By Jeremy McDonald
So, this is the first week of me doing predictions. I’ll try to do a girls game and a guys game with a score every Thursday/Friday night of certain games at classifications.
Here’s Week 1’s:
BOLD PREDICTION Boys: Sprague over #2 South Salem 65-62. I like Sprague’s height versus the Saxons shooters. Skinny will get his points in some fashion, as will Mason Lomax. But I like the Olys height to slow South Salem’s other shooters to keep it close overall. Could quite possible be an OT game too.
Girls: West Salem over McNary 52-45. The height of the Titans with their press threw McKay off late Tuesday and could keep McNary at bay depending how the young Celtic group answers the bell for the whole 32 minute warfare.
Boys Silverton over Corvallis 78-60. The Foxes are 12-1 to start the season and though the Spartans have a strong league record behind a game behind Silverton’s 5-0 with their 4-1, Silverton are on another hot start and doesn’t look like it’ll be cooling off for a while.
Girls: Central over Lebanon 48-45 OT. The Panthers let North Salem back into the game Tuesday night after leading 20-5 after one quarter at North, they won’t let it happen again against a tough Lebanon team. It’ll be close, but Central will pull it off.
Boys #6 Stayton over #7 Sweet Home 65-48. The Eagles already vanquished another Top 10 opponent in Philomath last Friday before rolling over Newport Tuesday, and with the Huskies cooling off after their 11-1 start to the season Stayton pulls away in the second half for the win.
SLEEPER PICK Girls: Woodburn over Sisters 42-37. The Bulldogs sit 3-9 in their first season in 4A, but have been in five close games this season of 10-points or less (2-3 in those games) when Sisters come over Friday. The Outlaws will be on a back-to-back after playing Cascade Thursday, I expect this to be close with Woodburn edging Sisters.
Girls: Yamhill-Carlton over Salem Academy 50-42. Sadie Horne is a force to keep an eye on and has potential to go off for 30 points. The Crusaders have to use their athleticism and basketball IQ in the post with Grace Brown and Chole Baker to slow Horne’s physical presence. Kirsten Koenhke will keep the Lady Crusaders afloat until late.
Boys: Dayton over Blanchet 74-62. The Cavaliers have slowly figured out their way, winning four of their last six games that included a monster win over then #2 Stayton 63-60. Blanchet will keep it close at first, but Lukas Findley and company will get a run that could swing momentum in favor of the Pirates.
Girls: Gervais over Western Christian 44-40. After winning a thriller in Mill City Monday and losing a heartbreaker two days later to Colton, the Cougars bounce back with a win Friday on the road.
Boys: Kennedy over Chemawa 70-56. The Braves are back in action for the first time since New Years as they came back to school this week in Salem sitting 4-6 and nearly defeated Sheridan at their place before Winter Break. Chemawa keeps it close, but fatigue from their first game back will get to them over the Trojans.
Boys: St. Paul Stuns Crosshill Christian 67-60. Crosshill Christian have only lost twice this year, to Perrydale and East Linn Christian while the Buckaroos (5-1 in league) lone loss came to the Pirates from just North of Dallas. The Bucks are looking for their 10th win of the season, a feat that would be only done once other time last year over the past five years.
Girls: Perrydale over Willamette Valley Christian 46-43. The Lady Pirates (6-1 in league) are a half-game ahead of the Warriors (5-1 in league) in the league standings. Willamette Valley Christian will present a challenge for the Lady Pirates, but Perrydale eeks away on either free throws or a last second shot.