WARRENTON - There was no need for double overtime Tuesday night at Warrenton. In fact, there was barely a need for all four quarters.
The last time the City Christian and Warrenton girls basketball teams met on the court, the Warriors and the Lions battled through two overtime periods before Warrenton posted a 55-51 win.
The Warriors didn't mess around in Tuesday's Northwest League playoff with City Christian. Warrenton built a 17-8 lead after one quarter, then cruised to a 54-40 win.
Ditsy Claterbos scored 16 points and Gracie Smith added 12 for the Warriors, who will play Clatskanie in a loser-out game Friday at Astoria.
Warrenton took a 13-8 lead late in the first quarter and turned it into a 26-8 advantage early in the second, and the Lions never recovered.
Smith had six points in the 13-0 run, Dani Cederberg scored on a 3-pointer, and Cederberg and Claterbos both scored off steals for the big lead.
"(City Christian) did a real nice job in that diamond-and-one defense the last time, so we put in an offense just for that, and I thought we did a pretty good job with it," said Warrenton coach John Mattila, who led the Warriors to their 20th win of the season - their fifth straight.
The Warriors have plenty of playoff experience on the roster, but gained a little more Tuesday.
"(Assistant coach L.J. Eaves) mentioned before the game that we were a little more nervous than usual, but I said, 'that's a good thing.' You need to be a little nervous," said Mattila.
Once they got rolling, the Warriors began to pull away, sparked by Smith's 10 points in the first half. The Warrior defense forced 15 first-half turnovers by the Lions.
City Christian rebounded, literally, in the second half, to cut the Warrenton lead to 51-39 in the closing minutes.
"The first half we kind of dominated the boards, but in the second half - I don't know if we got tired or what - but they got a lot of second-shot opportunities, and that got them back into the ball game," Mattila said.
The Warriors scored just four points in the final quarter, all on free throws.
Cederberg finished with nine points and Lizzie O'Casey added six points and six rebounds off the bench. Katie Heater had five points and six boards.
Astoria 46, Scappoose 43SCAPPOOSE - Overachieving. The Astoria Fishermen have been doing it all year, and now they'll get their chance to overachieve - as they always seem to do - in the state playoffs.
Astoria wrapped up the Cowapa League's second seed to the state playoffs Tuesday night with a clutch, 46-43 win at Scappoose.
The Fishermen, 12-12 overall and 6-4 in league, will now host the third-place team from the Greater Oregon League March 8.
Scappoose also finishes 6-4, but lost to Astoria twice during the regular season. The Indians will host Banks in a league playoff Friday.
Astoria trailed 10-9 after one quarter, but then went on a 7-0 run to start the second to build a 28-17 halftime lead.
The Indians struggled from the field, hitting just two of their 20 3-point field goal attempts, as the Fishermen maintained their 8-10 point lead through most of the second half.
Astoria junior Digger Cokley scored a game-high 14 points, and converted two free throws with nine seconds left to clinch the win.
Will Kancharla added 10 points for the Fishermen, who were 15-of-32 from the field and 10-of-15 at the free throw line.
Rainier 59, Seaside 47RAINIER - Rainier and Seaside finished out the regular season Tuesday night, with the Columbians scoring a 59-47 win over the Gulls in Cowapa League boys basketball action.
The two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Friday in Rainier, as the Columbians (5-5) finish fourth in the league standings, three games ahead of the fifth-place Gulls (2-8). The winner of Friday's game will play the winner of Scappoose-Banks for the No. 3 seed to the state playoffs.
Kevin Nagunst scored 17 points to lead Rainier, while Vito Cerelli scored 13 for Seaside.
The Columbians were 18-of-26 at the free throw line, with the Gulls finishing 9-of-13 and 13-of-37 from the field.