SEASIDE - North Coast hoops fans received an early Christmas present Saturday night, with a Clatsop Clash doubleheader in the final round of the Seaside Holiday Classic.
The Astoria and Seaside boys met in the third-place final, followed by the Gull girls and Fishermen in the girls' championship game.
And the Gulls made it a clean sweep over their rivals, as Seaside got the best of the Fishermen, 42-38, in the boys game, and the Gulls cruised past Astoria in the girls' title, 49-27.
"It's a tough road after three days, but we did what we needed to do," said tournament Most Valuable Player Marla Olstedt, who led the Seaside girls in Saturday's win. "The third day of a tournament is always tough because we're tired, but it was good to see what we can do against a team in our league."
The calling card for the Seaside girls for the entire tournament was a strong start, to all three games.
The Gulls jumped out on Corbett 27-0 in the first round, led Baker 10-0 in Friday's semifinal, then sprinted out to a 13-5 advantage Saturday against the Fishermen.
And most of the leads were built the same way - forcing turnovers and converting those turnovers into points.
Olstedt began the scoring Saturday with a steal and a layup, scored early in the second quarter off another steal, and then cashed in a steal by Ashley Mayfield shortly after for a 22-11 lead.
Olstedt added a 3-pointer for good measure.
"We definitely have the potential to get up and down the floor," Olstedt said. "It's fun anytime we don't have to set up in a play, and just get going. It takes effort, but we can get up and down the court on any given night - it's just difficult to get it all going sometimes."
Meanwhile, Seaside's stifling defense held Astoria to just four field goals in each half, and only one in the second period.
The Gulls forced 26 turnovers and held Astoria to just 10 total points over the second and third quarters.
One night after scoring 22 in a win over Baker, Olstedt finished with a game-high 20 points, followed by Mayfield with eight and Becca Lent with seven.
Alix Richardson scored four points during a 12-5 run in the third period, before fouling out.
All-tournament selection K.J. Carr scored 10 points for Astoria, which struggled at the free-throw line (11-of-24).
Olstedt and the Gulls leave later this week for another three-day tournament in Baker.
"We definitely wanted to see Baker in there somewhere, which we did," Olstedt said. "And we'll see them again, but we'll be ready. I think the three teams we faced were what we wanted to see."