By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The Gervais Girls Basketball team found a way once again Thursday night at Regis High School.
It probably wasn’t nesscarily the cleanest game as the Lady Rams turned a 13-7 hole into a two-point game and pressured the Lady Cats to be productive and clutch in spots in order to set up a third quarter in which they used to help set the pace to lead 33-22 entering the fourth quarter in the 43-36 win
“I feel like when we’re having doubts, we have to learn how to keep streaks going instead of getting so dead,” said Kate Hanson, the freshman had nine points and has been a force for the Cougars so far this season along with a strong freshman class that Head Coach Kyle Buse has this season.
Speaking of being a force, Gervais sits at the 10th-spot in 3A and with a 6-2 record and are off to their strongest start in years.
Consider this, the Lady Cats won their sixth game last season on January 6 versus Chemawa (51-26), January 19 also against the Lady Braves in 2016, won only five games in all of the 2014-2015 season and four the year before that.
For seniors like Daisy Correa, who scored six points in the win Thursday, said that yeah it’s cool that they’re 6-2, they’re still hungry for more as they enter the Christmas break.
“We’re still hungry for wins, we need to play hard to get where we want to be,” said Correa. “And starting off the way we started off right now is pretty cool.”
After the Christmas holiday however, the schedule will get a tad harder before they enter the PacWest Conference season kicks up as travel to Salem Academy to partake in the Crusader Invitational.
It’ll be a good challnege for the somewhat young team before tippining off against the Jefferson’s, Blanchet Catholics and Salem Academy’s come league as they now turn their focus to those games.
“We need to stay playing together and when we play together, we can conquer,” said Hanson. “We need to play our game and our pace.”
“Overall I think it’ll make us a better team playing some experienced teams as well at their tournament. We’re looking forward to it actually, it’s a big thing, it’s a big tournament,” adds Correa. “So we’re ready to come out and execute our plays and play the game,”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald