By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.—Hard to imagine that down 9-2 after the first quarter Scio had that it would be a much of a game against Dayton in the Pirates PacWest Conference 46-32 win Wednesday night.
The Loggers had rallied the troops in the second quarter, taking a 16-13 lead with 57 seconds remaining in the half following Alexus Franklin’s shot on a 14-4 run. Scio also answered a Dayton 13-5 run with another push, getting the then 26-21 deficit down to 29-26 on the heels of a Kirsty Pollard lay-in during the third quarter as the Loggers were looking to continue their season beyond Wednesday night.
Scio’s five-wins has been the most they’ve had since their eight-win season in 2017 and has matched the win-total of the last two seasons combined as the Loggers made their return to the league playoffs since that 2017 season.
“That was definitely an amazing moment for us. We’ve worked really hard this season for that moment, we kind of lost it. The fouls got out of hand and that took it down a notch,” said Franklin. “But that was a big stride for us, just that three-point lead.
“It’s a huge thing for us to win that many (games) and make it to where we’re at instead of not having a chance in playoffs. It’s just the start of our growth.”
For Dayton, it’s weird to see the program who two years ago won the 3A State Championship win five-going on-six wins this season entering Saturday’s trilogy match-up with Amity. But after letting Scio back into the game twice, the Pirates settled down for the remainder of the game after the Loggers latest run.
With a young nucleus on the heels of graduating some big names through the last two years with no Seniors on the roster this year to speak of, the Pirates rode the waves with Scio’s runs and rallies in the first half and in the third quarter. Eventually turning turnovers into points at the line.
Of their 28 second half points, 16 of them came way from the charity stripe. Going 16-for-23 at the line as they go battle for third-place in the PacWest Saturday at Central High School at 3pm.
“We worked all season…the little things, and we pulled it off. We trusted what we knew and we showed it on the court,” starts Maddie Fluke. “We worked together as a team and I’m really proud of us because we trusted each other and that goes a long way. So I’m really proud of us working together and being a family really helps too.”
Fluke finished with eight points for the Pirates, freshman Taylor Wilson also finished with eight points in the win.
Franklin finished with a game-high 13 points, Kaitlyn Kuzma finished with seven as the Loggers finish 5-19 overall and 3-7 in league play.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald