Other than Aspen Slifka, the Banks Braves did not play a perfect game Friday night at Astoria. But Slifka was enough, as the junior put on a show at the Brick House to lead the No. 3-ranked Braves to a 45-33 victory.
A 9-0 run by Astoria helped the Lady Fishermen build a 15-12 lead early in the second quarter.
That’s about when Slifka took over, scoring 10 of the next 12 points for the Braves for a 24-20 halftime lead. Slifka scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second period, helping Banks (16-1 overall) to its seventh straight win and a 4-0 league record.
While Slifka was having a big night, the Braves struggled from the free throw line (5-for-14) and missed all 14 of their 3-point attempts.
Meanwhile, Astoria’s Sam Hemsley made three 3-pointers, including two in the first quarter. She hit a running jumper early in the second, while Brooklynn Hankwitz and Kelsey Fausett added outside shots for the 15-12 lead.
Hemsley added her third 3-pointer late in the second quarter and finished with a team-high 14 points. Hankwitz scored nine despite foul trouble.
The Fishermen had 15 of their 23 turnovers in the first half, while the Braves outscored Astoria 14-3 in a decisive third quarter. Banks lost starter Sydney Gregg to a knee injury in the second period.
The Lady Fishermen are still ranked 14th in the state with a 10-7 overall record, 2-2 in league. Astoria’s next three games (Scappoose, Valley Catholic, Seaside) are on the road.