By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Gervais knew how talented Chemawa’s Angel Jackson was entering their Tri-River Conference league opener Monday night.
Jackson had already produced a 37-, and a 31-point game this season for the Braves, but was held to 12 points in the Cougars 66-28 win on the road.
“I felt like it was easily difficult to focus on her especially, she’s a quick little guard and a good ball-handler, she’s a tough player that we had to really focus on and make sure we guarded her while we guarded everyone else,” said Gervais’ Katie Hansen on slowing down Jackson.
Jackson was held to two first half points in a game in which it took Gervais a few minutes into the game to get use to the unique court that Chemawa has that always throws opposing players off their game, leading 8-3 early before taking off for a 27-8 halftime lead.
The Braves, who started the season 2-2, have hit a rough patch in their season losing their last three entering Wednesday’s 2019 calendar-year finale at Sheridan. Chemawa knew the task at hand was tough Monday with Gervais, but hope to build some momentum for 2020 before the school dismisses for their two-week Christmas break.
“I thought we’ll be able to move around the defense,” starts Jackson. “We learned a lot from this game because (Gervais) is a really good defensive team, so hopefully next game we can do better,”
Ronticis Martinez scored six points and Tiana Bennett contributed six more for the Braves in the game.
Bella Vasquez led the Cougar offense with 18 points, Celi Vasquez scored eight and Hansen scored seven. Lalani Elizando scored eight off the bench for a Gervais squad fully aware of the heavy game schedule this week with Santaim Wednesday and the 2A Preview Friday and Saturday in Pendleton.
“We just got to keep our whole energy because we have heavy games schedule this week, we got to be able to make sure we get our sleep so we got our energy up,” said Hansen. “Just keep shooting and make sure our shots keep falling because they started off a little rough, but they came eventually.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald