By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The West Salem defense was going to do their thing. It showed it again against Bend Saturday afternoon in keeping the Titans in the game while their offense tried to find a rhythm.
The Lava Bear defense was as tough as West Salem’s and had found a few clear shots to help build a 27-19 lead during the third quarter and were taking advantage of their foul shots into the third quarter.
Bend were coming off seeing their 11-game winning streak end by South Salem on Thursday in Bend and were imposing and executing their game-plan against the Titans. West Salem entered Saturday afternoon’s game riding an 11-game winning streak
“We weren’t playing our game, regardless of score we let them run their game plan against us and we weren’t doing our game plan. So that’s really what was tough,” said West Salem Head Coach Katie Singleton. “But they just kept hustling and kept playing through the adversity in the game.”
The Titans dug deep however and began chipping away at the 11-point deficit in front of them, freshman Mya Adams hit a crucial three-pointer with a shade below five minutes to play to pull West Salem to within two of Bend.
The Lava Bears answered, only to see Paige Alexander drive the length of the court to lay the ball in with a minute left to pull the Titans back to four at 42-38, showing that they weren’t going away so quickly.
With the Saxons Tuesday back on home court, they know they need to get back into the mindset and put this 47-40 defeat behind them with South Salem coming their way.
“It was definitely good that and made it a pretty close game because we finally showed our game,” said Lizzy Bennett. “South is going to be a tough team, we can match up against them. We just got to get back into our heads and practice what we’re going to work on, focusing on what we need to work on and in the game hopefully we can show that.”
Bennett finished with 10 points, Olivia Rudolph finished with a team-high 12 points and Alexander finished with nine. Bend’s Kaycee Brown and Caitlin Wheeler each had 15 points as the Lava Bears travel to play Mountain View Tuesday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald