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Girls' basketball: Indians beat Astoria, step into playoff picture

Scappoose pulls away from Astoria to beat the Fishermen 45-36


At the halfway mark of the Cowapa League season, the Lady Indians' chances of making the playoffs are looking pretty strong. They've won their last two, beating up on Yamhill-Carlton and last night, pulling away from Astoria in the second half to beat the Fishermen 45-36. The win gives Scappoose a one-game lead over Astoria for third place in the league.

Senior Lacey Updike, returning to the starting lineup, scored the first six points for Scappoose, hitting a free throw, a three pointer and a layup to put the Indians up 6-2. A few minutes later, Updike hit another shot from distance, capping a nine-point quarter for the senior.

Another three-pointer from Updike got the Indians rolling in the third quarter, where Scappoose pushed the lead to eight on three occasions, only to have Astoria battle back each time. The lead reached as high as ten in the fourth before the Fishermen fought to within five, but Scappoose hit all but one of their free throws down the stretch to ice the game and move out of a tie for third place.

Updike's 14 points led the Indians, who will travel to Tillamook on Feb. 7. Senior Abby Kessi chipped in eight points and ten boards, while freshman Alyssa Spang finished with six points and four assists.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 45, Astoria 36

SCAP 13 6 14 12 – 36

ASTO 11 6 8 11 – 36

Scappoose (45): Spang 6, Wight 6, Kessi 8, Tinning 5, Updike 14, Vardanega 2, Raya 4, Bailey