By Jeremy McDonald
MOLALLA, Ore.– Western Mennonite found themselves battling through some adversity against Molalla Monday Night on the road.
With Sydney Fahndrich still a week out from a sprained wrist suffered earlier this season and Makinley Gutierrez going down with a leg injury during the first half, the bench became a tad thinner for the Lady Pioneers going up against a solid 4A team in the Indians.
Molalla used their slight height advance to out rebound Western Mennonite and used their speed to turn those into points throughout the game as they built a lead entering halftime before the Lady Pioneers stepped up the intensity during the second half with a few spurts of trading blows with the Lady Indians.
“It went good, we could have done better in the first half, worked harder,” said Makennan Hopper. “But it went really well then the first-time we played them, we’ve improved a lot. We could work harder next time. Have more energy, more heart, more effort, stuff like that.”
“It was a lot better, we played them in a jamboree a few weeks ago in our first game-ever and we’ve improved a lot, but we still have a lot of things to improve on,” adds Annika Hess.
That jamboree-scrimmage on at Country Christian back on November 29.
Annika Hess spoke to playing a team in the Lady Indians will help them improve as they prepare for Faith Bible Thursday at home as Hess, Payton Hopper both record 14 pointd each and Makennan Hopper added another 10 in the 60-41 loss.
“We’ll just focus on things we can improve on, defense. We weren’t moving the ball on offense,” said Hess on how they can improve between now and Thursday.
Tip-off against Faith Bible is at 7pm at Western Mennonite.
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