CLATSKANIE - It was just another night at the office for the Knappa boys basketball team, which posted a workman-like 81-43 win at Clatskanie Tuesday night in Northwest League action.

Toivo Fransen and Curtis Olds scored 15 points apiece to lead all players, while Brad Salisbury added 10 points and was active on the offensive boards all night for the Loggers.

Derek Jacobson chipped in nine points for Knappa, which went on a 17-8 run in the second period to open up a close game.

The Loggers are still struggling from the field, as they hit just 33-of-60 two-point field goals. Knappa has connected on just three of its last 33 3-point attempts, going back to Saturday's loss to Warrenton.

Lane Svenson scored eight points to lead Clatskanie.

The Loggers play at Portland Christian Friday.

Warrenton 62, Vernonia 26WARRENTON - Warrenton's Nate McBride scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures Tuesday night as the Warriors pounded Vernonia 62-26 in a Northwest League boys basketball game.

Zach Gantenbein added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists; Nick Bjork chipped in 11 points, six boards and five assists; and Brandon Smith scored 10 points with nine rebounds for the Warriors.

Warrenton had team totals of 38 rebounds and 14 assists, and the Warriors built a 54-17 lead after three quarters.

The Warriors play at De La Salle Friday.

Ilwaco 49, Castle Rock 35ILWACO, Wash. - Ilwaco coach Matt Blair called it a "big win" over visiting Castle Rock Tuesday night as the Fishermen defeated the Rockets in a crucial Trico League showdown at Aase Gymnasium, 49-35.

"It was just an outstanding team effort," said Blair, whose team improves to 4-0 in league play, 9-3 overall. "We were tied at half (17-17), but we came out in the second half and really put the screws to 'em.

"They have some big players (6-foot-7 and 6-6) on their front line, and our biggest player is 6-2, but we outworked them and played some great defense."

Rocky Mirelez scored a game-high 17 points for the Fishermen, while Ryan Cadwell added 16.

Blair said Tony Crete "had one of his best games ever defensively." Crete pulled down eight rebounds with three steals.

The Fishermen iced the game at the free throw line, where they were 12-of-13.

Ilwaco hosts Woodland Thursday.

Naselle 56, Oakville 31NASELLE, Wash. - Naselle pressured Oakville into 26 turnovers Tuesday night, which helped the Comets post a 56-31 win over the Acorns in a Pacific B League boys basketball game.

Evan Hendrickson scored 15 points to go with nine steals and three assists to lead the Comets, who used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to open up a 32-11 halftime lead.

Ricky Johnson added 13 points and five rebounds for Naselle, and Aoy Marion chipped in 12 points with five assists.

The Comets host South Bend in a makeup game Thursday.

Girls Basketball

Rainier 74, Astoria 45RAINIER - The Rainier girls basketball team opened the game with a 3-pointer, opened the second half with a 16-0 run, and opened their Cowapa League season with a 74-45 win over Astoria Tuesday night.

Rainier's Shanda Wagner hit a 3-pointer to start the scoring, and that set the tone for the evening, as she would knock three more treys on her way to an 18-point night.

Christy Boyd led the Columbians with 19, Amber Getzlaff scored 11 and Leanna Nagunst chipped in 10 for Rainier (6-8 overall, 1-0 in league).

Astoria was led by Shelby Cullen's 15 points. Kristann Quigley added 13 as the Fishermen fell behind 16-9 after one quarter, and trailed 34-22 at halftime.

The Columbians put the game away in the third period, using a 16-0 run to build an eventual 50-22 lead.

"I thought Shelby Cullen did a good job of putting shots up and showing some senior leadership," said Astoria coach Ralph Steinback. "We just have to start making more shots. We're getting good looks - we're just not scoring."

The Fishermen were 21-of-65 from the field, although Cullen was 7-of-19 and Quigley was 6-of-9.

It gets even tougher for Astoria Thursday, when the Fishermen host No. 1-ranked Tillamook.

In other Cowapa League action Tuesday, Scappoose defeated Banks 62-37.

Tillamook 78, Seaside 25TILLAMOOK - Are the Tillamook girls ready for the regular season?

From the looks of Tuesday night's league opener, the answer would be a big yes, as the Lady Mooks posted a 78-25 win over visiting Seaside.

Natalie Runkle scored a game-high 15 points to lead Tillamook, which led 24-2 after one quarter. Ashley Myers and Kim Kittell added 12 points apiece for the No. 1-ranked Cheesemakers, who play at Astoria Thursday.

Brenna Archibald scored nine points for the Gulls, who host Banks Thursday.

Knappa 47, Clatskanie 35CLATSKANIE - Knappa led by just one point going into the fourth quarter, but the Loggers opened it up in the final period to score a 47-35 win at Clatskanie Tuesday night in a Northwest League girls basketball game.

The Loggers had their hands full with the Tigers, who outscored Knappa 17-11 in the second quarter to force a 24-24 tie at halftime.

Knappa won the third period (5-4), then went on an 18-7 run in the fourth to pick up the victory. The Loggers improve to 5-0 in league play.

Katie Ho and Tracie Nygaard scored 12 points apiece to lead the Loggers, with nine points and six steals from Corey Jacobson.

Knappa dominated the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 54-31. Ho pulled down 16 rebounds (10 offensive boards), and Ali Gerttula and Nygaard each finished with 11 boards.

Kasha Klauser scored seven points and had four of Knappa's 16 steals.

The Loggers had 19 turnovers and struggled from the field, hitting just 14-of-66 shots. They made up for it at the free throw line, hitting 17-of-26 foul shots. Clatskanie was 1-of-3 at the line.

Knappa plays at Portland Christian Friday.


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