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Girls roundup: Huskies fall to top-ranked competition

by: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion's Megan Schweighardt attempts to pass out of a double-team against Seaside Friday night. The Seagulls pressure defense limited the Huskies to seven points in the second half.The North Marion girls basketball team lost a pair of games of the week to top 10 opponents in Central and Seaside.

The Huskies were the most recent victim of the No. 7 Central Panthers (11-1), who beat the Huskies 55-33 on Jan. 14 to capture their 10th straight victory. Three days later, North Marion was stifled by the No. 3 Seagulls of Seaside in a 49-24 loss.

The Huskies entered the game looking to rebound from a four-point loss to Stayton in their previous game in which they were held to their second-lowest scoring total of the season. The Huskies found no respite against the defensive-minded Panthers, though, who surrender less than 34 points a game this season.

The Huskies fell right in line with the previous nine teams that lost to Central. North Marion fell behind 14-7 after the first quarter and continued to lose ground throughout the contest as a result of Central’s suffocating defense that limited the Huskies to just 28 percent shooting from the floor.

Senior Michaela Meeuwsen, the team’s primary offensive weapon, was in and out of foul trouble for most of the game. Meeuwsen logged just 14 minutes and finished with two points on a pair of free throws.

In her place, sophomore guard Kiley Florez tried to fill the offensive void, leading the team with 10 points. Though Florez had trouble finding her stroke, finishing 2-of-16 from the field, she remained aggressive throughout the game and got to the foul line a game-high eight times.

She was joined by teammate Kelsie Henry, who co-led the team 10 points. Henry and Florez each hit a pair of 3-pointers, as the Huskies were forced to rely on their outside shooting to cut into Central’s growing lead.

The Panthers expanded their lead to 23-15 at the half, which ballooned to a 17 points heading into the final period.

The Huskies followed the loss with a 24-point loss Friday night at the hands of the No. 3 Seagulls (11-2). North Marion trailed 27-18 entering the second half, but the Seaside defense limited the Huskies to just seven points in the final 16 minutes of play. Meeuwsen and Henry each scored eight points to lead the team.

North Marion (6-8) is looking to rebound from three straight losses this week as the team enters into its league schedule. The Huskies were scheduled to host Madras Tuesday night, followed by a trip to No. 4 La Salle on Friday.

Woodburn 54, South Albany 44

Corvallis 56, Woodburn 31

The Woodburn girls rebounded from a big loss to open the league schedule by taking down the South Albany Rebels 54-44 on the road Friday night.

Three days after the Bulldogs dropped a 56-31 home contest to Corvallis, the team had its second-highest scoring output of the season thanks to some skillful offensive play in the middle two quarters. Woodburn combined to score 35 points in second and third periods to help take a 45-33 lead into the final eight minutes.

The Rebels had no answer for Bulldog senior Celine Gregoire, who scored a game-high 24 points to lead the team. She was joined by teammates Domatila Castro and Ashley Doman, who scored 10 and nine points, respectively.

The victory helped make up for the loss on January 15 at Corvallis, when the Bulldogs were outscored 18-2 in the third quarter en route to the 24-point loss.

Lizzy Ellingson and Gregoire led the Bulldogs with eight points each, while Castro and Kylie Doman each scored four.

Dayton 60, Gervais 30

Westside Christian 40, Gervais 15

Gervais 28, Sheridan 15

The Gervais girls followed their first win of the season with a near identical performance three days later when the Lady Cats beat Sheridan 28-15 on the road on Jan. 13.

Adriana Olivas led the team with nine points and six rebounds, while Cassidy Rush scored eight. The Lady Cats built a 20-3 in the first half en route to holding the Spartans to their second-lowest scoring total of the season.

Gervais was held to just one point in the third quarter, but the Spartans didn’t have the offensive firepower to pull themselves back into the game. The Lady Cats were up 21-9 after nine and traded baskets with Sheridan in the final quarter.

Valeria Vargas scored four points, and Jelayna Bastidas had five rebounds in the win.

Gervais ended the week with back-to-back losses, falling 40-15 against the Westside Christian Eagles on Jan. 15 before dropping a 60-30 game to Dayton on the road Friday night.

Bastidas led Gervais with a double-double in the loss, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Rush added nine points in the loss.

In the team’s lone home game of the week against, Gervais entered the third quarter down 19-13 before the Eagles went on a 21-2 run. Bastidas had three points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Vanessa Lopez led Gervais with four points.

St. Paul 53, Southwest Christian 26

St. Paul 61, Crosshill Christian 24

St. Paul 74, Willamette Valley Christian 4

The St. Paul girls basketball team has won four of five games, included three straight last week, to stay tied atop the Casco League standings.

The Buckaroos (8-7, 5-1 Casco) are knotted with Perrydale and Country Christian atop the standings after ripping through three opponents in five days. The team opened the week with a 74-4 trouncing of Willamette Valley Christian on Jan. 14.

After a two-day break, the Bucks beat Crosshill Christian 61-24 Friday night and followed with a 53-26 victory over Southwest Christian.

Senior Sara Pierson was instrumental in the latter two victories, scoring 16 points in each game to lead the way. Against Southwest Christian, the Bucks built a 16-8 lead in the first quarter and continued to pull away throughout the course of the game. Remy Brentano added 11 in the win, while Emma Coleman scored 10.

The result was much the same as their win the previous night against Crosshill Christian. In that game, the Bucks took a 19-1 advantage in the first quarter and cruised to an easy victory. Jessica Wilmes and Cassidy Merten scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to help Pierson add to St. Paul’s final margin of victory.

The team once again plays three games this week, finishing with a trip to Perrydale (8-6, 5-1 Casco) on Friday. The Bucks beat Perrydale 52-42 in December, handing the Pirates their only loss in league to date. Before they play, St. Paul must host games against Jewell and Damascus Christian on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.




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