By Jeremy McDonald
NEWBERG, Ore.–With a new face in the lineup in Regis’ Kirsten Koehnke, this summer has been something unique for the Lady Crusaders as they get accostum to a new teammate and new roles around the squad.
“I think we play so many games it really helped us to get our team chemistry up again because we take a break between season and everyone’s doing their own individual things so, coming back together playing game-after-game is super helpful,” said Halle Baker. 102
And you saw this togetherness in their 3pm game versus Herminston as they turned a 9-0 deficit into a 29-16 halftime lead in their 48-32 win over the Lady Lions as they look like already to be in mid-winter season form in mid-June.
“Yeah it was a little bit rough for the first part of it, I think we pulled through and we grit down and the teamwork got us through it,” said Grace Brown on the grittiness of the team coming back after their 1pm victory to start the day.
Now the challenge.
Southridge at Newberg High School at 2:30pm.
The Skyhawks won the 6A State Championships this past year and will be just as tough as ever, and there’s nerves there facing this kind of higher-caliber competition, but the Salem Academy Girls know it’ll help them in making another deep run for the Title in 2017-2018.
“It’ll be a good precursor kind of thing to State and those bigger, faster, better teams so it’ll be a good thing for us in the long run,” said Baker.
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