By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– It’s a new year, new beginnings for the teams around the State of Oregon this week; and what brings excitement of the unknown, the nerves are there as well.
But you wouldn’t know that with how the Lady Eagles of Stayton High School came out Friday night to get their season rolling with a firey passion.
And it started it a senior in Tess Hendricks and it spread to the rest of her team.
“I was really nervous and kind of sad it was my last first game but that made me really excited for the season,” said Hendricks on the game.”I thought we were going to be a lot more nervous because a lot of us talked about that. But we came out pretty strong and I’m pretty proud of my squad.”
Hendricks set the pace with her physicality on the perimeter in the first quarter as two threes by the senior had the Eagles up 12 with 2:30 left.
In fact, the whole Stayton team had this physicality as Hendricks, whether it was the Lindemann sisters with Hendricks away from the basket or Alexis Bender, Sierra Shelton or Marri Martinez-Pallares grinding out the rebounds near the hoop as they led 32-13 at the halftime break.
It seemed like the nerves they talked about the first game was a distant memory at this point as they found their groove.
“We chased them out of their zone which was nice,” said Head Coach Darren Shryock. “Anytime you can shoot the ball well, that helps but yeah I thought we executed pretty well especially for the first game of the season.”
Stayton would score five of their seven threes in the first half. Alyssa Lindemann had three that counted towards her 14 total points and Hendricks had two of her four threes during that span.
A Bender strip steal to a lay-up put Stayton up 34-13 to start the third, before Estacada scored five straight points before Hendricks hit back-to-back three’s that was followed by a Shelton lay-up as the Eagles led 42-18 mid-third quarter.
Hendricks got a lay-up before the Rangers broke through the Stayton defense to get back on the board as she finished with 20 points in the game.
As there lead increased to the 30 point range briefly, it’s hard to believe that they got things to improve on moving into their second game of the year versus Banks.
“They did a good job, they played hard,” said Shryock. “Obviously things to clean up, we turned it over three times but overall pleased with our defensive effort.
“We can improve a lot,” added Hendricks. “We still have a ton of little stuff, little things to work on defense overall but I think we’ll be good overall.”
For Shryock, who coached Boys Basketball until this season, laughed hard when asked about getting his first Girls Basketball Win.
“It feels good,” Shryock said with a loud laugh and a huge smile.
Banks will be in town Tuesday for a 7pm tip.
Stayton Points- Hendricks-20. Lindemann, A. -14, Bender-8, Shelton-6, Lindemann, E.-4, Martinez-Palleros- 4. Sheppard-0.Smart, L.-0, Smart, A.-0 Three-Pointers- Hendricks-4. Lindemann, A-3
Quarters 1 2 3 4 — t
Rangers 7 6 7 7 — 27
Eagles 12 20 18 4 — 54
BOYS BASKETBALL- Estacada 73, Stayton 61. The Eagles found themselves in a 12-point hole entering the third quarter before cutting it to four during the frame, but the Eagles couldn’t overcome the deficit and complete the comeback Friday night. They will be at Banks Tuesday night at 7pm.
Girls Photo Gallery (Pictures By Jeremy McDonald)