Molallas girls basketball took their second league victory on Friday, Feb. 21, beating North Marion 50-32.
We played a good complete game, Coach Phil Wiesner said. Going into the game, one of our main goals was to keep our turnovers below 15. All season we have had way too many [turnovers]. We ended the game with 10 turnovers, a season low. It gets a lot easier to play well when you take care of the ball. We played this game with a lot of confidence from all our players, which has been a missing ingredient too often, and it was fun to watch.
It was a great team game with contributions from many, Wiesner said. We had three double-digit scorers, led by Josie Child with 17, followed by Alisha Larsen and Hailey Satyna each scoring 11 for us. Isabella Petitta had three assists along with five boards and a block. Amanda Rieskamp led us in rebounding with seven boards. Childs, Rylee Elliott, and Audrey Rieskamp did a good job sharing point-guard duties during the game, only turning over the ball twice while having three assists and eight steals.
This was a great game for us to have late in the campaign, something to really build on for next season with our younger players, Wiesner said. We had a very vocal home crowd, which gave us a lift in a hard-fought game, which was nice to see.
North Marion came into this game with the likelihood of entering the play-in round of playoffs, Wiesner said. However we may have pushed them down in the rankings low enough now that they'd have to upset second-place Gladstone in their last game to have a chance. So it was nice to beat a team that was playing for a lot. Plus we avenged a loss at their place, a game we felt we let get away.
At present we're in a log jam with Estacada and North Marion for fourth place in league, with one game to go, Wiesner said. All three of us will be playing a team from the top of the league Tuesday night [Feb. 25] with us hosting La Salle, which has yet to lose in league and is ranked number two in state.