By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Its been 12 days since Gervais had played in a game, and the rust showed through the first two quarters and chance against Amity in their 56-38 Thursday afternoon at Salem Academy.
At one point early in the third quarter the hot hand of the Warriors, who entered their game with the Cougars winners three of their last four games, had the physical, undefeated Gervais team within three points 24-21 before the Cougs came to life.
“They came out strong, they came out pushing the ball. We knew that they were scrappy, we knew that so we had to play our best defense and just go straight up because they’ll draw every foul,” said the Warriors Jenna Lopez. “As long as we’re hitting our shots our momentum gets going, but if we don’t then it’s hard. Whoever we play next, we need to rebound. We have to get up and go, we just have to hustle no matter what. Keep our heads up which is the hardest for us.”
Slowly Gervais began pulling away, pushing their lead to 31-22 midway through the third quarter in their 56-38 win over Amity. The Cougars outscored the Warriors 32-17 since that three-point spread as they await the winner of Cascade Christian and North Marion at 11:30am.
“That was not us, we weren’t playing as a team…so we knew going into the locker room that we had to play as a team, play together as we usually do,” said Celi Vasquez of the slow start. “We got to work harder than we did first half. So when we came out the third quarter, we have have to come out like the whole game tomorrow. We got to prepare ourselves, get some sleep, get some rest and do what we got to do and work as a team.”
Vasquez and Katie Hansen each had 13 points in the win. Bella Vasquez and Izzy Boyd contributed eight for Gervais.
Cydney Stables had a team-high nine points and Courtney Kendall added another seven for Amity who plays at 1:30 against the loser of the Challengers and Huskies in the Blanchet Catholic Auxiliary Gym.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald