The Astoria Fishermen did what Seaside wasn't able to do two nights earlier - they kept the margin under 50 points against the No. 1-ranked Tillamook girls basketball team, which was coming off a 78-25 win over the Gulls.

But, it was still a rout Thursday night, as the Lady Mooks jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead on their way to a 71-30 Cowapa League win in front of a sparse crowd at the Brick House.

Tillamook's Natalie Runkle led all scorers with 20 points, followed by teammate Millie Wilson with 12 and Becky Welch with 11. Shelby Cullen had nine points off the bench for Astoria.

The Cheesemakers forced the Fishermen into 40-plus turnovers, as they pressed the Astoria ball handlers right up until the final buzzer.

Tillamook (2-0 in league) was 15-of-29 at the free throw line, and Astoria was 5-of-7.

The Fishermen return to action Monday at Seaside.

Seaside 53, Banks 43SEASIDE - Seaside rebounded from a tough opening-night loss at Tillamook with a 53-43 win over Banks Thursday night in a Cowapa League girls basketball game.

Brenna Archibald led a trio of players in double figures with 14 points, Amanda Laird added 12, followed by Jenna Archibald with 11.

The Gulls used a 12-6 run in the first quarter to establish an early lead.

"Our defense and rebounding were huge," said Seaside coach Jill Conklin. "We had a ton of offensive rebounds, and we seemed to get every ball that came down on the defensive end as well."

The Gulls also showed some composure, Conklin said. Ashley Ryan stepped up and performed well for Noelle Harer, Seaside's starting point guard who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter; and Elle Warmbrodt came off the bench for six points in the first quarter.

"It was a good win for us," Conklin said. "We gained a lot of confidence."

The Gulls host Astoria Monday.

Naselle 40, Oakville 31OAKVILLE, Wash. - Kelli Revis scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Naselle to a 40-31 win at Oakville in a Pacific B League girls basketball game Thursday night.

Annie Herrold grabbed 13 rebounds and Toni Abbott pulled down nine boards for the Comettes, who led 24-21 at the end of the third quarter, before pulling away in the fourth.

Naselle hosts Taholah Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Ilwaco 43, Woodland 34ILWACO, Wash. - The keys to Ilwaco basketball: defense and rebounding.

"If we do those two things, then we're in good shape," said Fishermen head coach Matt Blair.

And so it was Thursday night at Ilwaco as the Fishermen rebounded and defended their way to a 43-34 win over Woodland in a Trico League boys basketball contest.

With the victory, Ilwaco improves to 5-0 in league (10-3 overall), with a showdown Monday at Ridgefield.

Ilwaco's defense made the save against Woodland as the Fishermen held the Beavers to just 10 second-half points, after Woodland led 24-21 at halftime.

"We were turning the ball over way too much," said Blair, whose team was also 2-of-11 at the free throw line.

On the plus side, Ilwaco's Ryan Cadwell scored 14 points, with seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Teammate Shane Padgett chipped in 10 points with five boards and three steals.

Trailing midway through the third quarter, Woodland spread the floor and ran time off the clock outscoring the Beavers 10-2 in the third.

South Bend 67, Naselle 51NASELLE, Wash. - The Naselle boys basketball team would rather re-do this makeup game. The Comets lost Thursday night at home to South Bend, 67-51, in a game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 6.

Naselle ran out of energy as a second-half comeback fell short. The Comets cut South Bend's lead to seven points in the third quarter before the Indians pulled away in the fourth.

Evan Hendrickson led Naselle with 10 points and four steals, while Aoy Marion scored eight points with five assists. Eli Williams and Tony Mendoza each had six rebounds for the Comets, who play at Taholah tonight.

Free throw contest setThe Knights of Columbus sponsor a free throw contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Star of the Sea School, 14th Street and Grand Avenue.

The contest is open to all boys and girls 10 to 14 years old. Warmup start at 6:30. There is no fee. Certificates are awarded to all who participate, with trophies for all winners in each age group.

More information call Mark Gagnon 325-7246

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