By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– The third quarter of the Corvallis-North Marion girls basketball game Tuesday night helped separate the Spartans and the Huskies. Setting the pace in Corvallis’ 47-39 win over North Marion after the Huskies late push for the lead at the end of the first half.
Throughout the game, the Spartans pushed an up-tempo approach and pressured North Marion in slowing down their three-point shooters and out-rebounding. By halftime, the Huskies were up 27-26 yes, but Corvallis’ up-tempo push had the Spartans leading 35-27 by the start of the fourth quarter and maintained that pace into the fourth quarter.
“That what it shows, that conditioning. We were the more conditioned team and it paid off,” said Corvallis’ Daniela Dursch-Smith. “We’ve been doing a lot of running, conditioning so it really paid off because we were the better conditioned team and that showed off in the fourth quarter. We didn’t give up.”
For North Marion, they found themselves down at one point 14-6 before using an 7-3 run to get back into the contest. A Spartans Elka Prechel three snapped the 7-0 run before Katie Ensign answered to make it 17-15.
Ensign had 12 points, Mya Hammack had 11 points for the Huskies while Prechel added 12 for Corvallis.
Dursch-Smith, who scored 10 points herself in the win, said they were too quiet during the first half before picking up in the second half.
“We started off a little bit too quiet,” said Dursch-Smity. “In the second half, we turned it on. We showed our talking, we need to come out strong talking, we were quiet the first half.
The Huskies had a short bench, having only seven girls record a minute in the game in the statbook, but after Ensign’s lay-in to cut the deficit to two North Marion scored 12 of the next 23 points to take the lead by halftime.
“I thought we gave good effort, especially the first half. We gave effort all-game, you can’t have these stretches where you give up three-, four offensive rebounds-in-a-row because one they’re either going to score or you’re going to foul them,” said Huskie Head Coach Trevor Bodine. “Every time we did that, that happened. We fouled them or they got a put back.”
Bodine pointed out that little spurts in the game Tuesday, minute or two spurts against them, killed them. Either fouls, rebounds, turnovers little moments that had set up Corvallis to score to grow separation during the game.
“We just got to focus on the details. We just had a couple of girls who were nervous tonight, they weren’t mentally ready and they just took themselves out of it. Those are the things we need to fix,” said Bodine.
The Huskies, who travel to Stayton Thursday, cut the deficit to 40-35 following Carter Crawford’s 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Corvallis used three free throws from Sevennah Van De Riet in the 3:52, a Dursch-Smith shot and Sidney William split to help ice the win.
The Sparts host Roseburg Friday night as Corvallis hit six three-pointers. Prechel and Ava Prechel each had two.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald