By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The trap press of McKay got to the youth of North Salem in the second half.
The Lady Scots turned a seven point lead entering the second half into a 20-point, 32-12 victory Friday night to sweep their rivals in the Lady Vikings.
“We had our heads in the game from the start through the end,” said McKay’s Tavia Wilson. “I think in the second half we played way better than our first half. We just kept going, kept focused.”
Confusion from the tip, the Vikings accidently shot and made a three-pointer that actually counted for the Scots as McKay turned a five-point turnaround within the opening moments of the game.
“I think most of the time the girls weren’t trying and gave up from the first start when Sariah made that one mistake,” said Lady Viks Syndee Rupp. “I mean we just got down on ourselves after that and we gave up.”
Down, but not totally out, the defense of North Salem prohibited McKay’s offense from scoring offensively, but turnovers on offense kept them from rolling on offense.
Janel Urbina would turn the fortunes to the good as she was finding the lane to the hoop in the closing moments of the half to help cut the Scots lead to 12-7 entering the half.
The Lady Viks outscored the Scots in the second frame 5-3 thanks in part to their strict defense by the hoop and making McKay shoot the mid-range jumpers and the three-pointers.
But for North Salem Head Coach Brent Turner, he was impressed with his defense to a point during the first half, but isn’t happy with his teams offensive output.
“Our defense is solid in the first go around with the first shot, then we don’t get rebounds,” said Turner. “We held them off for the first quarter, but again it comes down to ‘Can we score? And it’s been the same thing all year long, we can’t score the ball. We have our opportunities, we have our shots, but we can’t put it in the hoop.”
Then, switching what they do on defense to the trap, McKay continued to force turnovers and took advantage on how slow the Vikings were in their transition to build a 21-7 lead entering the fourth quarter as they broke down the defense of North
“We just kept moving the ball around and we just broke it,” said Wilson.
North Salem struggled to crack the trap as they were hoping to entering the game as they could keep the Scots off their backs.
Turner described the situation as his team just trying to assess the situation one too many times.
“I keep telling my girls, ‘listen you can’t stop, once you swing the ball you have to make a decision. You have to go or give it up to the high post’,” he said. “They did it very few times. Few times they sit around and look at the whole entire court. Most times you want them to assess the situation.”
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 email@example.com or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!