Lady Viks Defense Shows Signs of Life in 57-16 Loss

SALEM, Ore.–  There were spurts of life in the North Salem High School Girls Basketball team’s defense against Reynolds Monday afternoon in their 57-16 loss at home.

But, behind two first half points and to allowing 25 points during that span, head coach Brent Turner isn’t so pleased with how his team came out to play on the aggressive front.

“We don’t have it,” said Turner on their aggressiveness.  “If you’re not aggressive, you don’t get anything.  Especially in basketball, people think aggressiveness will get them a foul; it will get them this or that.

“Aggressiveness might get you a foul, most of time it wouldn’t because it shows your going after something.  Too many times we’ve had the ball tied up, too many times we lose the ball and that’s what it comes down too, be aggressive.”

Karen Torres (4, white) reacting to Maria Velador (4, black) getting the ball (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Turner added that his team, like he’s seen all season, sparked in the fourth quarter where they scored 10 points to the Raiders 21.

For Janel Urbina, she believes and adds to what Coach Turner said in that they could’ve done a lot better as a team to get it going outside of the final eight minutes of the game.

“I felt like we could’ve done better,” said Urbina. “The fire, it takes a while to come out with this team.”

The first six and a half minutes of the game, North Salem were aggressive in their defense and were battling for rebounds while holding the Raiders to five first quarter points.

“I want to see more of that,” said Urbina on the battling.  “I want it to be more constant, the aggressiveness.”

But, with a Maria Velador fast-break lay-up following a North Salem turnover, Reynolds scored six points to take a 11-2 after the first quarter before the Viks settled in again to start the second quarter.

For the first five minutes of the second quarter, the score remained at 11-2 until Alexis De Jesus broke the scoreless quarter as the Raiders continue to build their lead while turnovers inhibited the North Salem offense entering halftime.

Rupp gave the Vikings their first field goal of the game to start the third quarter and Karen Torres at the end of the frame added another score.

When the buzzer for the end of the quarter however, there was an exchange of words between the two teams that resulted in a technical foul on Reynolds.

Keeping their cool, North Salem saw Miram Flemming hit both foul shots to start the fourth as the Viks came out aggressive in the game’s final act.

Syndee Rupp liked how her team got aggressive following the trading of words, but not overly aggressive.

Kelsey Blackbird (23) making on of her three free throws in the fourth quarter.  She was 3-4 in the frame from the line (Picture by Jeremy McDonald)

“I like how we got a little rough, but not too rough,” she said. “ We kept our tempers down for the most part.”

Urbina mentioned that no matter what; herself, Rupp and the other girls on the North Salem team never give up no matter what the score says on the board.

“Our team, it’s like no matter how hard the fight is, we never give up,” she said.  “We always fight even if we’re down really bad or if it’s a really bad game and everyone feels like crap, we keep fighting until the end.”



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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