Squad suffers blowout loss against La Salle

by: NEWS PHOTO: LOREN NIBBE - Senior Madison Haga scans the court as a La Salle defender guards. Despite their best efforts, the members of the Estacada High School girls varsity basketball team came up short in a pair of recent home games.

The Rangers hosted the North Marion Huskies on Tuesday, Feb. 12. North Marion started the game with a 7-0 scoring run, which was interrupted by a score from Ranger sophomore Jessie Hunt. The Huskies responded almost immediately with another score before senior Madison Haga put in a two-point shot for a 9-4 score.

Sophomore Tori Johnson scored twice, the second time coming after a steal by senior Molly Kammeyer, to tighten the Huskies lead at 12-8. North Marion scored again before Haga made another basket, giving them a 14-10 edge. Another subsequent score put the Huskies up 16-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Johnson started off the second quarter with a score, and Haga brought the game to within two at 16-14. But that was as close as the Rangers would come to catching up.

North Marion widened that lead, aided in part by a series of missed shots by the Rangers, to go up 24-14 at halftime.

The Huskies came out swinging in the second half, going up 29-14. Haga scored to close the gap at 29-16. But North Marion went on another hot streak, leading 36-16.

Ranger sophomore Natalie Stroup hit a three-pointer at the buzzer ending the third quarter for a 36-19 score.

Johnson and Haga started the fourth quarter by putting more points on the board for the Rangers, who still trailed 38-22. Seniors Chelsea Eastman and Lexi Chavez contributed some scores, with Johnson adding more points to her overall total. But it still wasn’t enough to overcome North Marion’s pass-driven offense, resulting in a 45-34 Rangers loss.

A Friday, Feb. 15 home game against La Salle proved to be a lopsided contest. La Salle was up 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, and then surged to score 20 points in the second quarter for a 35-12 halftime lead.

The Rangers scored 11 points in the third quarter, but La Salle put up 24 to retain a 59-23 advantage. That domination continued with La Salle scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter for an 80-30 final score.

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