For the second time this season, the Gervais girls basketball teams won back-to-back games in conference.
The Lady Cats followed their 45-13 win against Horizon Christian to end the month of January by narrowly defeating Sheridan 33-29 Feb. 3.
In taking down both the Hawks and the Spartans, Gervais has clearly carved their spot in the West Valley Conference. The Lady Cats are 4-0 against Sheridan and Horizon Christian, but the team has yet to beat the other five teams in conference after losing 55-34 to Westside Christian Wednesday night.
Obviously its nice to win two games, said coach Adam Vasas. It builds up a little spirit and morale. Its good to have them and hopefully we can build on those and do better against some of the other teams in the league.
Gervais was able to beat the Spartans by developing an early lead and taking advantage of 23 trips to the free-throw line. Although the Lady Cats made just 11 free throws, the team was able to disrupt the Sheridan offense enough to hold on for the four-point victory.
Cassidy Rush led all scorers with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting, including nine trips to the free-throw line. Teammate Zina Oral was the teams best overall player on the night, finishing with four points, three rebounds, three assists and five steals. Ariana Rios totalled six points, two rebounds and a steal as well.
Having the ability to come out and play those game and execute the stuff were trying to do is important, said Vasas. Its good to be able to do that against other teams.
The Lady Cats were able to build their lead thanks in part to their effort on defense. The Spartans turned the ball over 25 times, including 15 due to steals on the part of Gervais.
After the first quarter, Gervais held a slight 7-5 advantage, but they were able to expand their lead to 17-12 at the half and 29-18 heading into the final period.
Gervais followed their win with a 21-point loss to the Eagles Wednesday night in a game that was a marked improvement from the teams 40-15 loss to Westside Christian earlier this season.
Gervais and the Eagles were tied at 9-9 after the first quarter, but Westside Christian pulled away in the second to take a 35-13 lead heading into halftime.
For the second half, Gervais matched Westside Christian point-for-point, as the teams played to a 21-21 stalemate in the third and fourth quarters.
Andrea Villegas led the team with nine points and three rebounds. Oral scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, and added a steal and a block. Jelayna Bastidas contributed three points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss.
The Lady Cats were scheduled to finish the regular season this week with a trip to Amity Tuesday and the teams final home game against Willamina Friday night.
Gervais home game against Dayton that was scheduled for last Friday was postponed due to the snow storm and will be rescheduled for a later date.