Girls Basketball

Astoria 37,

Seaside 18

It was "Upset Night" in Cowapa League girls basketball Friday, and the Seaside and Astoria girls took center stage.

Entering the game with a 1-6 league record, the Lady Fishermen picked up their second win in a row, with a 37-18 victory over the Gulls, who came in with a 3-4 mark.

Elsewhere Friday, Yamhill-Carlton knocked off Banks, 21-18, in another upset.

The Gulls did not help themselves by going into a deep freeze from the field in the second half, while Astoria played perhaps its best fourth quarter of the season.

The Lady Fish scored 17 of their 37 points in the final period, while the Gulls connected on just 2-of-31 attempts from the field in the final two quarters.

Add it all up, and Astoria scored its biggest Clatsop Clash win in 10 years. The previous largest margin of victory for Astoria was a 22-point win in 2002-03.

"It was nice to pull it out of the bag," said Astoria's Kiera Olson, who scored a game-high 12 points. "I think we definitely played as a team, and we worked together to complete our goal.

"We're just improving so much," she said, adding that Astoria's postseason hopes are still alive. The top four teams from the Cowapa League will make the Regional Play-in round.

"We're really hoping," Olson said. "That would be awesome, because we're starting to win and improve."

Neither team was exactly providing any heat for the Brick House in the first half, which ended with Seaside holding a 12-11 advantage.

The Gulls missed all seven of their free throw attempts in the first half (and finished 2-of-13), while Astoria was 4-of-16 from the field, and scored just three points in the second quarter.

A jump shot by Astoria's Jessica Murren early in the third broke a 13-13 tie, and started a 7-4 run for the Fishermen to end the period.

But the Fish saved their biggest run for the fourth quarter.

Olivia Israel scored on a drive to the hoop early in the period, which started a 15-0 rally for Astoria.

Marina Oman knocked down a jump shot, Olson scored off an inbound play, Israel banked in two more, and Astoria made 7-of-12 free throws in the final 3:20 to secure the win.

Meanwhile, the Gulls were 0-for-16 from the field in the fourth quarter, and scored their only point of the period on a Maddy Villegas free throw with 1:12 remaining.

"We outrebounded them (40-29, including 20 offensive rebounds) and also played hard and aggressive ‘til the end of the game," said Seaside coach Mike Jacobson. But, "anytime you shoot as poorly as we did, you will not win. Whenever you get 20 offensive rebounds, you're hoping to convert some of those into easy baskets, but we just couldn't put the ball in the basket."

Astoria will try to continue its win streak Tuesday at home vs. Yamhill-Carlton, while the Gulls will look to upset the now first-place Tillamook Cheesemakers Tuesday at home.

 

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