Girls basketball: North Marion wins Astoria tournament
North Marion girls extend win streak to seven straight games
The North Marion girls basketball team took a trip to the beach over the break between Christmas and New Year's and came back with a tournament title, winning three straight games to take home the championship trophy at the Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament hosted at Astoria High School from Dec. 27-29.
North Marion (8-1) continued its hot streak in December, extending its win streak to seven games with the victories and climbing to No. 6 in the OSAA rankings.
The Huskies were led by junior post Hannah Kinniburgh, who averaged 15.3 points in the three tournament wins and led the team in scoring in each game. Kinniburgh was the lone North Marion player to score in double figures in the team's 48-40 win over Hockinson Hawks out of Vancouver, Wash., in the championship game on Thursday, netting 11.
The Huskies overcame a sluggish start against the Hawks, struggling against Hockinson's strong press defense before rallying back down the stretch of the game to come away with the victory. After Kinniburgh, the Huskies were led in scoring by sophomore guard Mar Verastegui with nine points, followed by junior Ally Umbenhower with eight, and junior Lindy Wing and sophomore Emily Scanlan, who each had seven.
North Marion had perhaps its toughest game in the tournament semifinal against the 3A No. 8 Rainier Columbians (9-2, 3-1 Lewis & Clark) on Dec. 28, needing overtime to pull out a 39-35 victory. Neither team led by more than three points at the end of each quarter before the Huskies were able to outscore the Columbians 7-3 in the final overtime period to take their closest victory of the season.
Kinniburgh again was the lone Husky in double figures with 15 points, followed by nine from Umbenhower and seven from Verastegui.
The Huskies opened the tournament on Dec. 27 with a strong win over the 5A No. 4 Sandy Pioneers (7-2), winning 50-32 behind a 20-point performance from Kinniburgh. Umbenhower contributed 14 points in the win, while Verastegui added 10.
After a few days off to celebrate the end of 2016, the Huskies were scheduled to get back on the court against another top-10 opponent, taking on the 5A No. 6 South Albany Rebels (6-1) on Tuesday. North Marion finishes the week at Junction City (5-5) on Friday.