By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The Stayton Lady Eagles opened their game versus Yamhill-Carlton with a 30-10 lead at the halftime break as the Tigers managed to cut it to 13 points before Stayton sealed the deal 56-37 Tuesday Night.
Alyssa Lindemann was on a rail with six three’s as the senior finished with 25 points on the day, Tess Hendricks added two more of the Eagles eight total three’s as Hendricks finished with 14. Post Marri Martinez added another eight.
But Stayton will have a big test on their hands Friday versus North Marion who are in a two-way tie with Cascade for first in the Oregon West Conference at 3-0 after their gritty win over Philomath Tuesday night after being down 11 at the halftime break.
“Philomath out worked us in the first half and shot well,” said Huskie Head Coach Trevor Bodine. “I told the girls that I shouldn’t have to coach effort. That’s on them. To their credit, they rallied and came out with a lot of heart in the 3rd quarter and chipped away with defensive stops and aggressive offense attacks.
The final was Lady Huskies 50, Warriors 48 as Emily Scanlan had 10 of her 19 in the fourth quarter, but Bodine knows that they can’t have an off-night shooting versus the Lady Eagles Friday.
“We are still having some pretty silly mental mistakes but working hard to flush them and move to the next play,” said Bodine. “We can’t afford to be sloppy against Stayton on Friday. We have to be ready to go from the tip. Our shooting has been letting us down but we’ve found ways to stay afloat.”
Tip for this showdown is at 5:30 in Stayton.
As for the boys showdown, both sides enter the 7pm nightcap sitting at 1-2 three games in and both find themselves in a three-way tie for second with Newport as they look to break even Friday as it’ll be a showcase of great guards with Tanner Scanlan and Cade Nau and a battle of Big Men with the versatility of Riley Nichol and the dunking ability of Kaleb Annundi versus the strength and physicality of North’s Hunter Martin and Trevor Ensign.