Scio Pushes Coquille in Salem Academy Invitational

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

SALEM, Ore.–Coming off their torunament win from last Saturday at East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon, Scio found themselves in a tournament this Saturday that featured some of the top teams in the State of Oregon.

Number 1 Salem Academy, Number three Coquille number seven Creswell and number 10 Dayton to name a few of the top talent in the tournament that was at Salem Academy and Corban University.

The Lady Loggers found themselves down early to start the final pool-play game against 11th-ranked Pleasant Hill, but 12th-ranked Scio rallied back to take that first set and used that momentum to complete the two-game pool play sweep to go undefeated in pool play and get the fourth-seed in the Gold Bracket for bracket play.

“To overcome and know that they have the ability and to stay strong and not get scared and just battle one-point after another,” said Head Coach Kate Trimble on that game versus the Lady Billy Goats to wrap up pool play. “Take the lead, win by five and then crush them in the second set, it’s good to see them fight.”

To face teams like a Pleasant Hill and then the next challenge in the Red Devils will help them as they prepare for the final push for the second half of league season.

“It’s awesome to see them compete with at a high-level and I’m excited for the rest of the year, the end of the season,” said Trimble.  “It just gets them playing that faster pace and being ready for anything.  Just reacting to the ball in play rather than overthinking everything too much.

“So I’m excited for what it’s going to do to us for the rest of the season for the second half.”

Against Coquille, though the final read 20-25, 23-25 in favor of the Lady Red Devils, the fact that Scio was able to keep up with the number three team in the State of Oregon in the 3A level, says a lot about this team as they look to keep up this intensity versus Chemawa and Gervais this week.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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