KNAPPA — The Vernonia Loggers struggled with turnovers, while the Knappa Loggers had problems shooting the ball Thursday night at Knappa, in a crucial Northwest League girls basketball game.
But someone had to win. It turned out to be Vernonia, which overcame 17 first half turnovers in a 36-29 win over Knappa.
Knappa was within 8-6 midway through the first quarter, but their downfall was Vernonia’s Vivianna Bustamante.
The senior guard scored the first 11 points for her team, and finished with a game-high 21 (16 in the first half).
Knappa’s pressure defense came up with 12 steals and forced 29 turnovers, but the home Loggers continued to struggle from the field in the second half, in which Knappa was 6-for-34 from the field (10-for-56 for the game).
Kaitlyn Landwehr led Knappa with 10 points (nine in the first half), while freshman Madelynn Weaver finished with seven points and five rebounds. Aiko Miller added four points and four steals.