The chase is still on.
The Lady Pirates made sure they would not lose any ground to Vernonia by beating up on Life Christian.
Neah-Kah-Nie stayed one-half game behind unbeaten Vernonia in the Northwest League girls basketball race with a 56-32 win over Life Christian Saturday.
The Lady Pirates rebounded from a narrow non-league loss to Santiam Thursday by a 29-26 score.
The win Saturday improved Neah-Kah-Nie to 6-1 in league, right behind Vernonia’s 6-0 record, as it prepared to host rival Nestucca Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Rockaway Beach.
It also gives the Pirates an 8-5 record overall.
Vernonia is the only team to beat the Pirates in league so far this season.
Tuesday’s game is the first meeting of the season between the NWL rivals.
The 13th-ranked Pirates will travel to Gaston Friday.
In a non-league contest Thursday, the Pirates lost a narrow 29-26 non-league contest to Santiam.
The Pirates will travel to Warrenton Jan. 27 for a non-league battle with the 3A Warriors, then return home to play Vernonia in Rockaway Beach at 6 p.m.
A win by the Pirates over the Lady Loggers could lead to sharing a league crown if the two teams win the rest of the NWL contests.
A win by Vernonia would cement their status on top.
Knappa stumps Bobcats
Knappa dropped Nestucca’s Lady Cats by a 33-19 margin Saturday in Knappa.
The loss dropped Nestucca to 1-5 in Northwest League play and a tie with Life Christian at the bottom of the standings.
The Lady Cats are on the road Tuesday to play rival Neah-Kah-Nie, then stay on the road with a game at third place Faith Bible Friday.
The Bobcats will be back at home Jan. 27 to play at 6 p.m. against City Christian.
Life Christian will be in Cloverdale Jan. 30 for a 7 p.m. game as the Lady Cats hope to sweep the team in league play and for the third time this season.
After beating the team in the Riverdale tournament, the Bobcats made it two wins with a 43-32 win two weeks ago.