The final Clatsop Clash basketball games of 2019-20 went out with a bang Feb. 7.
No major upsets, but the four teams at least put on a show for the last Clatsop Clash to be played alongside Highway 101.
Barring any state playoff meetings between the two schools, the last basketball games between the Fishermen and Gulls at Seaside High School (ye olde Seaside High School) played out as expected.
In game one of Friday’s doubleheader, the No. 2-ranked Astoria girls took advantage of one bad quarter for the Lady Gulls in a 49-38 win over Seaside.
And the No. 2-ranked Seaside boys capped the Clash with a non-memorable finish, in a 65-37 victory over Astoria.
The Lady Fishermen and the Seaside boys both have plans on playing for state championships March 14 in Forest Grove, but neither team was at its best Friday night.
The Astoria girls trailed 8-1, missed their first eight shots from the field and committed 22 turnovers; and the Seaside boys missed 20 shots from the 3-point line.
For the most part, Friday’s games will be mostly forgotten by the time the next Clatsop Clash league meeting at Seaside takes place sometime in 2021 at Seaside’s new high school.
Girls Astoria 49, Seaside 38
Winners of two straight and fresh off a win at Banks, Seaside was hoping to pull off an upset against Astoria in the girls’ game.
But after jumping out to an 8-1 lead, the Lady Gulls were outscored 24-9 the remainder of the first half, then committed 15 turnovers in the third quarter and trailed 40-25 going into the fourth.
Astoria had 15 turnovers of its own in the second half, and missed 31 shots from the field.
Still, the Lady Fish improved to 5-0 in league play, and can officially lock up the Cowapa title with a win Tuesday at Banks.
Julia Norris and Brooklynn Hankwitz scored 17 points apiece for Astoria, with Norris scoring 11 in the second quarter.
Ellisa Blodgett had 13 points and Ruby Douglas added 10 for Seaside.
“We had to avoid any sustained stretches of turnovers,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “The third quarter it looked like we forgot everything we already had done. We thought we could throw the ball over (Kelsey) Fausett, when clearly we couldn’t.”
But, he said, “we were better through most of the night, as I thought we would. Nice to have Elly (Blodgett) help with some scoring. I think we can beat a lot of teams with that effort, just not Astoria. You can’t have any bad stretches, plus (against a team) that has a lot of offensively-skilled kids.”
Boys Seaside 65, Astoria 37
In their previous meeting in January, Astoria held first half leads of 16-2 and 20-8 over Seaside, and Fisherman sophomore Colton McMaster scored 35 points. The Gulls made sure that neither happened in the rematch.
Seaside trailed 8-4 early in Friday’s game, but less than five minutes later, the Gulls led 34-15.
Three-pointers by Brayden Johnson and Everest Sibony sparked a 27-5 run, and the Gulls were never threatened after that.
Meanwhile, McMaster was held to six points, while Astoria struggled from the free throw line (7-for-20) and had eight of their 16 turnovers in the second quarter.
Johnson — the high-flying Seagull forward — finished with just five points, all in the first quarter. To pick up the slack, Ryan Hague led the Gulls with 16 points, followed by Beau Johnson with 11 and Sibony with 10 points off the bench.
Despite their 28-point loss, the Fishermen owned the highlight of the night, a steal and breakaway dunk by Ryan Stenblom to open the second half.
McMaster and Xander Marincovich added 3-pointers in a 9-2 run by Astoria to start the third quarter, and drew the Fishermen to within 40-26.