By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– As they enjoyed another win early in the season, a 67-33 victory over Scappoose, the Lady Huskies enter Week 3 of the season 2-1 in this young season with Ally Umbenhower leading the way with 19 points in the win over the Indians Friday night at home.
And though their two victories this season have been by 31 points and 34 points, they are following the same mindset that’s been making them successful to this point over the last two years in treating every game like their playing the best team in the State of Oregon in 4A.
“These games are really preparing us for our tournament this weekend and preparing us for when the competition gets a little bit harder,” said Umbenhower. “Our outlook on each team is that we are playing the best team no matter what so we’re keeping that mentality and keeping that mentality all the time and just going hard as the season goes on.”1
Raymee Boose added 13 points and Freshman Mya Hammack added another 12 points in the win for the three North Marion Girls Basketball players who scored in double-figures Friday as Paige Martin (8), Katie Ensign (7), Hannah Kinniburgh (5), Mar Verastegui (2) and Lindy Wing (1) all recorded points in the win.
For seniors on the girls side like Umbenhower, Kinniburgh and Wing, the Abby’s Pizza Holiday Classic that North Marion puts on every year, this year will be the last time they’ll take part in it; especially considering weather conditions last year canceled the tournament for their junior season.
“I’m excited because last year it got snowed out and we weren’t able to play in it but this year, we’re looking forward to get a tournament bracket on our wall, getting first place,” said Umbenhower as her squad open the tournament Thursday against Oregon City’s JV squad at 5pm. “We’re going to work really hard to achieve that goal and take it one-game at a time.”
On the guys side of the ball, North Marion will open the tournament Thursday night at 8pm against Corbett (2-1) as the Huskies picked up their first win of the season against Scappoose 68-62.