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Rangers beat Central, lose to Tribe and Madras

by: Clinton Vining, Estacada sophomore Houston Webb shoots for two over Scappoose’s Josh Nelson.

The Estacada High School boys' basketball team won its first game of the 2006-2007 season last Thursday at Central High School, 47-38.

The win gives the Rangers a 1-3 record, having lost to Junction City, Scappoose and a close game to Madras.

The week began with a home loss to the Scappoose Indians on Tuesday.

The Rangers led at the end of the first quarter, but left the court at halftime with a three-point deficit, 27-24.

Then, the Rangers didn't score until there was less than one minute left in the third quarter and put just two points on the board that period. By then, the Tribe had already built a 16-point lead.

Estacada outscored the Indians 13-11 in the fourth quarter, but it was not nearly enough to catch Scappoose.

Senior forward Ryan Olmstead led the team in the first half with 10 points, which included one 3-pointer. The Indians held him to five points in the second half.

Olmstead was the only Ranger to score in the double digits. Nine Rangers scored.

The Rangers took advantage of their trips to the free throw line, making nine of 11 foul shots.

Against Junction City, none of the Rangers scored in double digits. Senior Don DeRosia scored nine. Nine Rangers scored in that game, too.

Estacada's junior varsity team beat Scappoose 52-41 last Tuesday, but lost to Junction City, 44-50.

The week continued with a win Thursday at Central, and a close loss to Madras at home on Friday, 85-79.

The Rangers play Elmira at home on Friday at 7:15 p.m.