CHS girls find victory at Lost River tourney

A busy three days gave the Culver girls' basketball team reasons for optimism going into Tri-River play.
   The Bulldogs went 1-2 at the Lost River tournament from Thursday through Saturday. Culver defeated Lost River 55-32 in the middle game of the tourney.
   "The girls showed if they can put together a full game they can compete with anybody," Bulldog coach Alex Carlson said. "We had glimpses of what we can do the entire tournament."
   Culver has plenty of chances to show its skills by playing four league games in nine days. The busy schedule started with a home game against East Linn Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 12 (played after press time) and then a Friday contest at Western Mennonite in Salem.
   The Bulldogs resume league play by hosting No. 1-ranked Santiam on Monday and Scio on Wednesday.
   Culver's glimpses of improved play were evident in a 55-32 win against Lost River with Jordan Roen scoring 24 points. The 6-foot-1 junior post had 12 of her points in Culver's 18-point third quarter.
   "That's the kind of game we're hoping for from Jordan," said Carlson of the post player who added 11 rebounds. "She had some good looks at the basket and we were efficient in getting her the ball."
   Keeley Kinley had five assists to go along with seven points while Maria Ruiz had four steals and seven points.
   It was a tough turnaround, playing at night, watching the boys' game and having an 11 a.m. Saturday contest. Culver fell to Oakridge 69-27 with the Warriors owning a 35-8 advantage in the first and fourth quarters.
   The middle two quarters were a contrast with a 24-19 Oakridge advantage.
   "That was encouraging after a terrible first quarter," Carlson said. "We played some of our best defense so far in the second quarter and had some good shots in the third quarter."
   Ruiz led Culver with 10 points and seven steals. Roen added nine points with McKaylee Speas gathering in seven rebounds.
   The Bulldogs opened the tourney with a 55-45 loss to Bonanza on Thursday. The Antlers locked the game up with a 25-point third quarter. Amanda Kraft led Culver with 14 points.