by: JEFF GOODMAN - North Marion's Kiley Florez scored a team-high nine points to help lead the Huskies over La Pine on Friday. North Marion 32, La Pine 27

The North Marion girls basketball team survived a big first quarter by La Pine and foul trouble for senior Michaela Meeuwsen to pull out a gritty five-point victory on the road over the La Pine Hawks.

After the Huskies surrendered 13 points in the first quarter to La Pine, the team clamped down on the defensive end in the second quarter and continued to hold steady throughout the final half of play.

North Marion held the Hawks to just two points in the second period, as the team rallied back to take an 18-15 lead at halftime.

The two teams continued their defensive battle throughout the second half, as neither team was able to pull away.

Meeuwsen, the Huskies’ leading scorer on the season, finished with four points as she battled foul trouble and a 2-for-9 shooting night on the offensive end.

The versatile senior managed to contribute big minutes on the defensive end, where she finished with 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. She also dished out a team-high four assists.

Teammates Kiley Florez and Carlie Donnelly were at the receiving end of some of Meeuwsen’s passes. The two finished with nine points each to lead the Huskies.

Florez also struggled with the floor after making just 2-of-10 shots, but the sophomore guard connected on a pair of 3-pointers and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line.

Donnelly excelled in heavy minutes for North Marion, pulling down seven rebounds to go along with her contribution on the offensive end.

Sophomore Jessica Oliver also contributed with eight points in the victory.

North Marion (5-5) improved to .500 after the La Pine win gave the team its first back-to-back wins of the season. The Huskies have won three of four as the team prepared to face Junction City (4-5) in a game that was scheduled for Tuesday.

The Huskies return to action Friday at Stayton (3-6) before returning home Tuesday to host No. 6 Central (7-1).

Monroe 56, Gervais 35

The Gervais girls combined to produce one of their best offensive games of the season after losing by 21 to the Monroe Dragons Friday night.

After averaging just 22 points in the Cougar Classic to end the year, the Lady Cats responded with their second-best offensive game of the season as the team continues to search for their first victory of the season.

Sophomore post Jelayna Bastidas scored a team-high 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting and pulled down five rebounds as well.

Fellow sophomore Tiana Jaramillo also grabbed five boards, while junior Valeria Vargas added seven points and three rebounds.

Vanessa Lopez, a junior, had four steals to lead Gervais.

The Lady Cats (0-8) were scheduled to travel to Colton (5-4) to face the Vikings in the West Valley league opener for both teams. Gervais continues its road trip Friday at Horizon Christian (2-6) and Monday at Sheridan (1-6) before returning home in a week to host Westside Christian (2-6).

Kennedy, Santiam - postponed

The much-anticipated Tri-River league opener between the No. 12 Trojans (8-1) and the No. 1 Wolverines (9-0) Friday night was postponed due to a malfunctioning scoreboard at Santiam High School.

The game was rescheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Trojans’ league-opener was instead shifted to the team’s home game against Toledo (0-5) that was scheduled for Tuesday.

Kennedy will then travel to Culver (3-7) Friday before moving on to Santiam the following night.

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Sara Pierson scored 18 for the Buckaroos, but it wasnt enough to overcome the visiting City Christian Lions.City Christian 47, St. Paul 43

The St. Paul girls could not capitalize on a solid second quarter against the visiting City Christian Lions Friday night and went on the fall for their third consecutive loss.

The Buckaroos (4-6, 2-0 Casco) outscored the Lions (5-4, 3-0 Valley 10) by seven points in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead heading into the half.

The two teams had traded blows in the first quarter, but St. Paul, but the Bucks took control in the second period behind a strong defense generating several turnovers that turned into easy points on the other end.

But the Lions came out strong after the break and exploded for 22 points to take a 36-32 lead into the fourth.

The Bucks were able to carve that lead to 40-38 with five minutes to go after Sara Pierson connected with Remy Brentano for two points, but City Christian responded with two baskets and a free throw to go up 45-38 with three minutes left in the game.

Pierson got her team to within 46-43 after getting fouled on a made basket with 55 seconds left, but she failed to connect on the free throw. After the Lions went 1-of-2 at the line on their next possession, Pierson scored at the other end but was called for charging, and City Christian held on for the four-point victory.

Pierson led the Bucks with 18 points, while Brentano finished with 17. The team was scheduled to resume play Tuesday against Falls City (7-2, 1-1 Casco), followed by a road game at Country Christian (5-6, 2-0 Casco) on Friday.

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