By Jeremy McDonald
YAMHILL, Ore.– With Keeley Graham and Hannah Hatch out from Wednesday’s games, Amity needed someone to step up big against a future league foe in Yamhill-Carlton, and as they started the second half versus the Lady Tigers Allyssa Plummer stepped up as the aggressor for the Warriors and everyone followed suit.
Bandaged up from a few bruises, the Warrior Junior drove to the hoop offensively against the press that Yamhill-Carlton was trying to throw their way as the Tigers built a five-point lead late in the game.
“It was actually good work for us, it showed us what we can do ourselves and with Keeley and Hannah, it’s going to be a lot easier too because we got the ball handlers,” said Plummer on seeing YC’s press Wednesday night. “Use this as a good game to push us harder because it was an intense game and it was a good game. So, use it as a guide to be pumped for the other games.”
The Warriors were getting used to the tight surroundings of the gym as Courtney Kendall cut it to a three-point ball game with 1:51 left in the game before Maylin Williams poked the ball loose and turned the steal into an easy lay-in to get them to within one, 32-31 with 1:31 left in the game.
Amity’s defense held as the Tigers tried to feed their work-horse in Sadie Horne in the post and got the ball back but couldn’t take the lead as Horne eventually iced the 33-31 win by going one-for -2 at the line in the closing seconds to ice the win.
And as they closed out another night in the summer basketball season, the Lady Warriors got a taste of what is to come when the new look PacWest Conference starts with the press of Yamhill-Carlton and find a way to slow down Horne as the Junior entering her Senior year helped the Lady Tigers go 13-12 in their final year in 4A.
“We just got to keep our hands up when they pass it under or trying to stop the ball from going to her to get to the basket. But stay on your feet and keep your hands up,” said Plummer on Horne and game-planning for her in the winter.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald