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by: PHIL HAWKINS - Amanda Rieskamp fighting for the ball against Sutherlin.Molalla’s girls basketball team played in the North Marion Tournament last week. They opened with a 55-20 loss to Sutherlin on Thursday. The Indians improved the following day against Banks but took another loss, 37-22.

Saturday the Indians ended a rough week with a win, beating Yamhill-Carlton with a huge point spread, 53-16.

Earlier games

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Molalla 59 @ Stayton 62

“[This was] an exciting night of basketball as the Stayton gym had a large and loud student section cheering them on,” Coach Phil Wiesner said. “A lot of steals once again, but we're working on getting our turnovers lower.”

The Indians had 23 steals and 20 turnovers in this game.

“Turnovers and foul shooting killed us. We were only 13/31 at the foul line,” Wiesner said. “That won't cut it in tight games. Shooting is a lot about confidence. As we keep gaining confidence, I expect to see percentages go up. We continue to get balanced scoring, playing a solid team game.”

Friday, Dec. 13

Molalla 53 @ Sweet Home 27

“Good shooting game for us from three range, which was a nice lift,” Wiesner said. “We jumped out 19-4 after one quarter but let [Sweet Home] climb back into the game during the second. Changed up our defense in the third and won that quarter 15-2. It was a very physical game but the ladies battled wire to wire.”

The younger players on the team are “constantly improving on playing with effectiveness at the varsity level,” Wiesner said. “While our seniors are setting a great example, playing with great determination.”

“[It was a] nice outing with balanced scoring and good defense, holding our second opponent in a row under 30 points,” Wiesner said.

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