By Jeremy McDonald
FOREST GROVE, Ore.– The last time that the North Marion Girls Basketball team were in the Elite 8/Quarterfinals was back in 2002. That drought came to an end on March 9, 2017 when the Lady Huskies lined up to face Banks to start Elite 8 play Thursday night.
For seniors on the roster like Kyia Brooks, who saw two points and two rebounds in seven minutes of play, said it’s a great experience before she graduates.
“I think it’s pretty cool because we haven’t been here since 2002 so it’s pretty cool to experience this for the first time before I graduate, especially with my teammates,” said Brooks.
Underclassmen like sophomore Emily Scanlan are also in awe, but know it’s a learning experience for years to come.
“Personally, I’ve never played before in this big of a gym and made it to playoffs,” said Scanlan. “So I think this is a really good experience to able to play against a lot tougher teams and being able to push ourselves and show and prove what we have”
Scanlan scored 12 points in the contest with five rebounds as North Marion battled throughout despite a tough third quarter that allowed the Braves to build a double-digit lead in the fourth.
But, the Huskies battled back, cutting it to single-digits in the 54-44 loss as they look to come out sharper against Baker Friday morning at Pacific University.
“After halftime versus Banks we just kind of went out flat and every quarter we came out flat,” said Scanlan. “So, next game we’re planning on going out peaking and going out strong.”
The Bulldogs lost to a tough Marshfield team 53-35 in the nightcap at Forest Grove High School as both teams look for a win to advance to the 4th/6th place game Saturday morning.
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