The Seaside Lady Gulls gave No. 4-ranked North Marion a scare, but the Huskies managed to squeak out a nonleague girls basketball win Jan. 11 on their home floor with a low-scoring 31-24 victory over Seaside.
North Marion’s 31 points tied their lowest offensive output of the season. The Huskies were coming off a 50-31 loss to Banks six days earlier.
Meanwhile, Seaside had to rally from a 20-9 third quarter deficit, with Morgan Blodgett and Annaka Garhofer leading a comeback that brought the Gulls to within 22-20 early in the fourth period.
Following a 3-pointer by North Marion’s Mya Hammack, Garhofer drained another trey that had Seaside within 27-24 with 1:43 left.
Katie Ensign answered with a 3-pointer for the Huskies, and North Marion held on for the win.
Garhofer led the Gulls with 10 points, while Taylor had 10 rebounds.
Seaside coach Mike Hawes called it “a pretty solid effort against a good team. We have kind of figured out who we are, which is nice for league. Hopefully it will be enough to surprise some people.
“We’ll see if we’re ready for league, ‘cause here it comes.”
Gulls 34, Gladstone 29
It was a tale of two halves Jan. 8 in Gladstone, where the Gladiators held an 18-11 lead after one half, but Seaside owned the second half on its way to a 34-29 nonleague victory.
“Well, we survived,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes, “and now I know why they call them the Gladiators. We should have worn chain mail and body armor.”
It was a physical game, said the coach.
“Both ways,” Hawes said. “We managed to play hard the whole way, but didn’t make one-footers or take care of the ball. Just pleased that we dug deep and finally took the lead with about three minutes to play.”
Seaside’s Emy Kiser hit a huge 3-pointer get the Gulls started on the comeback, with Kiser and Lilli both making free throws down the stretch.
“Trinity Turner sure helped with some good minutes,” Hawes said. “Brutal, ugly, all the clichés. But a sweet win on the road.”
Gulls 64, Estacada 25
Seaside’s Lilli Taylor and Emy Kiser combined for 31 points Jan. 4 — more than enough to beat Estacada by themselves, as the Gulls powered their way to a 64-25 win over the Rangers in a nonleague girls basketball game.
Taylor scored 16 points (8-for-11 from the field), and also had seven assists and six steals.
The Gulls (8-5 overall) were taking the ball away with ease against the Rangers (1-9), as Seaside finished with 18 steals.
It “felt good to get back on the court,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes, whose team led 23-8 after one quarter. “Obviously Estacada is young and susceptible to pressure, so we were able to extend our defense full court, and got some easy points.”
Morgan Blodgett “got us off to a good start, then Emy Kiser and Lilli Taylor scored well for us,” he said. “Rudy Douglas continues to play well.”