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Estacada girls speed things up in win over Taft

Every Ranger finds her way into the scorebook during the 73-47 win


by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Josie Beguelin puts up a shot from the sideline during the teams 73-47 win over Taft on Friday. The Estacada girls’ basketball team found the cure for feeling crummy after getting creamed – cream someone else.

The Rangers shook off a rough loss to Corbett by pummeling Taft 73-47 on Friday in one of their best overall outings of the season.

“I’m really happy,” Estacada coach Mike Pomerenke said. “I can’t complain about anything tonight. Everything really started to come together for us.”

Estacada showed an uncanny ability to score at will in the first few minutes of each period, and the Rangers had Taft in a mad panic. Estacada scored the game’s first eight points to get things moving in the right direction. The Tigers scrambled to end the run and got back into it by the end of the first quarter, but got outscored 6-1 to open the second period.

Taft again scraped its way back and took an 18-16 lead with four minutes left in the first half. The next eight minutes, spanning to the mid-way point of the third quarter, sunk Taft like a stone. The Rangers ended the second quarter on an 11-3 run, then piled on 13 unanswered points to open the third. In that eight minutes, the Eagles went from feeling good about themselves and their two-point lead to just wanting the game to be over as they tried to cope with a 19-point deficit.

The Tigers closed to within 13 points by the end of the third period, but whatever their coaches told them during the break before the fourth was negated by Estacada. The Rangers went on a 17-3 run to start the final quarter, and Taft’s head coach could only throw his hands up and shake his head without a word escaping his lips.

In the first four minutes of the four quarters combined, Estacada outscored Taft 44-8.

The trouble for the Eagles was that they couldn’t focus on stopping just one or two Estacada players, because every Ranger did damage. All 10 players on the roster scored at least two points.

“That was the best thing that could’ve happened to us tonight, to see everyone get in and contribute. That is what we needed,” Pomerenke said.

Taft worked to stop Estacada, and it fouled any Ranger trying to cut through the lane for a layup, but that backfired. In the second half, the Rangers completed five old-fashioned three-point plays where they got fouled, made the layup and sank their bonus free throw.

Tori Johnson was responsible for two such plays, and she led the team with 16 points. Emma Burke worked 14 points out of the post and Jessie Hunt made three 3-pointers on her way to a 12-point performance.




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