by: NEWS PHOTO: LOREN NIBBE - Sophomore Tori Johnson takes to the air as coach Jon Erickson looks on. After a Dec. 7 road win at Scappoose, the Estacada varsity girls basketball team was hoping to build on that success and put together a series of wins.

Instead, the Lady Rangers struggled all week and lost three consecutive games.

“It was not really what the players or I had envisioned,” coach Jon Erickson said. “I really thought we’d play better than we did.”

On Monday, Dec. 10, the Lady Rangers made the short trip to Colton to take on the Vikings and lost 43-29.

Senior guard Madison Haga lead the Lady Rangers in scoring with 7 points. Sophomore guard Jessie Hunt scored 6.

A Tuesday, Dec. 11, outing against Banks at Portland’s Rose Garden didn’t go much better for the Lady Rangers, as they suffered a 44-15 loss.

Haga lead the team in scoring with 6 points, and sophomore Tori Johnson scored 4.

The squad went back to the drawing board after those losses and started working on shooting during its subsequent practices. As a result, its next game was much closer.

Estacada hosted a team from Australia on Saturday, Dec. 15. Although the Lady Rangers still lost, it was by the much thinner margin of 58-53.

Johnson scored 10 points for the Lady Rangers. Hunt and seniors Katie Haley and Molly Kammeyer all scored 8.

“I thought we played a lot better,” Erickson said. “We played our guts out.”

At one point, Estacada was down 14 points. But a series of adjustments and position changes enabled the team to close that gap.

From Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 20-22, the team will be competing at the Seaside Tournament. Their first game will be against La Pine, and Erickson said that the overall goal is to end up in the winner’s bracket.

“It would be nice to see that change,” he said. “We’re obviously moving in the right direction.”

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