By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.–When PacWest Conference play started January 4, the Scio Lady Loggers sat at 2-6 overall with their lone wins coming from Riverdale (69-58) and Sweet Home (54-21) in a preseason that featured some tough challenges like against St. Paul that’s ranked #5 in 2A, #10 Amity up at 3A and #16 Stayton in 4A that was designed to help prepare Scio for the PacWest.
It has worked.
Entering their game versus Blanchet Cathlotic, the Loggers were 6-4, three games behind Salem Academy and the Cavailers and a two-and-a-half lead on Gervais in the league standings.
Autumn Mitchell points to the fact that they are finally coming together as a team as they picked up sweeps of Gervais, Colton and Jefferson as they have one last game in front of them following Saturday’s game.
“I think a lot of it is us coming together as a team finally,” said Autumn Mitchell. “We’ve had slow starts even in games and it’s just getting the momentum to keep going.”
For fellow senior Olivia Bennett, she points to the fire that the seniors have in trying to go as far as they can one last time before they graduate.
“Us as seniors, we don’t want it to end,” said Bennett. “We know that it’s our last shot at everything, so we kind of figure we need to pick it up, pick our energy up because it’s our shot of everything. We don’t want to be done.”
You saw that passion with Bennett, Mitchell and the rest of seniors as they ended their last home game with a tough loss to Blanchet, but they know they have the ability to rebound as they have all league season, all regular season-long.
“It was pretty nice having a big run,” said Mackenzie Reger on the run up to this point.”(Just) bring up what we’ve been working on and just been working on stuff.”
With one last promised game with Chemawa at Chemawa in Keizer, Bennett echos the confidence that’s been steadily building and that got them the third-spot of their conference entering this last week.
“We need to play like we know we can, then if we run our offense that we have and play with our energy that we know we can play then I know we’ll do fine,” said Bennett. “But if we do our own thing and we don’t run our offense, we don’t have the right amount of energy, then it’ll won’t work out.
“But I know we can play how we can, we’ll be fine.”
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