By Jeremy McDonald
MILL CITY, Ore.– Santaim jumped out strong on St. Paul Wednesday night, maybe fueled to redeemed their girls squad loss to the Lady Buckaroos prior to them or the desire to finish the first loop of the Tri-River League-play on a high note.
Almost mythoically, the Wolverines built a 29-6 lead entering the second quarter and led 38-12 lead by the halftime break.
“It’s a team effort, we’re getting into our groove,” said Jordan Lanham who scored 11 of his 22 points in the first half. “It takes some time to develop chemistry and team-work and we’re developing that at a rapid pace right now. So I’m looking forward to the rest of league. I’m looking forward to possibly winning out, being at State again, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Lanham scored his last 11 points in the third and Josh Facuett scored eight of his 13 points in the third quarter as Santiam scored 25 points in the third period. St. Paul’s Justin Herberger connected on three of the Bucks five three-pointers in the game as the St. Paul running back finished with a team-high nine points. Eric Diaz and Holden Smith had the other two trey’s in the game for the Buckaroos.
As St. Paul goes on the road to finish the first loop against East Linn Christian Academy, the Wolverines are off to Kennedy to take on Rocco Carley and the Trojans who are breathing down their necks and are sitting a game-behind them in the league standings at 3-2.
But for the defending 2A State Champions, they know what they need to do to stay on the right track as they hope to repeat in 2018.
“It’s going to take a lot of team effort, a lot of sacrifice,” said Lanham. “People are going to have to step into roles that they’ve never stepped into, but I think we’re capable of accomplishing that.”
Johan Downey had 17 points, Sam Horning had 10 points,Devon Whitmire, Jesse Sendlinger added seven as nine total Santiam players scored in the 78-28 victory Wednesday night.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald