Amity Wins Home Opener

By Jeremy McDonald

AMITY, Ore.–  Going through their first seven games without a home game is tough.

Long road trips are common yes, Amity’s done that with La Pine and Toledo for two games.  They’ve even traveled to Oregon Episcopal and along Highway 30 to play Clatskanie and Rainier.

But on December 28, nearly a month after their first game of the year at La Pine, Amity had their first home game of the season.  Eight games into the season.

“It’s nice, I was kind of nervous.  Everyone was kind of nervous, you can feel it but it was really nice not having to travel and playing with the home crowd, it was kind of nice,” said Josh Wart.

The Warriors jumped out to a 13-2 lead on Warrenton, but the coastal Warriors slowed the pace down and did claw back into the contest by the third quarter.  Entering the final two minutes of the third stanza, Amity led 32-29 over Warrenton as the home Warriors pace was slowed down dramatically.

Amity outscored Warrenton 30-13 in the fourth quarter in their 67-42 win Saturday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“I knew they wanted to play a slower game because we were faster than us, so we just had to pick up the pace.  We couldn’t play their game. We had to play our game, and in the fourth quarter we started to press and they couldn’t stop it,” said Kennan Graham.

Amity ended the third quarter on a 5-0 run to push their lead to 37-29, but with their press and Wart’s 12 fourth-quarter points, the Warriors pulled away from their coastal opposition thanks to a 30-13 fourth quarter run.

“We started to picking it up in the second half and we went from there,” said Wart, who finished with 20 points in the win.  “That was huge, that was probably the pick-up of the game.  If we didn’t have that third quarter kind of boost I don’t know, it was close in the first half.”

Isaac Watcherson also added 20 points for Amity, Logan Grove contributed ten and Graham added eight for the Warriors.

Amity will be back on the road Thursday at the Salem Academy Tournament when they open up against Nyssa at 4:30pm at Salem Academy.

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