The Lady Pirates are one of the top
teams in the Northwest League this season,
riding through league play just onehalf
game behind undefeated Vernonia.
But it isn’t Vernonia that keeps coach
Corey Douma worried. It is the other
teams targeting the 13th-ranked
It took a late surge for
the Neah- Kah-Kie
girls to stop a
bid by Nestucca.
we were able to get
some steals and some
easy buckets. We were able to pull it
out,” he said.
The Pirates will have a rematch with
the Lady Loggers from Vernonia Jan. 28
in front of a home crowd in Rockaway
That won’t be the only important
game in the final weeks of the league
season for the Pirates.
All of them will be important if the
Pirates want to not only make the league
playoffs but the 2A playoffs as well. The
OSAA will take the top two teams from
the league and then, depending on the
team’s ranking and record, could open
the playoffs to a third-place squad.
After 13 games this season, the Pirates
are off to an 8-5 start and are 6-1 in
The team still has to play Faith Bible
Feb. 5 in front of a home crowd in
Rockaway Beach. They are one and a half
games behind the Pirates in the standings,
primed to move into second if the
Pirates stumble in the final weeks of the
The Pirates have a strong core of seniors,
led by Alaina Holm, Annie Romig,
Jamey Sherman and Sarah Phillips.
They also have been getting strong
play from juniors Katie Clifford, Fayth
Dunn Sari Booth and Caitlyn Scull.
Sophomores Maddie Lambert and Esmeralda
Ramirez have also been busy in the
team’s rise in the league standings this