By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– It was a dominate way to start the SCTC Tournament for the Stayton Boys and Girls basketball teams Wednesday.
In the girls bracket, the Lady Eagles came out firing for their first game in nearly two weeks without playing as they jumped out to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter.
But the two-weeks off showed as they slowed a bit afterwards in their 35-24 victory over Scio to start their tournament play.
“(We) got off to a good start at 17-6 after the first quarter and then the two-week layoff showed. Ran out of gas a little bit but executed well down the stretch to win,” said Head Coach Darren Shryock on the game.
Alyssa Lindemann said that the challenges were there with just two practices over the last two weeks, but enjoyed how the team stepped up and battled the full 32 minutes.
We really stepped up and pushed ourselves to play up the whole game,” she said. “It was definitely tough considering we had only had two practices and no games the last two weeks but we came out hard and battled the whole game.”
The Stayton Girls play again at 6pm Thursday.
On the guys side, the boys had a 56-18 lead with 5:12 left in the third quarter as they sailed to a 93-43 victory over the Loggers of Scio.
“We played well. We came out and did what we needed to against Scio and that put us up big early and we just fed off of that energy the rest of the game.,” said Aidan Hill on the win.
The Eagle Guys will play La Grande at 7:30pm Thursday night.
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