Lilli Taylor, basketball

Seaside sophomore Lilli Taylor, in a 28-point game against Scappoose. She suffered an ankle sprain over the Christmas break at the Stayton Holiday Classic.

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Seaside girls basketball team was looking more like a Cowapa League team, following their second straight win Dec. 12.

The Lady Gulls had everything well in hand by halftime in a nonleague game at Corbett, leading 23-9 at the break on their way to a much-tougher-than-it-should-have-been 38-31 victory over the Cardinals.

After playing to a 7-7 tie in the first quarter, Seaside outscored Corbett 16-2 in the second in a foul-plagued first half, which featured a combined 25 fouls.

While the Cardinals finished 1-for-9 at the free throw line in the first half, the Gulls were dominating the boards and racking up points, including a pair of 3-pointers by Jadah Doney in the second period.

Lilli Taylor and Tristyn McFadden both knocked down 3-pointers in the third quarter for an eventual 29-14 lead.

That’s when the Cardinals had their only good stretch of offense in the game, as Corbett answered with 3-pointers by Sydney Schimel, Luciana Raimondo and Tia Kendall, trimming the Seaside lead to 29-25.

Taylor led the Gulls with nine points before fouling out, while Doney and Ruby Douglas had eight points apiece. Olivia Fritz had 10 points for Corbett before fouling out.

Gulls 45, Scappoose 31

The third time was the charm for the Seaside girls basketball team.

After an 0-2 start, the Lady Gulls scored their first win of the season Dec. 10, a 45-31 decision over Scappoose at the Gulls’ Nest.

The Gulls spent the night pulling down offensive rebounds, forcing turnovers and shooting free throws. And did all three well, dominating the game on both ends of the court against the 5A Indians.

Seaside sophomore Lilli Taylor continues to show why she is one of the top 4A players in the state, as she scored 28 points, and went 8-of-10 at the free throw line. She also pulled down 16 rebounds (seven offensive boards) and blocked five shots.

Seaside was 13-of-21 at the free throw line, to 2-of-8 for the Indians.

The Gulls held a slim 16-14 lead at halftime, but put the game away in the opening minutes of the third period, as Taylor and Ruby Douglas combined for an 11-0 run. Taylor had 11 of her points in the quarter, five at the free throw line.

“It feels good to get in the win column,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. The third quarter made the difference, “as we upped the defensive pressure.”

He added, Taylor “was able to get to the basket and finish at the rim. She piled up some pretty impressive numbers, as she played hard from end to end.”

Douglas finished with eight points and Ellisa Blodgett added seven.

Blodgett, Hawes said, is “starting to get a feel for the game after missing last year, and Ruby had some nice buckets. We still have a long ways to go, just being players, seeing opportunities, understanding space and help, and all those little things that good teams do.”

Seaside was 16-of-48 from the field (0-for-9 from the 3-point line), while the Gulls had 38 rebounds, 15 at the offensive end. Seaside plays Thursday at Corbett.

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