Gervais Starts Season Strongly 62-27

By Jeremy McDonald

GERVAIS, Ore.–  It seemed as if they’re just picking up where they left off in 2020 from their 23-6, Pendleton-trip season that was last season.

Defense held strong.  Holding Culver to 27 points.  Offensively, scoring 62.  Their highest since the two teams met January 21, 2020 when the Cougars won that match-up 65-16 as Gervais won their season opener Tuesday 62-27.

“It was great.  We’ve been waiting ever since the season didn’t start at the regular time it does, we’ve been really excited to come out and play together.  Show people what we have,” said Celi Vasquez, who finished with ten points.  “In practice, we’re always working really hard to get where we’re trying to get to.”

“Yesterday, we had an off-practice and then today, doing this, it felt amazing.  The team work flowed, it felt like our team,” adds Lilly Welburn. 

Welburn scored eight of her 16 points in the first quarter.  Vasquez hit two of the Cougs three three-pointers, Katie Hanson’s defense helped guide the Senior-heavy squad as they embraced the last journey together.

Gervais starts the season with a 62-27 win over Culver, coming off a 23-6 season in 2020 (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“Now that most of us are Seniors, we’ve probably been playing what felt like ages.  It’s our goal to win, win, win and work as hard as we can because you never know what’s going to happen with Covid so we just have to keep working hard no matter what,” Welburn said.

The youth in Boyd sisters of Olivia and Izzy and Josie Schultz contributed offensively and defensively.  Preparing for a battle on Friday against Country Christian before hopping right into a three-game slate next week with Sheridan, Santiam and Scio.

The latter two on the road as they look to build off of their first game success’ while working on the finer details in the meantime.

Arianna Reyes led the Bulldogs with nine points while Izzy Boyd added another 13 for Gervais.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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