By Jeremy McDonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– Every team needs a game like the one Perrydale had against Days Creek to see how they can improve, and certainly for the Pirates they needed a game like this after outscoring their opponents 161-69 in their last three games.
Yeah they wanted revenge on the Wolves last year it showed with the three-ball and their defense as they held a 25-17 lead on Days Creek as the first half was drawing to an end Friday.
“It was really good because last year we lost to them and we really wanted to beat them. I think we just got so excited to play that we just came out really strong and I think we did really well in the first half and into the second half,” said Amity Deters, who had seven points in the game.
Of their seven three-pointers, Sydney Lawrence had three of them as the junior had 11 first half points.
They had a ten-point lead entering halftime and led 34-20 heading into the fourth quarter, but there was a feeling that it could have been more than a 14-point game while it too felt like if the Wovles caught fire at the right moment it could mean bad news.
The Lady Pirates were hurrying through their offense that resulted in bad shots and shots not falling as often as they would like, their up-tempo yielded probably more fouls then they wanted but their defense held strong with 16 second half points given up. And with Dufur coming to town Saturday at noon and going to C.S. Lewis Academy Monday night, it’s a good opportunity to see how they can improve moving forward.
“It’s was a lot better because yeah we’ve had a few slower games that we recently played. But having one that was more competitive and a lot better, getting to see something that we might see more off like soon,” said Sydney Lawrence, who had 19 points in the 46-33 win Friday.
“Against a bigger, stronger team we’ll just need to do better blocking out. We need to get some of those rebounds because obviously we’re not the biggest team in our league or anything, so definitely block out and practice our free throws.”
The Wolves got it to 37-27 with three to go and were pressing hoping for a last second run, Days Creek took advantage of a missed front-end of a one-for-one but couldn’t convert offensively.
Perrydale missed another front-end of a one-and-one but got the ball back off a scramble. Free Throws down the stretch was an issue with them going 5-for-14 in the final three minutes of the game, but the Pirates defense continued to clamp down with them creating turnovers and getting stops to help seal the win.
“They helped us because we can learn from this experience and when they start playing mind-games, we can learn not to get sped up and just get into our offense and not dribble it off our foot,” said Deters. “We’re a really tight-knit team because we’ve been playing with each other for a while, so if something goes wrong we can encourage each other. We don’t get down on each other and we do our best to do our best and not get mad at any other players.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald