Willamina outscored the Lady Pirates 12-3 at the free throw line to narrowly win a 38-32 victory Tuesday morning at the Neah-Kah-Nie gym.
By Brad Mosher
Playing the second game of the annual Driftwood Classic, the visiting Bulldogs made 12 of 27 attempts from the charity stripe, while the hosts only got eight chances at the line.
Both teams hit 10 regular baskets, while Neah-Kah-Nie had a 3-2 edge in three-pointers – giving the Pirates a 29-26 lead in regular scoring.
“We had a tough battle with Willamina,” coach Corey Douma said after the game. “Our team played hard and Willamina is very talented. Our team battled them all day.
“We got off to a fast start, then Willamina changed their defense around and clamped down on us a bit,” the coach added.
With free throws, Willamina shot 27 and we shot eight. That was pretty much the ball game right there. Even though we lost, it was a good way to end our preseason. We get into league on Saturday versus City Christian. We have some things we need to work on but I’m pretty happy,” Douma said.
The Pirates led 13-3 after the first quarter, and still led at the half by an 18-13 margin.
By the end of the third quarter, Neah-Kah-Nie held just a 26-23 advantage.
It was in the fourth quarter the Lady Bulldogs pulled the victory out by scoring 13 points and holding the Pirates to just six.
Senior Alaina Holm led all scorers with 17, while Annie Romig followed with six and Sara Phillips put in four points. Maddie Lambert scored three and Jamey Sherman added two.
The Pirates return to Northwest League play Saturday when they host City Christian at 1:30 p.m. City Christian has a 3-5 record, with games Tuesday and Wednesday in the Regis Tournament.
Neah-Kah-Nie dropped to 3-5 with the loss to Willamina.