High school round-up — Tigers lose big to South Salem and Lake Oswego

With just two returning players with significant varsity experience, Newberg will be one of the youngest 6A teams in the state this winter.

The Tigers received a rude introduction to the 2013-2014 season this week, falling 77-59 to South Salem on Dec. 4 and 77-29 Friday at Lake Oswego.

“I think our kids are very resilient,” head coach Dave Brown said. “It’s not the way you want to have scores going down, but we’re starting to sort through some things.”by: SETH GORDON - Contested - Junior Kody Renne fights off a defender to put up a shot during Newberg's season-opening 
77-59 loss to South Salem on Dec. 4. The Tigers were undone by turnovers and outrebounded by the Saxons.

Newberg put forth a solid performance in the first quarter versus the Saxons, but began to struggle with turnovers in the second and gave up too many open looks at the basket defense.

That trend continued in the third as South Salem opened up a big lead and cruised to victory. The Saxons dominated on the glass and were efficient when kicking out for three-pointers.

“Our rotations weren’t there,” Brown said. “That’s the biggest thing we talked about as coaches after the game. We’d have somebody step over to help but then they got the rotation guy to stop their guy and they were just dishing, which is the last thing we want.”

Jacoby Wolfe had a solid night offensively, scoring a game-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds. Jacob Sundquist added 15 points.

The Tigers struggled mightily against the pressure defense thrust upon them by the Lakers Friday and were unable to slow down University of Portland recruit Jazz Johnson.

Newberg was dealt a blow when starting guard Austin Hammond left the game with a shoulder injury early in the first quarter and the game quickly got out of hand as the turnovers mounted.

Sundquist led the team with 10 points, with Wolfe adding eight.

The Tigers will host Reynolds at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

“I like this team a lot more than last year from the standpoint of they want to compete, they want to get in there and go,” Brown said. “We just have to teach them. I think more than anything now these guys realized the speed of the game and the intensity. They have to bring it.”

Girls basketball

St. Paul 40, Scio 39 (OT) — After the Loggers tied the game with about 20 seconds remaining, the Bucks had three good looks at the winning shot, but none fell. Trailing 39-38, Emma Coleman found Sara Pierson on a back-door cut for the winning bucket with less than 10 seconds to play in overtime. Coleman scored a team-high 14 points and Remy Brentano put up 12 against the 3A school.

Siletz Valley 24, C.S. Lewis Academy 21 — The Watchmen rallied back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit, getting 13 points from Lana Friedrich and five from Brittany Trowbridge, but couldn’t get over the hump.

Caitlin Gabel 41, CSLA 24 — Friedrich scored 13 points again to pace the Watchmen, who entered the break tied 17-17. The Eagles dominated the second half, however, limiting CSLA to seven second-half points. Halah Grobey also scored six points.

Life Christian 49, CSLA 28 — The Watchmen (0-3) were without both Friedrich and top reserve Elliana Swan for the game, which saw the Lions jump out to a 15-3 lead after one quarter. Katelyn Reimer scored a team-high 11 points for CSLA, which also got nine points from Grobey.

Boys basketball

Siletz Valley 62, CSLA 42 — The Watchmen struggled from the field, making 31 percent of their shots. Evan Hager led the way with 12 points and Matt Martin added 8.

Caitlin Gabel 86, CSLA 36 — Head coach Vince Swagerty’s team was overwhelmed by the Eagles’ pace, giving up 31 first-quarter points in the opening game of the Vernonia Tournament. Joseph Brooks led the Watchmen with 14 points and Hager added 9.

CSLA 45, Life Christian 43 — The Watchmen (1-2) were without Martin and overcame a 12-for-27 performance at the free throw line to edge the Lions for third place in the tournament. Hager scored 11 points, Brooks 10 and Austin Friedrich eight. Brooks salted the game away with an offensive rebound and put back in the final seconds.

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