and Annaka Garhofer scored seven apiece for Seaside.