SALEM, Ore.–Ana Coronado’s defense certainly cause headaches for the Amity offense during the first-half of Blanchet’s game against the Lady Warriors Monday afternoon in the Yoda MLK High School Showcase.
On paper, the Lady Cavaliers and Amity matched up quite evenly, Coronado and Bailey Hittner for Blanchet and Keeley Graham and Morgan Croxford for the Lady Warriors.
Coronado’s defense helped create turnovers and limited Amity’s offense from getting into any sort of groove as they built a 28-16 halftime lead that was capped by a three-pointer by Bailey Hittner right as the buzzer rang.
“With us setting that pace helped us towards the fourth quarter, we were slowing doen a little bit probably because we were tired,” said Coronado, who also contributed 17 points offensively as well. “I feel like without that start, it would have been a little different ball game, probably would be closer.”34
“She’s a good player,” said Amity’s Morgan Croxford on Coronado’s overall play. “It was hard to stop her, I think we would have had a chance.”
Croxford and Graham however helped keep the Warriors in striking distance entering the third quarter despite the struggles with turnovers and working around the Lady Cavs defense with Croxford’s rebounding and Graham, along with her other guards in Allyssa Plummer and Hannah Hatch constant pressure on the perimeter.
“We tried our hardest to get back into it, but there wasn’t anything we could do,” said Croxford as the senior scored five points as her team entered the second half down 12.
Amity’s struggles continued however in the second half as they struggled to land shots as Blanchet turned it into a 9-0 run to start the third quarter as the Warriors were shutout until the fourth quarter.
“We had quite a few turnovers and I think that’s what killed us and we didn’t quite run through the offense and team basketball,” said Amity’s Allyssa Plummer on the overall team struggles in the game as . “‘Just work on what we did wrong in this game in practice and just work harder on those things that we did wrong.”
Plummer had eight points in the 47-29 defeat. Kaia Rosenbaum had six for Amity as did Graham.
For Blanchet, who saw Trinity Phipps and Hailey Ostby both score eight and Hittner and Lauren Elmore add seven each to Coronado’s 17, this game serves, as it also does for Amity, as a learning tool as both go back to their respective conferences and conference-play as it’s expected both of these teams will be fighting for a spot in Coos Bay here in a few weeks.
“It’s good for us because once we get into postseason and we don’t play good like we should, it’ll be a different game,” said Coronado. “So we have to stay strong through the whole game and it’s good to work on now because we don’t want to be shocked in the postseason.”
The Lady Cavaliers host Chemawa at home Tuesday evening while Amity is hosting Taft Tuesday evening, both games are at 6pm.