By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Three days, Three games, Three wins. Sounds like a good deal right?
Somehow, through all the fatigue of three straight games that featured a great win over Marshfield, a great performance by the bench versus Crook County all it’s a peak with that offensive output by North Marion and steal-fest by Emily Scanlan.
3-0, it’s something.
“I think we done pretty good picking it up today, especially from being tired yesterday against Crook County,” said Hannah Kinniburgh. “But I think we picked it up this game and we all realized we played as a team, we did much better.
“We had the same want as we did at Marshfield.”
From the opening tip, you realize the figurative lid came off the rim for the Lady Huskies as all of a sudden, points were falling to go along with Scanlan tipping balls and setting up the offense and the rebounding game was there.
10-0, 12-0…next thing you knew it was 24-0 in favor of North Marion. No that’s not a typo, it was really 24-0, then 26-2 moments later as the Huskies led 28-6 by the end of the first quarter.
“I think it was more of a team connection and when we get going, we start to get on fire,” said Scanlan. “We start to click when we mesh as a team because we have a lot of different kinds of skills and body types and stuff like that.
“We have inside-outside game and once we start to figure that out, we get off to a good start.”
That quarter set the pace for the rest of the game as the lead was 44-24 at halftime, 56-33 after three as they sailed to a 64-51 victory Wednesday to finish the three-game voyage of games.
What impressed Scanlan, who finished with 15 points and rumors has it, tied or broke a school record in steals as she hit the ten steal mark Wednesday, was their stamina over the past few days.
“I think our stamina,” she said. “Especially after playing three games in a row. Just being mentality and physically exhausted that pushing us and having a good start to this game was good for us.”
Kinniburgh led North Marion with 22 points in the contest.
As they load up the buses to head back up to Aurora, one thing reminds, how tired they are but how this would pay off here in a few months in the playoffs.
“It was hard, my legs are dying,” laughed Lindy Wing. “They’ve been all hard teams, so that’s going to pay off in the long run because if we make it to playoffs, it’s going to push us cause we’re pushing each day and (it’ll) make us better.”
But we’re a long way from playoffs, there’s still a tough Oregon West Conference ahead as Stayton, Cascade and company look to make it to the Field of 16 this year.
As for now, it’s back to work…slowly for the most part as they recover haha.
“We’re going to keep it light tomorrow,” “We’re going to work on shooting, we’re going to watch a little film, we’re going to walk through a few things that we’re struggling with. But we’re not going to do a lot of physical activity, mainly shooting and free throws, things like that.
“And then Friday we’ll get back at it and then we’re going to take a couple of days off for Christmas. Then Monday we got another hard practice and then we leave for Astoria. So there’s going to be a bunch of good teams up there, we just got to take it one game at a time and do what we do. Do what we can control and we’ll see how it plays out.”
They’ll have a week in between Wednesday’s game and Tuesday’s tourney opener versus Sandy out in Astoria. The 5A Sandy team is going to be another tough time that sits 4-1 at the moment.
HUSKIE SCORERS- Kinniburgh-22. Scanlan-15. Wing-10. Umbenhower-5. Verastegui- 4. Bowman-2. Martin-2. Jimenez-2. Ensign-2.