The Viking and The Titan: North and West Salem Meet In Girls Basketball

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  The game against McNary was just a friendly reminder of what they need to improve on as a unit said North Salem High School Girls Head Coach Brent Turner.

The main thing was rebounding and allowing second chance baskets he said.

“Our initial defense was great,” said Turner. “We found out that we still need to rebound the ball and learn to attack a zone defense.

“They had 42 points off of second chance points, but allowing them more than one attempt at the basket killed us.”

But what impressed Turner was their ability to identify and are taking steps to attack a press that someone like the Celtics tossed their way.

“We have made strides from last year where we could not break a press,” said Turner.  “We made some mistakes passing the ball through their press, but we were able to break it more often than not.”

Tonight, the Vikings (0-5, 0-2 GVC) have another challenge on the road:

West Salem High School.

The Titans sit 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Greater Valley Conference where they sit in fourth-place.

But the plan is to take it in baby steps to help develop his young team said Turner.

“We usually take a day out of our busy practice week and work on nothing but fundamentals,” he said.  “We have to take a look at the small picture and allow ourselves to become better than what we were the day before.”

Tip off for North versus West is 5:45pm at West Salem High School.

For Friday’s game we are taking baby steps to become better little by little. Again this is a young team that is learning the hard way what it takes to play on the varsity level.

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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