TILLAMOOK - The Astoria and Seaside girls basketball teams staged a Clatsop Clash in Tillamook County Tuesday night, as the Fishermen and Gulls packed up and moved 50 miles south to play their Cowapa League tie-breaker.
With the loser of Tuesday night's game facing elimination, it was the Gulls who managed to live to play another day, with a 44-32 win over Astoria.
If there's one team that shines in the postseason, it's Seaside.
After losing three straight to finish the regular season, the Gulls have now won two in a row, both tie-breaker victories over Scappoose and Astoria. The Gulls will hope to continue their win streak in a Regional Play-in game, 6 p.m. Friday at Madras.
Behind eight first-quarter points from Kaitlin Lewis, the Gulls jumped out to a commanding 13-5 lead after one period in Tuesday's tie-breaker.
Seaside extended the margin to 14 points by halftime. After a three-point play by Astoria's Olivia Israel that had the Fish within 19-15, the Gulls responded with a 10-0 run to finish the first half, capped by a reverse layup from Emily Becker.
The 29-15 deficit was definitely not good news for Astoria, which averaged 30.6 points per game in 10 league games.
Baskets by Marina Oman and Katie Leino to start the third quarter helped the Fishermen, but Seaside had three straight scores to end the period. Baskets by Jessie Olson, Lewis and Katy Kawasoe gave the Gulls a 40-25 lead heading into the final quarter.
Lewis had a game-high 15 points for Seaside, and Villegas had 10 for the Gulls. Israel had eight points in her final game for Astoria.