By Jeremy McDonald
MOLALLA, Ore.–There’s a lot to take away from this tournament for the Gervais Girls Basketball team following a tough weekend at Country Christian.
Having to beat Joesph to advance to the fourth-place game in the tournament, Daisy Correa led the charge for the Lady Cats as Gervais went back-and-forth with the Eagles as they did before Friday in the cramp smaller gym next door.
Tied at 31-apiece, Correa hit a lay-in to give the Cougars a 33-31 lead, then adds two more with a pair of free throws as Joesph got to three on the next possession before Correa and Mary Davidson forces a jump ball on Gervais’ next defensive possesion.
But, fouls and turnovers hurt the Lady Cats down the stretch as the Eagles sealed the another win off of Free Throws over Gervais and you could see the pain and frustrations on the faces of the Lady Cats on how this one ended.
“It’s a sad loss, we tried to come back up and get our game back up, they just took it from us and like (Head Coach Kyle) Buse said there’s no excuses for this one,” said Correa.
The shining light in this tournament that Buse was trying to help his team do it learn to how to play with a lead and to sustain that lead until the end whistle in a hard-fought game like the two Joesph games this weekend.
And Correa points to the fact that herself and her teammates were slowly getting into a rythym and getting used to play with a lead.
“Every time we had the lead, Buse was like we had to learn how to play with the lead and I feel like we started way better with that once we started learning how to play with the lead,” said Correa. “This one was really bad though, we weren’t on. I feel like our game wasn’t there.”
Now, the season isn’t over yet.
Gervais will travel to play at Woodburn High School Tuesday evening before playing their alumni Thursday night to close out the summer season, and it’ll be a great way for the Cougars to come out and finish the season on a high-note.
“We’ll just bring everything we have and try to dominate the game and with this tournament, last weekend and then this weekend, it’ll push us into next season as well,” said Correa.
“Like our game is getting stronger and I feel like we’re going to use that with Woodburn and then the Alumni game on Thursday.”