By Jeremy McDonald
DRAIN, Ore.—North Douglas’ trap defense presented problems for Gervais in the Cougars 48-30 win over the Warriors in the two squad’s non-league match-up Thursday night at North Douglas High School.
The Warriors trap defense had forced the Cougars offense into turnovers and had built a brief 6-2 lead before Gervais shook off the two-hour bus ride and wheeled of a 29-3 run in their 48-30 win, handing North Douglas just their second loss of the season.
“We did pretty well for the two-hour bus ride. It was fast-paced, I didn’t expect it to be that fast-paced,” said Gervais’ Bella Vasquez. “But we reacted really well and played very good the first half. I think we did pretty good in setting that tone, we came out strong and ready to play.
“We were a little lagged from the drive out here, but we still came out strong.”
Vasquez led Gervais with 14 points and Nicki Derrick and Sofia Alcantar each had eight for North Douglas in the game.
The Warriors made a little bit of a run during the third quarter, taking advantage of the Cougar minor mistakes with turnovers and fouls by getting the game to 36-17, but couldn’t do any further damage against the Gervais defense who permitted just their seventh 30-point game in 18-games this season with the second half of Tri-River Conference play coming up Tuesday in Mill City.
Being able to come out and perform on a long-road trip could help the Cougs come playoff time as they look to achieve their goal of getting to Pendleton this season.
“I think it’ll get us use to the long drive and everything and be ready to play,” said Vasquez.
North Douglas returns to Skyline League play Saturday with Days Creek.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald