Defense steps up on the road and offense kicks in at home

The Banks High girls basketball team had to wait an extra couple of days to step onto the court last week after snow delayed the Braves' Tuesday home game against Seaside High. When the snow finally cleared, Banks made up for lost time with two wins.

The Braves traveled to then 10-0 Tillamook High on Thursday. Inside a rocking gym, Banks almost saw the game slip away with poor shooting from the field and atrocious shooting from the free throw line, where the Braves were 9 of 25.

'We did everything in our power to give that game to them,' Banks coach Nick Rizzo said.

The Braves stepped up big on defense, though, and senior post/wing Abby Hardie scored 11 points, to help Banks pull out a 34-32 victory.

'Defensively, we were just super tough all night,' Rizzo said.

The Braves had very few problems in a 48-32 victory in the rescheduled game against Seaside on Saturday.

After Seaside scored the game's first two points, Banks went on a 19-0 run that extended into the second quarter. Melissa Masters led the Braves with 17 points and five steals. The Braves played even better defense against Seaside than they did against Tillamook, collecting 23 steals on the night.

'It was the best defensive effort all year long,' Rizzo said. 'It was just fabulous team basketball.'

This week, Banks has two home games against Yamhill-Carlton High on Tuesday (with results too late for this paper) and Scappoose High on Friday.

'We set ourselves up in a great position,' Rizzo said. 'But, we still have to take this baby one game at a time, or all the work that we did could disappear if we don't win these games at home this week.'

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