Seaside 58, Rainier 47

SEASIDE - The Gulls are ready to play.

That's the message from an enthusiastic coach Mike Jacobson as Seaside girls head into the first round of the state playoffs for the first time in five years.

Jacobson, who coached at Knappa for six years before taking over the Gulls this year, is as excited as his team, which has a 15-10 season record.

"We are ready!" he said Sunday night as he prepared for a trip south to Junction City Tuesday (7 p.m.), a team ranked in the top half-dozen in the state at 3A level.

But Jacobson and his team are not intimidated. "We are just not 'happy to be there.' We are going to play," he said.

The Gulls advanced after winning a loser-out district seeding matchup Saturday against Rainier 58-47.

Seaside inched ahead in the first period and led at halftime 32-25. The home team kept on the pressure in the second half despite a strong performance from Rainier's Trista Staehely, who scored 14.

Seaside's Jenna Archibald, voted the league's most valuable player, tossed in 20 points and her sister Brenna added 11.

Victory was especially sweet as the Gulls have failed to go to state in the last four seasons after losing crucial league playoffs against the Columbians.

The coach commended both Archibalds and Elle Warmbrodt for their play in the contest. Stephanie Chesnut came off the bench when another guard hit foul trouble, and added considerable spark as well as six points.

"They all played well," Jacobson said.