Girls suffer a 52-37 loss

by: NEWS PHOTO: LOREN NIBBE - Sophomore Jessie Hunt dribbles past a Madras defender as coach Jon Erickson looks on. A Friday, Feb. 1, home game against Madras proved to be another rough contest for the Estacada High School girls varsity basketball team.

Coach Jon Erickson knew coming into the game that the Rangers would have their hands full containing Madras’ star player, Mariah Stacona.

“We knew that she would be the key to their success,” Erickson said. “Early on, we kept her under control, but her ability to penetrate began to pay off in the second half.”

The Rangers headed into the locker room at halftime down by six. But Madras started the second half with a couple of three-pointers and kept up that momentum for a 52-37 final score.

Sophomore Natalie Stroup led the Rangers in scoring with 11 points.

“She is continuing to improve,” Erickson said.

Senior Madison Haga also had a good game, putting 10 points on the board.

“She had an excellent scoring night,” Erickson said.

The Rangers’ next road game is Friday, Feb. 8, at Gladstone.

“The key to Gladstone is being able to handle the crowd and their pressure defense,” Erickson said.

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