Gulls 54, Indians 41
SEASIDE — The Seaside Gulls began the second half of the Cowapa League season the same way they began the first — with yet another win over the defending state champions.
Seaside cruised past Scappoose for the second time, defeating the Indians 54-41.
Scappoose held a 26-23 lead at halftime, and pushed the lead to 31-25 in the third quarter, but the rest of the night belonged to the Gulls.
Jackson Januik and Jaxson Smith drained 3-pointers, and Austin Eagon did the rest, as the senior dominated the contest, pouring in 25 points to lead all scorers.
Seaside outscored the Indians 14-4 in the final quarter.
With four games left in the league season, the team in the driver’s seat of Cowapa League boys basketball is not defending state champion Scappoose. Nor is it Seaside, everybody’s favorite to dethrone the Indians.
Fishermen at the top
The first-place spot in the Cowapa belongs to the Fishermen, who sit atop the toughest league at the Class 4A level with a 5-1 record.
The No. 9-ranked Fishermen scored their latest victory Friday at the Brick House, a 48-34 win over the Braves.
A Clatsop Clash could ultimately decide the league title, but first things first, said Astoria coach Kevin Goin. There’s more big games to be played.
With games remaining against No. 5-ranked Scappoose, No. 3-ranked Seaside and 10th-ranked Valley Catholic, the Fishermen won’t be looking ahead to the Feb. 16 game with the Gulls.
For the rest of the Cowapa, the Fishermen — winners of eight of their last nine — have become the toughest team to beat.
Seaside 40, Scappoose 30
SEASIDE — Seaside had four players sidelined with injuries Friday night, but the Gulls still had more than enough to beat winless Scappoose, 40-30, in a Cowapa League contest at Seaside.
Three players scored in double figures for the Gulls, who were missing Lucy Bodner, Annuka Brown, Maddi Utti and Brittany West.
Jesse Trott led the way with 12 points, followed by Paige Ideue and Sydney Villegas with 10 points apiece.
Seaside held a slim 20-17 lead at halftime, but a 7-0 run in the third quarter — keyed by two long range jumpers from Trott — put the game away midway through the quarter.