Scio Middle School Overcomes Rusty Start Against Blanchet

By Jeremy McDonald

SCIO, Ore.– In their first-game back since the Thanksgiving break, you could tell there was some rust in their game during the opening half game against Blanchet Catholic, but once they came out for the second-half though against the Lady Cavaliers, it was a whole different ball game.

Call it a coaches talk at halftime and/or the rust finally coming off the wheels but their shots were falling, they were rebounding better and were just playing Scio basketball to close out their seventh win of the season.

“In the first half, we were on like a six-day break and we had first practice yesterday and we could have played a lot better in the first half, but I think that we came back in the second half better,” said Olivia Bettey on how the squad responded in the second half of the game.

Maddy Mitzel (12) standing guard on defense watching the ball being passed around Tuesday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)


With their next game against Santiam at Santiam Elementary School Thursday, Scio knows that their next opponent could take advantage of their miscues as they look to continue to improve in practice Wednesday in preparation for that game on Thursday.

“I think we can improve on rebounding and not standing there watching and not fouling as much,” said Adrien Stover.  “There’s been a lot of fouls in our last few games and it hasn’t gone well for us.  We’ve had four kids in the entire season foul out already.”

“If we take the lessons we learned today in this game is that, yeah maybe we start off rusty, then we just need to pick right up because we’re a good team and Mill City is pretty good too,” adds Bettey.  “So if we just play like we did in the second half today, we’ll probably win.”

Tip off is at 4pm at Santiam Elementary School.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald


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