By Jeremy McDonald
GERVAIS, Ore.– The Gervais Girls Basketball team came out firing against their Scio-rival to start the fourth quarter as they did as they traded physical blows on the rebounding end and with shots falling to go with body shots in between as the Loggers look to hang onto their double-digit lead.
“I felt like we legitimentley came out strong and together,” said freshman Isabel Vasquez. “I felt like we can do this, we had this game.”
The freshman would play a big factor in the fourth quarter as she played like an upperclassman instead of her freshman status along with the effort her teammates were shipping out.
Up 12 with about 90 seconds left, Scio tried to milk the clock just to be pressured into a shot as the Lady Cougars Natali Herinckx rebounded it and Vasquez converted it to a lay-up to cut it to 10 with 1:23 left in the ball game.
Daisy Correa turned a quick Logger turnover to points, cutting the Scio lead to eight before Vasquez cut it to six with 50 seconds left in the game.
Mackenzie Reger would prove clutch for the Loggers however as the junior would score seven of the games last eight points, five coming from the free throw line as Scio get’s win number one of the PacWest Conference season. Reger finished with a team high 11 points on the game as they prepare for a tough Salem Academy team Friday.
“I don’t know, panicking (a bit), kind of hard, just get in there,” Reger describes the intensity of the fourth quarter of the game. “It was panicking, but relaxing on trying to slow it down.”
The Loggers Olivia Bennett and her team know that the Lady Crusaders, who lost to Blanchet for their first lost of the year Wednesday, will be firing and eager to get back into the win column as the Loggers look to deny them that opportunity.
“We just need to focus on press-break and slowing down our passes, slow our offense down and keep our defense on high intensity against them,” said Bennett who finished with seven points in the win.
For Gervais Head Coach Kyle Buse, he told his team only if they did that fourth quarter all game long as they now prepare for Chemawa at Chemawa Indian School Friday.
“Just with practice tomorrow,” said Buse. “We talked about it in the locker room same thing; I want to get a feel how practice is going to go tomorrow. How energize we’re going to be, we got one practice day and then we have to on the road, down the road to Chemawa and that’s a game we need if we’re going to make playoffs. That’s our goal we made this year.”
Gervais Girls (5-6, 0-1 PacWest) Will tip-off at Chemawa at 6pm. Salem Academy will tip-off at home versus Scio (3-5, 1-0) at 7:30pm.
SCIO SCORERS-Reger-11. Gray-9.Wallen-7. Bennett-7.Mitchell-6. Clouse-1.
GERVAIS SCORERS-Vasquez-10.Correa-8.Villegas-6. Ventura-2. Herincks-2.
Despite some early sluggishness Gervais came out and built a 10 point, 25-15 lead with 2:38 left on the opening half versus Scio as Derrick Jaramillo scored nine of his 13 points in the first half to help his team put the momentum in their favor early on in the contest.
“It was just, first game of the season, we just came out strong,” said Gervais’ Jaramillo. “We had to.”
But, a bad stroke of luck for the Cougars (3-8, 0-1) happen with fouls, turnovers and missed shots occurred, some blocked, others rebounded as the Loggers Blake Lacnker found his grove in the third quarter where the 6’5 senior scored 13 of his 31 points in the frame.
“In the preseason, we haven’t came out with that energy,” said Lacnker on his and his team’s performance in the second half. “I figured I give it a chance and get something going for starting league right…I hope we can carry it over to the other games that we play because we got Salem Academy and they are going to be tough.”
During this span, Scio (2-7, 1-0 PacWest) rode a 31-10 run from that 2:38 mark into the second half as they set sailed to their first league PacWest Conference win of the season as they tip-off versus the Crusaders at 6pm at home.
For Gervais, it’s on the road to Chemawa where they play the nightcap versus the Braves as they hope to get back on track on the road.
“Just not getting the refs get to us like they did,” said Jaramillo. “If we just focus and play our game and play the best that we can like we do at practice, then we should be fine.”
SCIO SCORERS—Lacnker-31. Robinson-10. Harrison-9. Holmberg-3. Gray-3. Slusser-2. Yoder-2.
GERVAIS SCORERS- Jaramillo-13. Isiordia-11. Vallejo-10. Villegas-6. Vasquez-3. Gieselman-2. Hernandez-2. Bastidas-2.
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