The Neah-Kah-Nie boys and girls basketball teams were both riding a pair of streaks before facing the Knappa Loggers on Jan. 25. But fortunately and unfortunately, both streaks came to an end last Friday.
The Lady Pirates went into last week’s game after losing three straight games and were looking to right the ship against a struggling Knappa team, who they had beat earlier this season. In a battle between two teams searching for a spot in the league playoffs, Neah-Kah-Nie defeated Knappa 39-35 in Rockaway Beach.
Sophomore Kyla Huntley, who scored a game-high 19 points, led the Pirates efforts as they improved to 5-7 in league play. Neah-Kah-Nie currently holds the sixth place in the league standings, the final spot for the league playoffs.
This week the Pirates will play three of their final four games against opponents that are very beatable. After playing the lowly Columbia Christian Knights Tuesday, the Pirates will travel to Faith Bible to play the Falcons on Thursday. Earlier this month, the Lady Pirates lost a competitive 45-32 decision to Faith Bible.
Then on Saturday, the Neah-Kah-Nie will battle county rival Nestucca, who the Pirates lost to earlier after a spirited comeback effort.
The Pirate boys were on a four game win streak before Friday, when they took on No. 7 ranked Knappa. Early on, the Pirates were looking to make it their fifth win in row as they got out to a quick start and claimed a 12-10 lead after the first quarter, while forcing 10 Logger turnovers.
However, the second quarter was all Knappa as they outscored the Pirates 17-9 to take a six-point lead into the half. Knappa went on an 18-8 run in the third period, and found more success in the final quarter as they Pirates fell 64-44. The loss was the Pirates 24th straight to Knappa, going back to 2002-03.
Despite the disappointing game, the Pirates still sit in third place in the league with just four games remaining.
Neah-Kah-Nie will be at home on Saturday against league rival Nestucca. The girls play first at 4 p.m. and the boys follow it up with a game at 5:30 p.m.