The Indians picked up their first league win of the season on Thursday night, beating the Estacada Rangers 56-53, in Molalla.
It was a great team effort for us, with all eight of our full-time varsity players scoring for us, led by freshman Audrey Rieskamp with 19 points, Coach Phil Wiesner said. Katelin Satyna was also in double figures for us with 10. Obviously in a three-point game every point and play is important for us, but Isabella Petitta's two foul shots with about 10 seconds left were huge.
Those two foul shots gave the Indians a three-point cushion. That allowed us to focus on the perimeter defensively as at that point of the game a [two pointer] wasn't going to hurt us, Wiesner said. Amanda Rieskamp had a big night on the boards, pulling down 10 of them for us. Guards Rylee Elliott, Josie Child and Hailey Satyna did a good job, along with Audrey of nullifying [Estacadas] press, which they depend on to generate their offense, often scoring off their press. It forced Estacada to pull it off, something they don't generally do. On a night with three of our players fouling out, reserves Marissa Marr and Haley Thrower provided some much needed help, playing some very important minutes.
The Rangers had rattled the Indians once before, last month, in Molallas league opener. The Indians lost that game 43-31, so this second matchup against Estacada was weighing heavy on them.
Big game for us going in because we knew we couldn't have played much worse than we did [in Estacada on Jan. 21] offensively, yet we had a relatively close game in that loss, Wiesner said.
Still, in Thursdays game, the Rangers took the lead in the first quarter, which closed with the Indians in a seven-point deficit, 21-14.
We don't match up well with [Tori] Johnson, [Estacadas] post, and we knew she'd get her share, Wiesner said. We wanted to take her out of her comfort zone inside. Not because shes big or anything, but she's more athletic than several of the posts we play.
We did get them to take more perimeter shots than last time, however, [Estacadas Jessie] Hunt made 3/5 threes in the first half, Wiesner said.
Molalla held their ground better in the second quarter, and the half closed 30-22. However, the Indians hit their stride in the third, making a full comeback and taking a one-point lead, 41-40.
We were able to put more pressure on [Hunt] in the second half, plus she had some foul troubles, Wiesner said. She can't score if she's on the bench. After a 12-point first half, she only had three in the second half.
The Rangers and the Indians battled in the fourth, with Molalla taking it 15-14 and winning the game by a three-point spread.
We finish up our season with two home games, which will be nice, Wiesner said. The Indians play North Marion on Friday, Feb. 21, and La Salle on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Both games are in Molalla at 7 p.m.
North Marion will be moving to the Oregon West league next year, Wiesner said. La Salle will be moving up to the 5A level next year. I guess we're kind of the send-off committee for those two teams. Hopefully fans will come out and show their appreciation to our ladies representing Molalla, for all the hard work they've put in this season.