By Jeremy McDonald
WILLAMINA, Ore.– There were no time for Willamina Girls basketball to enjoy their stunning, closing moments win over number-one Clatskanie from Tuesday night entering Wednesday’s game with Taft.
It went from celebration for the evening into refocusing up against a Tigers team entering the Coastal Range League contest 8-6, but could easily be 11-3 themselves behind on the other end of three one-point losses.
The Bulldogs came out hot however, leading 22-4 with 3:50 until the halftime break in their 52-28 win. Taft’s Addie Gates lay-in at the 3:50 mark was the first points of the quarter as Willamina’s defense had collapsed the hoop and made easy shots at a premium for their opposition.
“It was…trying to not overlook it and get too excited about yesterday win because it’s over and we had to focus on what’s ahead,” said Kaya McLean.
McLean scored 12 points in the game while Bailey Scranton had a team-high 13 points in the win. Gates lay-in however had spark a brief 8-0 run by the Tigers that pulled Taft to 22-12 of the Bulldogs and had cut Willamina’s lead to as small as 26-17 the first minute of the third quarter.
For a moment, it seemed as if the fatigue from the grueling game the night before and the game currently was taking a toll on them with 15 minutes remaining in the game up nine.
“It was rough, especially with a young with Varsity minutes and everything. Coming off a game like that playing the number one team in the State, we were all kind of tired today but we tried to keep it up,” said Piper Shrabel of the back-to-back. “We did pretty good.”
By quarters end though, they pulled away from the Tigers thanks in part to a 15-0 run leading 41-17 en route to their ninth-straight win as they enter nearly a week off before their game with Warrenton on the road to heal up and prepare.
“It’ll be nice to rest, I look forward playing them but we all need rest,” smiled McLean.
“We definitely need to rest, especially after those two games myself included,” adds Shrabel, who finished with six points for Willamina. “We always need time to recover, our bodies need to heal so it’ll be good to go into next week nice and refreshed.”
Lily Hatton finished with six points with two three-pointers, Delayne O’Daniels added five for the Tigers.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald