Lilli Taylor scored 26 points, and Seaside led from start to finish at winless Estacada in a nonleague girls basketball game Jan. 10.
The visiting Gulls went on a 15-1 run midway through the second half on their way to an easy 56-33 victory over the Rangers.
Seaside improved to 6-6, while Estacada — ranked 34th out of 34 teams — dropped to 0-11.
The Rangers had their moments, rallying from an early 10-1 deficit and pulling to within 17-15 with 4:40 left in the first half.
But sparked by consecutive scores from Taylor, Seaside finished the first half on an 8-0 run for a 25-15 lead at the break.
The teams traded hoops for the first half of the third quarter, before the Gulls started scoring off steals and turnovers to build an insurmountable lead.
Taylor and Jadah Doney both had baskets off steals, and Seaside built an eventual 25-point lead.
Taylor scored nine of her 26 in the final period. Ruby Douglas was Seaside’s only other player in double figures, with 10 points, while Tristyn McFadden added seven.
“All wins are good wins, someone said, and can’t say I’d argue with that,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “Lilli and Ruby kind of saved the day for us, and Tristyn has played some nice floor games recently.”
Douglas had four assists and 12 of Seaside’s 30 rebounds, while the Gulls hauled in 12 offensive boards and finished with 13 steals. Seaside was 0-for-7 from the 3-point line and 8-for-20 on free throws, but shot 46 percent from the field (24-of-52).
Hawes added, “Again, it’s a process and hopefully we build on this and get ready for the last non-league game,” Tuesday at home vs. Gladstone. “We did some good things, but we’re still learning how to compete for four quarters and what it means to play hard.”
Lady Gulls 37, Warrenton 32
The Seaside and Warrenton girls basketball teams played the momentum game, in a nonleague Clatsop Clash Jan. 8 at Warrenton.
Seaside ultimately won the back-and-forth affair, 37-32, for its third win over the last five games, while the Warriors dropped their fourth in the last five.
Still — after falling behind 14-6 late in the first quarter — the Lady Warriors controlled most of the action in the second and third periods, building an eight-point lead of their own in the fourth.
A steal and layup by Seaside’s Tristyn McFadden gave the Gulls their eight-point lead in the first quarter, but Warrenton answered with a huge first half from their designated sharp-shooter.
Senior Kenzie Ramsey had 11 of Warrenton’s 14 first half points, then had three consecutive scores off three turnovers for the first six points of the third quarter, giving the Warriors a 20-16 lead.
Baskets by Annie Heyen and Melia Kapua had Warrenton in front 25-22 after three quarters of play.
And the Warriors added to their lead to start the fourth, with a 3-pointer from Grace Fritz and a pair of free throws by Avyree Miethe giving Warrenton a seemingly safe 30-22 lead.
But the biggest run of the night belonged to the Lady Gulls, as a simple layup from Ruby Douglas sparked a 15-2, game-deciding run for Seaside.
Back in the Seaside lineup after spraining her ankle in a tournament at Stayton, Lilli Taylor scored six straight points to tie the game at 30-30.
A 3-pointer by teammate Ellisa Blodgett gave the Gulls a 33-30 advantage with 2:40 remaining, and Seaside closed with scores from Taylor and Douglas, while Rebecca Kelly had a late bucket for the Warriors.
Taylor led all scorers with 18 points to go with 10 rebounds and three steals, while Ramsey had 17 for Warrenton. The Gulls had 21 turnovers, and shot 37 percent from the field (17-for-45).
“We finally started doing what had been there all along,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “Clearly having Lilli start at the top on offense settled us.”
Warrenton’s “best play was intercepting our horrible passes,” he said. “I will say I’m very happy we pulled this out. Perhaps we can continue to learn some from it.”