Thursday, December 27, 2007
Columbia High overcame a nine-point third-quarter deficit to win last Thursday's SWW 1A Trico Division girls basketball game in Ilwaco, 44-39.
Ericka Ziegler and Michelle McMillen each scored 11 points for the Bruins, who outscored the host Fishermen, 18-4, in the final eight minutes of White Salmon's Trico opener.
Through the first 24 minutes of play, however, Columbia let Ilwaco take the lead in determining the game's outcome.
Columbia (1-0, 5-2) trailed Ilwaco (1-1, 2-4) at the end of every break in action: 11-5 after one quarter, 24-13 at halftime and 35-26 through three quarters.
But in the fourth period, Ilwaco lost its best player, Lanie Kary, to fouls and, finally, its control over the game.
Turnovers that didn't hurt the Fishermen greatly in the first three quarters took their toll in the fourth. By game's end, Ilwaco had turned the ball over to Columbia 52 times.
The Bruins were much obliged. They capitalized by putting together their highest scoring fourth quarter of the season to date.
Columbia High 58, at Corbett, Ore. 21:
Ericka Ziegler had 17 rebounds and 13 points to lead the Bruins to the Dec. 18 non-league win over the Cardinals.
Lacey Kruse added 11 rebounds, eight points and five steals, and Erica Clevidence chipped in 10 points and five steals for Columbia, which, on the plus side, outrebounded Corbett, 41-23, and totaled 12 assists and 22 steals. On the minus side, CHS committed 13 turnovers and made half of its free throws (4/8).
Columbia plays Goldendale today in a first-round game of the Winter Vacation Tournament at Lyle High School. The Bruins and the Timberwolves tip-off their game at 2 p.m.
Tomorrow, Columbia takes on host Lyle (3-1) in the day's third game, which gets underway at approximately 5 p.m.
Next Tuesday the Bruins will return to SWW 1A Trico Division play at Castle Rock.