By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.—Entering the second half of the Silverton girl’s basketball team’s 51-30 victory over Lebanon Tuesday night, it was as close as you would expect between two of the top teams in 5A.
Physical play, scrapping for loose balls and rebounds. Offense were hitting their shots in the second quarter where 37 combined points were scored after a first quarter that saw the Foxes leading the Warriors 12-5.
Lebanon came out physical against Silverton, pressing and getting into the Foxes faces that paid off for a 7-0 run to start the second quarter that had tied the game at 12-apiece. Silverton’s Man Offense, once they settled in with the pace of the game with the backdoor cuts and post play, had allowed the Foxes to build a 31-23 lead entering the halftime break.
“Honestly I like our man offense because we get a lot of cuts, open three’s but I really like our man offense because it gives open post moves and open post drives. That’s what I really enjoy,” said Truitt Reilly.
Reilly, part of the dynamic duo in the post with Riley Traeger, scored 14 of her 18 points in the second and third quarters to help set the pace for the Foxes offense. Traeger finished with 11 points and a three-pointer.
Outside of five first half three-pointers, three from Mary Workman who finished with 12 points and four of Lebanon’s six three’s in the game, Silverton’s defense held the Warriors to seven second-half points.
The defense, which started with five-seven Wing Ellie Schmitz back in the first quarter, described the second half as them focusing back in following them surrendering 18 second quarter points knowing that their February 14 match-up in Lebanon will be even tougher than the one Tuesday night.
“We just had to focus in, give in…use our legs, lower half is everything. Use your lower half, be like a unit and move together. I think we responded well,” said Schmitz. “I think it’ll be tough coming back to their house in February, it’ll be a hard battle but I think we’ll be ready for it. It’s going to be fun.”
Schmitz finished with 10 points for the Foxes, Silverton will be at Dallas Friday night. Ellie Croco too finished with ten points for the Warriors behind two three-pointers for Lebanon. The Warriors travel to South Albany for their third-straight road game in a week-and-a-half.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald