Amity Roars To Life In Late Over Santiam Christian

By Jeremy McDonald

ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore.–  For the first three quarters of the game against Santiam Christian to start West Valley League-play, it was anything but easy against the youth in the Lady Eagles Wednesday night down Highway 99.

Whenever the Lady Warriors were able to bounce their lead to six-, eight-points, Santiam Christian rallied back that included a brief time when the game was a two-point game with 4:55 left in the third quarter at 19-17 before the game was tied at 19.

The best way to describe this burst off and then laying off the gas was simply put as a lack of intensity as they looked for a spark entering the closing minutes of the game.

“We didn’t have much intensity, we weren’t pressuring them at as much,” said Allyssa Plummer.  “Our defense was slacking off a little bit and I didn’t think we came out with intensity too.”

Morgan Croxford (33) looking on as the senior watches the clocks hit zero (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Plummer would hit a three to help put Amity up 29-21 entering the fourth, but it was Keeley Graham who was well, being Keeley Graham, as the junior guard continuously poked out balls and led a transitional offensive attack that helped the Lady Warriors build back up their lead as they picked up that intensity that they were looking for to polish off the league-opening win.

“I think we just put more intensity into it and pushed the ball a little bit more,” said Graham.  “(We) spread ourselves out more so we clumping as much.”

With that intensity, Amity will look to build upon that strong finish for Friday’s WVL-game versus Sheridan (4-7, 1-0 WVL) in preparation for Dayton (10-1, 0-0 WVL) here on Monday at Dayton.

“I think we need to put a lot of pressure on them and a lot of help defense because they got a quick point guard, so that’s where the help defense comes in and play good defense and pass the ball a lot on offense and play as a team,” said Plummer of Sheridan.

Tip-off is at 6pm at home.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald




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