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Girls' basketball: Spang leads Tribe past Astoria

Scappoose is headed to the OSAA post-season, beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at No. 10 Gladstone


Should the future of the Scappoose girls' basketball program rest in the hands of freshman Alyssa Spang, that future is bright. With crimson hair.

Spang went off during the Indians' 53-47 win over Astoria, helping to push the Tribe into the playoffs by pouring in 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. She was also six of eight from the free throw line, with nearly half of the makes for the entire team.

At halftime, though, she had only four points and had taken only four shots after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Something clicked at the end of the third quarter and Spang stepped back on the floor with a vengeance. Eleven points netted in the final period, including two baskets in a row to put the game away after Astoria had clawed to within six points. Spang's pair of field goals made it a ten point deficit, and though the Fishermen were able to put up points in garbage time, it was too little too late.

The Indians also got solid contributions from Sara Tinning and Lacey Updike, who each finished with nine points. Senior Abby Kessi hit just one field goal in four attempts, but hit three of her four attempts from the free throw line to finish with five points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Scappoose will be on the road for their play-in match up, taking on No. 10 Gladstone on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 53, Astoria 47

ASTO 11 10 10 16 – 46

SCAP 10 15 10 18 – 53

Scappoose (53): Spang 16, Wight, Kessi 5, Tinning 9, Updike 9, Vardanega 4, Raya 3, Bailey 2, Kopra 1