By Jeremy McDonald
YAMHILL, Ore.– The Battling Huskies of the North Marion Girls Basketball team keep finding ways to get it done during the first week of Oregon West Conference play.
Against a solid Newport Cubs team, the Lady Huskies overcame poor shooting to get out of Newport with a 43-38 victory to start league 1-0 and improve to 12-2 on the season.
Head Coach Trevord Bodine points to the character of this team to fight through the adversity when everything isn’t working in their favor.
“We played poorly against Newport and shot horribly from the field and free throw line and was lucky to escape on the road,” said Bodine. “Our defense was porous and it was easily the worst game we have played all year.
“When you’re able to win when nothing is going right, it says something about these girls determination and heart. Exactly what I have come to love about this team. They won’t quit.”
North went ‘1-0’ again Friday as they used a strong defensive performance and rebounding game to get a 55-38 victory as Ally Umbenhower (10), Hannah Kinniburh (10), Emily Scanlan (12) led the charge in scoring from the other side of the ball.
“We played well after leading by 4 at half. Opened it up in the 3rd and got Scanlan out in transition for some easy buckets,” said Bodine. “Paige Martin, Ashley Bowman, Kyia Brooks, Sonia Jimenez and Katie Ensign had solid contributions. We rebounded well and played a stifling defense for the most part.”
Upcoming this week, North Marion plays host to Philomath Tuesday before traveling to Stayton Friday.
SCORERS FROM NEWPORT GAME: Umbenhower-20. Kinniburgh-9. Scanlan-5. Verastegui-4. Jimenez-3. Dron-2.
SCORERS FROM YC GAME: Scanlan-12. Kinniburgh-10, Umbenhower-10, . Jimenez-7. Verastegui-7 Bowman-3. Wing-2. Brooks-2. Dron-2. Martin-2. Total-55.
BOYS BASKETBALL- Following their tough 54-47 to Newport on the road Tuesday, the boys of North Marion answered the bell against a Yamhill-Carlton team that recently droped 71 points against Cascade Tuesday.
Though the Huskie (10-3, 1-1) defense allowed 67 points from that same Tiger squad, North’s offense got the ball rolling as they picked up win number one in the OWC-League season as they look to continue their mojo against a league-favorite in Philomath.