Astoria 57, Molalla 42The Astoria Fishermen were looking to win their second game in a row - something they haven't done all year. The Molalla Indians, meanwhile, were looking to settle a little score.
There was plenty of incentive for both teams Wednesday night at the Brick House, as Molalla and Astoria met for the first time since January of last year, when the Fishermen trailed the entire game before Astoria's Will Kancharla scored at the buzzer for a 47-46 win.
For the Indians, Wednesday night's revenge wasn't so sweet.
The Fishermen broke open a close game at halftime and ran away with a 57-42 win over Molalla, winning their second game in two nights.
It was about this time last year that Astoria picked it up a notch, and built a little momentum heading into the Cowapa League season.
And now, thanks to a little team meeting and two straight victories, the Fishermen are revving their engines for the league season, again.
"We had a good talk after the Yamhill-Carlton game, and sort of aired some things out," said Astoria coach Chris Hunt. "We just talked about what we have to do start having some success and start winning.
"We were able to start focusing after that, and tonight I thought we really played well together. We're playing like a team. We had 11 players play, and nine of them had assists."
A jump shot by Astoria's Digger Cokley with 3:55 left in the first half broke a 17-17 tie, and the Fishermen never trailed again.
The Indians were within one point (26-25) at halftime, but Astoria opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run, and following a pair of 3-pointers from Anthony Hill, the Fishermen led 45-33 going into the fourth quarter.
Hill led all scorers with 24 points, to go with five rebounds and three steals. James Jasper added 17 points and seven boards. After scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter in the win over North Marion Tuesday, Jasper scored eight in the final period against the Indians.
Cokley finished with seven points and three assists, and Andrew Mattingly had another solid effort off the bench, with five points.
Astoria was 21-of-40 from the field, while Molalla was 17-of-58. The Fishermen hit 13-of-22 free throws attempts, and the Indians were just 3-of-10 at the line.
Molalla 54, Astoria 40MOLALLA - The Astoria girls basketball team took their theme song ("On the Road Again") and made the trip to Molalla Wednesday night for a nonleague makeup game.
And while improvements were made, the Fishermen still came out on the losing end, 54-40.
Astoria was playing its second road game in two nights after dropping an 84-35 decision at North Marion Tuesday. The Fishermen continue their travels Friday, visiting Taft.
"We got within eight points in the fourth quarter, but we just ran out of gas," said Astoria coach Ralph Steinback. "(Heather) Arnold and (Kristann) Quigley also fouled out midway through the fourth, which hurt.
"This is still a young group, but they're getting better," he said.
Molalla's Caitie Taflelig scored a game-high 22 points, with 11 points from teammate Liz Liechty.
Shelby Cullen led Astoria with 12 points, while Arnold chipped in 10 points and Jade Kelly scored eight.