By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– A slow start plagued North Marion in their 66-36 win over Molalla Friday night.
The Huskies defense held the Indians to 15 points the first 10:30 of the game, but until a Mya Hammack-to-Raymee Boese connection, it was a neck-to-neck game that was 16-15 North Marion after Boese’s basket.
“I definitely thought we were tired, which made it slower. But it was definitely slow, we just had to pick up the energy and keep going,” said Paige Martin leading into Boese’s basket. “When she finally made that shot, we kind of got into our rhythm and started to play how we play.”.
Martin and Boese brought most of the attention from Molalla’s defense to account for Martin’s six-one and Boese’s six-two frames. But after a while, it began to open up the perimeter game for Mar Verastegui, Hammack and Katie Ensign to hit more open shots.
“It was good because once we passed it inside they all collapsed and it really gave us a chance to our shooters to really do their job,” said Ensign.
The Huskie defense got a stop the resulted in Ensign draining a three with 5:30 left until the halftime break that opened up a 19-15 lead.
By halftime it was 29-17 and it was 42-20 by three minutes into the third quarter that stemmed by their strong defense that led into their transition offense to help start the 28-5 run. After giving up 12 first quarter points, the North Marion defense gave up seven points in the second and five in the third to help shutdown the Molalla offense.
“We definitely picked up our defense since the first quarter, we all had to step it up if we wanted to go play to our potential,” said Ensign, who finished with 19 points.
With a week off until they travel over to play Madras in what could decide the Tri-River Conference title with the White Buffaloes a game behind the Huskies for first-place, North Marion knows it’s going to start in practice to sharpen up the controllable before going over the hill for next Thursday’s game.
“We just have to practice hard and go in there like we know how to play. We’re definitely not going to have it easy, its definitely a long drive and we’re not going to get calls our way but I think just practice will get us there,” said Martin, who had 13 points in the game.
Madeline Lisac had a team-high 12 points for Molalla and Samara Nacoste added another eight for the Indians.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald