In a game that took just over an hour to complete, the Astoria girls basketball team needed only about nine minutes to score all the points they would need, and went on to crush Clatskanie, 57-21, in a nonleague contest Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Fishermen led 20-6 after one quarter, then outscored the Tigers 25-4 in the second period. Astoria’s swarming, trapping defense led to 28 turnovers for Clatskanie in the first half, in which Astoria freshman Shelby Bruney scored all of her 20 points.
Bruney played half the third quarter, and the game finished under a running clock in the fourth period. The Tigers went scoreless in the third quarter and finished with 36 turnovers.
Bruney hit three 3-pointers in the first half, but highlighted her game with a steal and score in the final seconds of the first quarter, and completed it with a free throw for a three-point play.
More turnovers off points helped the Lady Fish end the second quarter on a 12-0 run for a 45-10 halftime lead.
Astoria hosts Molalla Tuesday, followed by road games at Corbett and Banks to start the league season.