Columbia High's early-season shooting misery continued in a 39-32 non-league girls basketball loss at Montesano last Thursday.
The Bruins (0-2) fell behind, 11-0, in the early going before closing within 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.
They then put together a strong run in the second, sinking 9-of-11 foul shots, to take a 21-20 lead. The Bulldogs rallied, however, to lead, 24-21, at halftime.
Montesano opened up a 32-21 advantage in the third quarter before senior Megan Harvey sank two free throws to make it 32-23 entering the fourth.
Freshman Ericka Ziegler scored six of her team-high 10 points in the final stanza but they weren't enough to help the Bruins close the gap.
"We were getting good shots," said Bruins Coach Mike Yarnell, "but we weren't getting enough of them to fall."
Columbia kept the game close, however, with a 12-for-17 effort from the foul line, where sophomore Chani Weiler sank 7 of 8 on her way to nine points.
Ziegler led all rebounders with 15 boards to finish with her first career double-double. Weiler and freshman Shannon McNallan each tallied seven steals.
Kalama 66, at Columbia High 44 --
The Chinooks took control of the Nov. 30 non-league contest with an 8-0 run that closed out the first quarter.
Kalama led by 13 points after one quarter, by 16 at halftime and by as many as 26 points in the third en route to the season-opening victory.
The Bruins led briefly in the opening minutes of play but lost their momentum midway through the first quarter when sophomore point guard Chani Weiler went to the bench with three fouls. (Weiler eventually fouled out with 2:42 to go in the third quarter.)
Columbia got within 14 points twice at the start of the third quarter and again early in the fourth--thanks to a 13-3 run sparked by the scoring of junior Becky Clary-- but no closer.
Clary led the Bruins with 15 points; she had 12 of those in the fourth quarter.
Senior Corrine Blankenship added nine points and tied Clary for second on the team with seven rebounds.
Freshman Ericka Ziegler's eight rebounds paced CHS, which out-boarded Kalama, 32-21, overall. Ziegler also had a team-leading five steals in her varsity debut.
But while rebounding was a strong suit for the Bruins on opening night, shooting wasn't.
Columbia scored just 16-of-71 shots from the field, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range, and only 11 of 21 from the foul line.
Kalama conversely made 26-of-65 field-goal attempts (40 percent overall, 0/2 on 3-pointers) and 14-of-26 free throws.