By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.- The first half wasn’t the best, but hey, it was enough entering halftime with Scio ahead 28-27 in front of Taft.
They just had to relax and open things up as they eventually did in the second half of their 55-40 win over the Tigers, the Loggers fifth win of this young season.
“(Head Coach Jesse Gerig-Heyerty) told us to open things up, let us play through our guards…Garrett (Workinger), open things and space the court,” said Chayse Beachy. “Just focus on the fundamentals.”
Beachy had 11 points to Hunter Gray’s 13, but it wasn’t until Garrett was being Garrett in the third quarter where Scio differentiate themselves from Taft in the second half.
Workinger scored 11 of his 17 in the third quarter and those 11 were part of an 18-4 run that the Loggers utilized to start the second half to build an 46-31 lead following Tyler White’s 2-for-2 trip at the Free throw line.
“It’s good to show that we can keep fighting,” said Workinger. “We had a slow first half and it just shows us the personalities that we have that we’re not going to give up and keep pushing,”
Anthony Harper answered the Tigers basket with a three-pointer that made it 49-33 entering the closing minutes of the game as they led roughly by that 15-,16-point margin by buzzer’s end.
A win against Gaston Saturday night at 5pm would match the Loggers win total of six from last season before they open the Crusader Classic Tournament against 2A power Columbia Christian on Thursday looking to build off of a strong start to the season already.
“Yeah it’s really nice to have all the kids that we have, we haven’t had that in the past but it’s nice,” said Workinger.
Jordan Hall scored a game-high 23 points, 16 in the first half, for Taft Friday night. The Scio girls play Gaston at 11am at Scio High School.