St. Paul set the pace early versus Santiam by building a 22-8 lead entering the second quarter as the Lady Wolverines struggled to land a shot and the Lady Buckaroos took advantage of it entering the second frame of the Tri River League match-up Monday night.
“That’s our game, just running and to be aggressive and get us the ball and makes us wrap them down,” said Erin Counts on the first quarter, Counts finished with 21 points in the game.
Santiam kept close entering halftime down 38-25 as the Lady Wolverines traded blows with St. Paul there in the second quarter in hopes to make a run in the second half to keep their hopes of league playoffs alive entering their final game versus Kennedy Friday night.
“I think that’s what we do a lot, second-quarter, third-quarter, we’ll come really hard and that’s really good but we need to keep that going instead of fading out,” said Santiam’s Michelle Briley who had 14 points in the game.
But, the Wolverines did not have an answer for the Bucks intensity as they picked it up once again in the third quarter and pushed their 13-point lead to 24 entering the final eight minutes up 58-34 as they sailed to a 70-38 victory Monday night to improve to 9-2 in league as they finish up league Thursday versus East Linn Christian Academy.
Logan Robinson knew that coming off a bye-game to end the last week they needed to stay positive on top of it as they hope to use that extra day for the final push for the postseason.
“We came into it knowing that we just wanted to get after it and staying all positive because we had a weekend off so we wanted to start fresh and get after it,” said Robinson who had eight points. “I think when we kept our tempo going, we kept the energy high, that really helped us a lot with our running in the game.
“It was good. We had a couple of days where we talked about what we wanted to do, where we want to be and how we’re going to get there and now it’s actually really good for us because talking about it is one thing and seeing and doing it on the court and being positive with everything we do.”
The Lady Wolverines knew this was a hard pill to swallow knowing that Thursday will be their last game of the season after the loss to St. Paul when they take on Kennedy, but for the two seniors like Briley, there’s still hope to end the season strong for the underclassmen around them.
“It’s hard trying to play through all the different points to get that momentum back, but I think we need to come together a little more and just calm down and run through our plays and do what we do best,” said Briley. “Just going after them as hard as we can and just going in confident and playing well against them will put more confidence in the off-season. We just got to go out there and play confident.”
The Lady Wolverines’ McKenzie Dodge was the other Santiam baller who scored in double-figures with 11 points as the Wovlerines take on Kennedy at 5:30pm while the Lady Buckaroos play the Lady Eagels at 5:30pm at home.
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