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Defense lifts Tribe over Huskies; La Salle not so much

Lady Indians win low-scoring affair; stumble at La Salle
by: John Brewington B-BALL BALLET—Scappoose’s Brittany Catlow (12) and Abby Kessi (00) try to snag a rebound as North Marion’s Briana Martinez (24) and Courtney Lee (21) contend.

The Scappoose Lady Indians proved defense can win ball games, and also beget offense with a 34-26 win over visiting North Marion on Tuesday night Jan. 3, but stumbled a bit with a loss at La Salle on Friday, Jan. 6.

Scappoose used their defense to forge a small lead in the first period, stayed even for two quarters, and then added to the lead in the fourth against the Huskies.

North Marion came into the contest with a 7-2 record, while the Lady Indians were 6-4.

'I thought our defensive effort was really good,' Scappoose coach Buell Gonzales said. 'We still have to learn how to close teams out. When you play defense as well as we did and with as much energy and effort it gives you a lot of opportunities to put teams away. That's a good problem to have. '

Gonzales praised the play of Shay McGuire, who lead the team in scoring, and Ellie Mullen.

The Lady Indians got almost half of their points off steals and fast breaks to the basket. Scappoose scored off the opening tip and held the Huskies to just one field goal in the first six minutes. McGuire had four points in the first period. The Tribe was ahead by just a point with two minutes to go in the half, then McGuire hit a trey, and followed seconds later with a deuce off a steal.

La Salle 61, Scappoose 50

Going into Friday's game, Scappoose had already beaten La Salle earlier in the year at the Stayton Tournament, 50-44.

Both teams now have identical 7-5 season records.

La Salle forged a slim two-point lead by the end of the first quarter and they still lead by two at the half. They were up by just four going into the final period, but had a 17-11 advantage there.

Brittany Catlow and Zoey Hendryx led Scappoose with 11 points apiece. Ellie Mullen added eight. The Tribe was missing Cassidy Hoglund and Abby Kessi, who were excused taking care of family matters.

The Lady Indians were at Estacada on Tuesday and travel to Central this Friday. They open league play at Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Gonzales said he thought Banks and Tillamook were the teams to beat in the Cowapa League, but that Scappoose would be right in the mix with Y-C, Astoria, and Seaside.

Scoring:

Scappoose 34, N. Marion 26

N. Marion 4 7 10 5-26

Scappoose 8 7 10 9-34

North Marion (26)-Jasmine Flores 11, Lee 3, Michols 3, Meeuwesen 2, Bouling 2, Johnson 2, Martinez 2, Ferhland 1, Taran.

Scappoose (34)-Shay McGuire 9, Mullen 7, Catlow 4, Hendryx 4, Hoglund 4, Kessi 2, Thomas 2, Raya 2, Carnahan, Kierleber.

La Salle 61, Scappoose 50

Scappoose 13 17 8 12-50

La Salle 15 17 12 17-61

Scappoose (50)-Brittany Catlow 11, Zoey Hendryx 11, Mullen 8, Thomas 7, McGuire 4, Raya 4, Updike 2, Carnahan 2, Kierleber.

La Salle (61)-Makenzie Cook 13, Allison Ilg 11, Andrea Novak 10, Gann 9, Schlechter 6, Swift 6, Mulvaney 2, Carlson 2, Gottsch 1.