Emy Kiser scores against Elma

Seaside’s Emy Kiser drives to the basket against Elma.

The Seaside Lady Gulls won one and lost two in the SCTC Holiday Classic, Dec. 27-29 at Stayton High School.

Salem Academy scored a 49-26 win over the Gulls in a consolation final Saturday.

“We actually were very ready and had a great first half,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes, whose team trailed 24-18 at halftime.

The Gulls, however, did not score in the third period, as Salem Academy opened up the lead.

Annaka Garhofer and Emy Kiser scored eight points apiece to lead Seaside.

After Thursday’s 58-34 loss to Cottage Grove, the Gulls bounced back with a 60-42 come-from-behind win over Woodburn.

“Again, we came out slow but eventually wore them down,” Hawes said. “Morgan Blodgett had 18 (points) and made shots all over.”

Lilli Taylor added 14 points and Kiser scored 13 for the Gulls.

Elma 37, Gulls 30

SEASIDE — The Elma girls basketball team enjoyed winning last year’s Seaside Holiday Classic so much, they came back and did it again.

After beating Astoria in last year’s title game of the tournament, the Eagles held off a big challenge from Seaside in the Dec. 22 championship contest, 37-30.

The Eagles had to overcome some heavy foul trouble and a defensive-minded Seaside team, by breaking a 23-23 tie in the fourth quarter and outscoring the Gulls 14-7 over the final six minutes.

With the help of seven points in the first quarter from Quin Mikel (tournament Most Valuable Player), the Eagles held a 15-6 lead after one period.

But the Gulls turned the tide, in a hurry.

Forcing turnovers and drawing fouls, Seaside went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter, pulling to within 17-16 at halftime. Ruby Douglas highlighted the run with two scores underneath, and teammate Alyssa Goin closed the half with a late basket.

Seaside tied the game at 19-19 on a jump shot by Emy Kiser in the third quarter, but that was Seaside’s only field goal of the second half until Morgan Blodgett scored with 43 seconds left in the game, with the rest of Seaside’s points coming at the free throw line.

Kaelyn Burgher led the Eagles with 10 points, followed by Kali Rambo with nine and Jalyn Sackrider with eight, as all three finished with four fouls.

Lilli Taylor had a game-high 11 points for the Gulls, and made the all-tournament team along with teammate Emy Kiser.

“We lost to a good team, and we had a five-point third quarter where we missed some easy shots and free throws that might have made a difference,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “But the growth this team has shown all season long has been awesome. We said all along we’re not sure who we are, but maybe we’re going to be pretty good.

“We need to continue to take care of the ball, and make shots,” he said. “Ruby Douglas is starting to become a very good post.”

Seaside reached the title game with a 38-28 win Friday over Cottage Grove. Blodgett and Annaka Garhofer scored nine points each for the Gulls, who built a 24-12 lead late in the second quarter, then maintained a 10- to 12-point advantage the remainder of the game.

Seaside opened the tournament against winless Crook County in a late matchup Dec. 20, and the Lady Gulls pulled away in the second quarter for an easy 44-20 win.

Emy Kiser scored 10 points and Lilli Taylor added eight for Seaside, which led just 4-2 after one quarter. But it was 19-7 by halftime, as the Gulls picked up second quarter 3-pointers from Katie Zagata and Tristyn McFadden.

From there, the Gulls did what they do best — force turnovers and dominate the boards — and finished the game with an 18-2 run.

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