Pirates right the ship against rival Gaston

A packed gym at Nestucca High School Jan. 10 was treated to a pair of nail-biting games between Tillamook County rivals Nestucca and Neah-Kah-Nie.
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The girls opened up the evening with a physical, foul-filled game that looked to be safely in the hands of the Bobcats for the majority of the night.
Their consistent attack on offense helped the Bobcats build a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter. However, the resilient Lady Pirates fought tooth and nail to erase a 10 point fourth quarter deficit and cut Nestucca’s lead down to just two points with just a few seconds to go.
“We were aggressive offensively for only one quarter,” Neah-Kah-Nie head coach Corey Douma said. “I thought our defense was solid all night, a few mistakes here and there but we were so timid on offense quarters 1-3 that it left us in a big hole that we almost got ourselves out of.”
The Pirates’ fourth quarter attack was led by senior Alicia Cruz Lilly, who compiled the majority of her points off of drives to the basket. After Lilly’s bucket cut the Nestucca lead to two, a questionable no-call on the Bobcats proceeding inbound play allowed Nestucca to get the ball inbounds before getting fouled.
“The non-call at the end with 3.1 seconds left was highly disappointing,” Douma said. “We should have had the ball out of bounds under our basket with a chance to win or tie but that was taken away from us. Who’s to say if we would have made it or not or even get a shot off but at least we would have gotten a chance.”
Clutch, late game free throws iced the game for Nestucca, who prevailed to earn a 38-33 win.
Dropping to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in league play, the Lady Pirates were looking to bounce back against league rival Gaston on Tuesday, Jan. 15. And they did so in a big way.
The Greyhounds entered the game against Neah-Kah-Nie with just a single win due to a roster composed of mainly underclassmen. The Lady Pirates took full advantage of Gaston’s lack of experience and talent and led the game from start to finish to cruise to a 50-14 win.
The Pirates will be hosting league leader Portland Christian Friday before traveling to City Christian on Saturday. Douma is looking forward to facing the tough competition.
“Portland Christian seems to be playing better and better, so that will be tough one,” Douma said. “Then City on Saturday, who seems to be playing well, I am sure they will be up for the game since we were able to sneak out a win against them in December.”

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