By Jeremy McDonald
ESTACADA, Ore.– They’ve been close all year in their first three-games of the season, but came up short…until now.
Behind Jordan Butler’s four three-pointers, Riley Nichol’s offensive verstaility leading the way, Stayton built a 35-6 lead halfway through the second quarter versus Estacada Wednesday night in the foothills of the Greater Portland Area.
There was a sense of anger, frustration and straight up being as mad as the Grinch when it comes to the idea of Christmas.
“Well after not starting the season how it was planned and how we wanted to, that’s all we could do to get fired up and get a solid win and get our season heading on the right track,” said Nichol who scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and one of his two-dunks in the opening 16 minutes.27
The Rangers ended the half on a 11-4 run to cut the lead to 39-17, but on this night, Stayton will not be denied of what they’ve been denied of four games into the season:
“It feels good but we need to keep this intensity up and try to get more wins against good teams,” said Jerry Daniels who’s been getting healthier and healthier since suffering a foot-injury over football season.
Daniels scored five points in the win, Kaleb Anundi added a team-high 18 points. Butler finished with 12 points.
As for the next big challenge, it’s Wilsonville High School to open up the Capital City Classic at Willamette University on Monday and the Wildcats sit at 3-0 entering their Friday game against West Linn and the Eagles know that defense will need to be on pair versus Wilsonville on Monday.
And it starts with their mindset.
“It’s all about the mindset, we proved that we can do it here, we just got to think and prepare and just simply do it,” said Nichol.
“Our main focus right now is defense because we got the offense down, so we just got to stop teams from getting over 40 points,” adds Daniels. “That’s going to be a challenge for us, but we got to work hard doing it.”
Tip off against the Wildcats is at 7pm at Willamette University.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald