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.”
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