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Seagulls too much for Banks

Seaside girls jump out to a big early lead and cruise to a 44-30 win against Banks

 - Banks junior Megan Bunn gets off a shot over the outstretched arm of Seaside's Maddi Utti during last Friday's Cowapa League game.Banks had the home court advantage against Seaside last Friday night, but it didn’t seem to help as the Braves came out flat and dug themselves an early deficit that proved too much to overcome in a 44-30 loss to the visiting Seagulls.

Despite playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, Banks stumbled out of the gate and trailed by double digits in the first quarter. Seaside led by 11 at halftime and then stretched that margin in the fourth quarter when the Braves mustered only three points.

The loss dropped Banks to 9-7 overall and 1-1 in Cowapa League play, while eighth-ranked Seaside improved to 12-4 and 2-0 in league.

Banks got a team-high 13 points from junior post Megan Bunn, but she was the only player to make more than two field goals for the Braves. Bunn scored Banks’ only three points in the fourth quarter, but she couldn’t singlehandedly pull the Braves back into contention after their slow start.

Seaside kept the door open by going 1-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, but sophomore guard Maddi Utti hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the game to push the margin to 14 points and effectively put things out of reach.

Utti scored a game-high 15 points, and fellow sophomore Sydney Villegas added 13 for the Seagulls, who are tied with Valley Catholic for first place in the league standings.

The week wasn’t a total wash for Banks, however.

On Tuesday the Braves traveled to Astoria and came away with a 44-26 victory, sparked by 14 points from junior Ariel Slifka. Madison Soper added eight points, including a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer, and Bunn scored seven points.

Banks hosted Tillamook on Tuesday night (results were not available at press deadline), and the Braves will travel to Valley Catholic for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.


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