ILWACO, Wash. — Two teams who should be in contention for league titles in their respective states met on the court Thursday night at Ilwaco High School.
And in addition to their similar season goals, the Knappa Loggers and Ilwaco Fishermen were also both coming off disappointing losses Tuesday, and hoping to get back on the winning track.
The Loggers bounced back first, scoring a 56-48 win over the Fishermen, who suffered their third straight defeat, after opening the season with two wins.
Ilwaco may have been ready for the Loggers, but the Fishermen weren’t ready for Dale Takalo.
Knappa’s senior forward scored a game-high 31 points, which included a 15-for-16 effort at the free throw line.
After struggling in the first and fourth quarters in their loss at Clatskanie Tuesday, the Loggers lit up the scoreboard in the first and fourth periods Thursday, outscoring Ilwaco 42-26 in the two quarters.
Knappa did the rest from the free throw line, finishing 22-for-27 to Ilwaco’s 10-for-20.
Takalo scored his first 12 points in the first quarter, when he repeatedly took the ball to the hoop and either scored or was fouled, hitting all six of his free throw attempts.
But Knappa’s 21-11 lead after one period was trimmed to 27-23 at halftime. Ilwaco’s Tenyson Ramsey and Reese Tynkila both hit 3-point shots, and a layup by Parker Kaech tied the score at 23-23, before the Loggers closed the half with scores by Reece Hunt and Timber Engblom.
Ilwaco also had the game tied at 29, 31 and 33 in the third quarter, but the Fishermen could not find the go-ahead points.
Ilwaco was just 5-for-12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and shot 8-for-30 from the field in the second half.
Leading 37-35 early in the final quarter, Knappa’s Colton Weirup connected on an NBA-sized 3-pointer to push the lead to 40-35, and the Loggers never looked back. The Loggers were 10-for-14 from the line in the final 2:07.
Engblom added 13 points to Takalo’s 31, while Tynkila led Ilwaco with 14.
Junior Varsity: Ilwaco 46, Knappa 33.