By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Alexus Franklin was on a mission as the fourth-quarter started Wednesday evening against Amity.
One of two Seniors on the roster, Franklin stepped up as a leader of the squad in the back-and-forth game that ultimately went in the favor of the Warriors 40-38, scoring the first seven Logger points to start the frame. Including a three-ball that had tied the game up at 32 midway through the fourth-quarter.
“It’s part of being a team captain and a leader definitely,” said Franklin with a smile of the stretch. “I enjoy the struggle and the push.”
The game was kind of like that. A struggle and a push. A give and a take. The zone defense by Scio gave the Loggers an opportunity to rally back from a second quarter, ten-point deficit. But it gave Amity a loophole, an invitational, to shoot the three-ball with Scio collapsing on anyone driving to the basket.
For the Warriors, they hit on seven three-pointers with four coming in the second quarter, finding ways to work around the defense dealt for them in their season opener. Working through the challenge, staying afloat in the process coming down the homestretch of the game.
“I think it took us a while to realize that this was going to be a game, but we pulled through and we played and finished,” said Ellie McMullen. “It was a great start to our season. I’m glad that we got to play that one out.”
McMullen had four of the three-pointers made, Cydney Stables owned the other three as McMullen and Audrey Clark put Amity back in-front 36-32.
Kylee Baumgartner and Franklin pulled the Loggers back even. The Logger Duo accounted for 32 of Scio’s points, 18 for the freshman in Baumgartner and Franklin 14, going toe-to-toe with the Stables-McMullen Combination.
“This was definitely refreshing for my team, especially with how young we are. We only have two Seniors and one Junior so we’re super young, it was really great to see them to actually come together,” Franklin said. “I think our win against Dayton on Monday was a great help for this game because it showed what we really can do.”
Cutting down on the turnovers, pointed out Franklin, will help them with Harrisburg, Yamhill-Carlton and Gervais coming up. The latter two were playoff teams in 3A and 2A last season.
McMullen split a pair of free throws with 1:05 left in the game. Baumgartner hit a pair moments later to hand Scio a 38-37 lead with 55.5 left. The Loggers got a defensive stop, but handed it back to Amity who couldn’t connect on a pair as Scio forced another turnover.
The Loggers little hiccups would cost them however as McMullen hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 24.5 seconds left in the game. The Warriors defense held strong to keep the two-point lead in-tact to the final whistle in the 40-38 victory.
“It took some pressure off,” McMullen said of the three. “Honestly I don’t even remember really what was going through my head or anything, it just kind of happened.”
McMullen finished the game with 17 points, Stables also finished with 17 points in the win. Amity will host Western Christian Friday at 5:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald