By Jeremy McDonald
ESTACADA, Ore.–They enter the week-long break riding on a winning streak.
It may just be just a two-gamer, but considering two of their three losses are against two powerhouse 3A teams in #4 Salem Academy (4-0) and #1 Dayton (6-0), Stayton (3-3) reversed a three-game skid with the back-to-back wins over Tillamook (60-20) and Estacada (66-33) to enter one of the few lull’s of the season.
“It’s good, it gives us confidence and we play (Central) in summer ball so we know what to expect but we don’t know whose all going to be there,” said Marri Martinez. “But since we got off a win, it’s good to have that energy and intensity so hopefully we can keep that.”
Central is currently 4-0 entering the North Marion Tournament this weekend and are number 3 in 5A when they enter their game against Molalla Thursday in Aurora, and with the extra few days until the game Wednesday, it’ll will give the Lady Eagles an opportunity to heal up as several of them are battling the cold bug that is going around while giving them a chance to improve for the Panthers.
“Our five starters are sick right now, so our healing is going to be mostly in our health-area” said Lexi Smart. “But we’ve played Central like six-times in Summer, they seem to be doing pretty good, but we’re working hard and I think we’re ready.”
“For preparing I think we still need to go hard on each other in practices because they’re not going to go easy on us in that game,” adds Martinez.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald