By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– Summer Basketball allows for a lot of fun and laid back games yes, but it also allows teams to test out real-life situational things.
South Salem is taking full opportunity of Hilary James’ time-off and healing up for the Winter from a lingering ankle injury to see how the Lady Saxons squad responds without their star guard on the court through the second week of the Summer Basketball season.
And with them missing five of their Top 8 girls, Saturday’s triple-header of games at Silverton gives South Salem Head Coach Adrian Lewis an opportunity to see who’s ‘Varsity-ready’ from his undefeated JV squad entering the Winter.
“I think it’s great, we’re down three starters right now. Of our Top 8 girls, we’re missing five of them,” said Lewis. “And my JV crew went undefeated last season, so I get to see who’s going to be ready next year because I have a limited amount of spots with my Varsity team.”
With Halley Barram, Lexie Dalton, Jacquie Wadsworth playing up to the Varsity squad this summer with Varsity returners like Zoe Fry and Victoria Stafford Saturday, the Saxons defeated host-Silverton in their opener.
Lewis mentioned how Barram, Dalton and Wadsworth are on the cusp of being Varsity-players on a squad returning all but one from their 2019 Mountain Valley Conference-winning squad. The lone athlete was Madelynn Hoffman, the lone senior on the roster who recently graduated.
South Salem, who will be looking to do their run-and-gun approach once more this Winter, turned a single-digit halftime lead against in their second game into a 40-14 lead during the second half en-route to their second win of the day.
And with Summer Ball being more laid back than an average season, Lewis is pleased with how everything is progressing as they were able to plug-in where they need too and enter their second-year of Lewis’ game-plan for them.
“All of our games in Summer Ball…first ten minutes it’s a close game and then our pace picks up and we get into our groove,” starts Lewis. “We look very good, I like the pace we’re playing at. Especially the last few weeks, I think we’re playing at a high pace that we want to go with.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald