By Jeremy McDonald
CRESWELL, Ore.– There was something about Katelyn Gray during the first half that made her specatular versus Creswell Saturday afternoon.
Whenever the junior was on the court, she got a bunch of rebounds and sparked a Scio Logger offense looking for some mojo, and she did just that in the second quarter.
With her team down 18-11, the 5’10 post re-entered the game and behind nine second quarter points to go along with her six in the first quarter, the Logger found themselves up three entering halftime.
But, coming out of halftime, the Bulldogs changed up their defensive look into a sound zone defense as they turned a Scio 25-20 lead early into the third into a 44-29 victory Saturday.
Frustration is there yes, but so is confidence as they prep for the second part of league which features two games versus Colton.
“Well third quarter is always really hard for us, we always crash in the third quarter. But we’re working on it,” said Gray. “We need to work on our zone offense, I think that’s what really killed us was the zone but, I think we could’ve done it. We’ll come back, we’ll come back.”
With this game acting like a bridge between the first-, and second-part of the league season, Scio knows that they need to continue on what made them successful in the first half while working on areas they need to work on.
“We came out strong for the first part of league and we got to do the same when we play them again,” said Olivia Bennett. “Again we need to keep it slow and run our offense through. Slow down and just keep our defense up.”
In an unique situation Scio Head Coach Jesse Gerig-Heyerly decided to give his bench an extended amount of playing time as he described it as a benefit for his team as they re-enter league here Tuesday versus Gervais.
“We had a tough game last night against Chemawa, we’re just trying to get our guys more reps to get ready for league schedule coming up,” said Gerig-Heyerly on the reasoning behind the move.
The bench had some struggles catching up to the pace initally when they entered in the second quarter, but when they did during the second half, they held the Creswell offense to 23 points.
“I think we battled a little better in the second half,” Gerig-Heyerly said of his bench’s performance. “We talked about a goal as team at halftime to hold them to 20 points for a half for the second half. We gave up 23.
“So much better job on the defensive end, but we kind of came out slow in the second quarter.”
As the Boys Loggers enter their second part of league, too playing Colton twice, they had good wins over Chemawa and Gervais and made a statement to the PacWest that they can hang as they battled with Blanchet at Blanchet during the first part as they look to build off of those success’.
“We’re doing well, we took care of Chemawa and Gervais, both tough games. Both close ones,” said Gerig-Heyerly.”We just got to keep balancing out the league now that everyone knows each other. Just got to keep improving. ”
The Girls play Gervais at 6:30pm while the boys play at 8pm at Scio High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald