Scappoose girls' basketball strong at home
The Indians ran away from Seton Catholic (Vancouver, Wash.) 57-27 at home Tuesday and find themselves in a festive early season.
Scappoose (4-2 overall) is off to its best start since it began 3-3 in 2011-12, and assured itself at least a four-win season for the first time in two years.
"[It's] almost relieving to know that we have become a closer and better team," said Krystal Esterly, a senior guard whose Tribe is unbeaten in its first three home games for the first time since its Class 3A second-round run in 2004-05. "I'm excited to think about how bright the future looks for the team."
The Indians also ride their first three-game win streak since they won five in a row between Dec. 31, 2014, and Jan. 16, 2015.
"It's a great feeling being on the positive side for the first time in a while," said Emily Kopra, a junior post. "Now we know what we have to do and the effort we have to put in to get a win. We're really meshing well as a team and that really helps us as well."
Tuesday's win over Seton Catholic (1-7) was Scappoose's biggest win since its 60-26 triumph at Corbett Jan. 16, 2015.
The Tribe scored its most points since it beat Tillamook 59-55 on the road Jan. 21 last season, and allowed its lowest score since it beat host Taft 40-21 Dec. 16, 2015.
"[It's] great to start the season with a 4-2 record rather than the opposite, or in some cases worse," said Lea Brodala, a senior guard. "It has given the whole team confidence and makes everyone want to work harder to get better."
Kaylee Wegner caught fire for 17 of her 26 points in the third and fourth quarters as the Indians outscored Seton Catholic 36-8 after halftime.
Seton Catholic sophomore point guard Jasmine Morgan put in 12 of her 15 points in the first and second quarters as Scappoose led 21-19 at intermission.
The Tribe can carry its win streak into the new year opens the Dec. 28-30 Hidden Valley Tournament against the host Mustangs (7-1) and all-Skyline Conference talents Kaylee Krusemark (a senior guard) and junior guards Janelle Hurley, Hallee Jessee and Clara Scott in Grants Pass.
SCAPPOOSE 57, SETON CATHOLIC 27
Tuesday in Scappoose
SC 8 11 6 2 -- 27
S 8 13 23 13 -- 57
SETON CATHOLIC (1-7) — Jasmine Morgan 15, Cheyenne Badger 5, Haley Vick 4, Michaela Ephraim 3. Totals 10 7-17 27.
SCAPPOOSE (4-2) — Kaylee Wegner 26, Allison Wills 8, Krystal Esterly 6, Belle Erhardt 4, Sara Mills 3, Sierra Stafford 3, Payton Fisher 3, Lea Brodala 2, Emily Kopra 2. Totals 16 12-24 57.