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The Cougars rolled over visiting South Salem 57-24, then defeat West Salem days later

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - The Canby girls basketball team has started their season off 2-0 with a pair of wins over South Salem and West Salem on Dec. 5 and Dec. 8, respectively. The Canby girls basketball team is already doing better than they were at this point last year. The Cougars dominated the visiting South Salem Saxons 57-24 in their first home court defense.

The home team opened up the game with eight straight points, four of which came courtesy of sophomore Ally O'Dell. South Salem would answer back with a trio of buckets to narrow the lead to three, but Canby would take off again, scoring 10 more points before the end of the first quarter. HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Sophomore Naarai Gomez was a big contributor in Canby's 57-24 win over the South Salem Saxons on Dec. 5.

In the second quarter, Canby's shooters were still able to find their marks. The Cougars scored 13 points in the second eight minutes, which included baskets by sophomore Naarai Gomez, senior Cassidy Posey, and sophomore Sam Baguio.

"We were trying to come out strong and attack, and play 32 minutes of hard, aggressive basketball," Posey said of her team. "We just tried to attack against their weaknesses, so I think that worked really well for us."

"We're going to try and keep pushing hard throughout the game, we don't want to take a quarter off or anything like that. I think we're going to do really well in the future," Posey added.

Posey had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and six steals on the night.

South Salem would find cover some ground though, as the Saxons scored 12 points, and hit the last three buckets of the half. Still, it was 31-17 in favor of the Cougars.

Coming out of the half, Canby made a statement. Sophomore Nicole Mickelson hit a three point shot to double Canby's lead over the Saxons. Canby added 15 more points to the scoreboard in the third quarter, and saw Posey and senior Alice Lambert hit buckets as well.

In the final quarter, Canby all but shut down South Salem. Defensively, the Cougars held the Saxons to just two points scored at the end of the game. Canby scored the first six buckets of the quarter, including three from Mickelson. Mickelson had 14 points at the end of the night.

"I thought the kids did a great job of executing the game plan, what we wanted to do," head coach Charles Knight said. "We had a definite set plan, and they followed it to a T, really executed it well. That pleased me a lot, just that they carried out what we worked on so much."

With the win, Canby gets their season started off 1-0. The girls team next played West Salem on Dec. 8, and got the win 50-39.

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