By Jeremy McDonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– Their defense is something else.
Pressuring teams into making mistakes and capitalizing on them offensively. Some say that’s the best way to do it.
The Lady Pirates of Perrydale have been using that as their niche this season to jump out to a 15-4 and 10-0 Casco League record entering their game against Jewell Tuesday evening at home.
“It’s really tiring because we’re all over the place, but I feel like that’s a really good offense for us because we’re all really fast and we can get the ball really easily and we run it really well,” said Amity Deters on the defense with a smile and a laugh.
Early on, the pressure got to the Lady Blue Jays, but Deters, the Lawerence twins and company couldn’t capitalize on it during the first part of the first quarter with the score tied at 2-2.
But, behind Sydney Lawerence, who scored 11 of the first 15 points for Perrydale, the Lady Pirates led 8-2 after one and increased that lead further to 18 by halftime up 24-6.
“It felt like it was really re-assuring because we were working so hard so after scoring some points, we’re doing good now, I felt like I was doing good,” said Lawernece on the offense finally clicking.
Perrydale’s mojo continued to roll in the third quarter as they maintained that near-twenty point lead entering the fourth quarter lead 32-13 en route to their 10th straight win and 16th on the season.
With a firm grip on the Casco League-lead, leading by three-games over Jewell and completing the season sweep over the Blue Jays, the Pirates are three-games away from completing the perfect league season with two tough non-league games left versus Damascus Christian (16-5) and Alsea (12-4) before entering league playoffs and the postseason.
With the goal of reaching Baker for the first time since the 2012-2013 season when the squad finished sixth in 1A, they know they still have a long way to go to improve for that goal.
“We just got to keep coming out strong in all of our games and to keep getting better because our league hasn’t been really hard for us so we just got to keep getting better with our non-league games so we can hopefully get to Baker,” said Deter.
“I think we need to improve maybe on some other defenses or something…maybe not improve on others but the one’s we have right now and just keep pushing with what we have,” adds Lawerence.
Perrydale host C.S. Lewis Academy (1-14, 0-9 Casco League) Friday at 5:30pm.
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