Hungry Vikings Striving for 1st Win

North Salem look to break into the “W” coulmn this week against Parkrose and McKay (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  The North Salem High School Girls Basketball team were back to work Monday afternoon following their first two games of the season.

Despite losing both games, the games against South Albany (74-26) and Thurston (67-12) showed where the Vikings (0-2) squad what their deficits are.

“Last week showed us what our deficits are,” said North Salem Head Coach Brent Turner. “So that’s rebounding, turnovers, and also scoring.

“We lack the ability to score at will and that’s dangerous when you play against any team.  If you can’t score when you want to, you’re a sitting duck for most of the game.”

In their first two games, the Vikings have scored 38 points total against the Rebels (26) and the Colts (12).

“I think we’re going to be more aggressive on offense (this week),” said Casey Welch.  “We’re going to be better getting back to offense, passing the ball and not so many turnovers.”

To improve on their other areas of emphasis for their games against Parkrose on the road Tuesday night and Friday night’s home match-up against McKay; Turner said that they need to focus on each one of them individually.

Casey Welch (left) and Brent Turner (Right) waiting for the play to begin (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“We’re taking the time to hit those specific spots where we’re weak at and try to make those spots stronger,” he said.

That means one day, like Monday, was for defense.  Read and react drills to move when the ball moves.

Wednesday will be another thing and Thursday, another.  All in the process to get better as a team.

“We need to be aggressive, (to) get in there,” said Welch.  “Don’t be afraid to wrestle with some girls to get the ball.”

They’ll need that aggressiveness as they tip it off against the Broncos (0-2) as they are too looking for their first win of the season following a 49-20 loss to Reynolds and 50-25 against Woodburn during Opening Week last week.

Tip-Off between the Viks and Parkrose will be at 7:15pm.

Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013).  Got a story idea? Email him at or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!

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