By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Entering the Cascade Tournament at Cascade High School, the Stayton Lady Eagles had their fair share of battle tested games.
After being swept by a 3A playoff team in Salem Academy to start the season, the Eagles pushed another 3A playoff team in Blachet Cathlotic to 5A as well as Sweet Home before Stayton swept Molalla a few days before the Tournament hosted by Stayton’s rival.
“I think with every game we’re getting stronger and stronger,” said Senior Alyssa Lindemann. “We’re starting to playing together a lot more better.”
At the Cascade Tourney, team’s like North Marion, Cascade, Sweet Home floated around in other pools of the tournament. In the pool Stayton played in, there were Seaside, Junction City and Molalla; so competition in the Tournament is tough to say the least.
But it’s a nice challenge for what the Oregon West Conference has to offer.
“It’s definitely really good for us as a team so we can see all the teams before we play them,” said Emma Lindemann. “And when we play these type of teams, we get a look of what we’re going to see in season.”
Against the Seagulls, the Eagles dug themselves out of deep holes to either break even or take a minor lead in the Seaside sweep. The difference however, was that they couldn’t carry that momentum to start with or end with.
“We just need to start out, like we always end up doing in the middle, we need to start out good and play it all the way through to the finish,” said Alyssa Lindemann.
Against the Tigers, the Eagles won the first set before tying in the second set as both teams enter bracket play where Stayton finished second in the Consolation Bracket.
”We definitely started out where we just need to join more as a team,” said Emma Lindemann. “But I think during season, we can get it done.”
Up next for the Lady Eagles is their OWC-League Opener Tuesday, at home, versus a 2-5 Philomath team that are riding a four-game losing streak after winning two of their first three games.
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