Molalla’s girls basketball team faced two very tough opponents last week.

The Indians first played the Cascade Cougars Wednesday night, where they were defeated 60-25.

“Cascade was really rough,” Coach Phil Wiesner said. “They looked like they were in midseason form.”

The girls had a few first game jitters. They started out good defensively, Wiesner said, but they had trouble putting points on the board.

Cascade didn’t have the same offensive trouble. “Their shots fell and ours didn’t,” Wiesner said. “It hit the girls’ confidence early.”

The Indians hit the practice court hard the following day and shook off some of their jitters from opening night. “The kids were focused and had good attitudes,” Wiesner said.

They went on to play Banks the following day. They played with more intensity than they did in the Cascade game, but Banks still took the win 36-24.

The intensity came with a cost though, as the girls were in foul trouble early on. This led to fewer available players in the first half. “We had to go deeper into the bench,” Wiesner said.

After the half, Banks came out and dominated, Wiesner said. “We were in it beginning to end with a very good team.”

“Amanda Rieskamp had nine rebounds and four steals,” Wiesner said. “It was a great night for her in that respect. Katelin Satyna was great on defense all night and [played] an all-around good game.”

Rylee Elliot and Josie Child also both had good games. “Between the two of them, they only had two turnovers,” Wiesner said. “Not a bad night for them at all.”

They looked good on the fast break as well, Wiesner said, but they’re “still learning to drive that race car under control.”

In the coming weeks, Wiesner will be looking to sharpen up his defense and focus on hitting more shots.

“We’ll be working with everyone to get our point production up,” Wiesner said.

Not only does that mean increasing shot accuracy, but also teaching the girls to have more situational awareness, putting each other in better positions, and trying to get easier shot attempts and open looks.


Molalla’s boys also played their first non-league game Friday night, on the road versus Banks. The Indians lost a tough matchup 69-54.

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