Cougars Roar To Life Over Loggers

By Jeremy McDonald

SCIO, Ore.–  Scio’s zone defense had slowed Gervais’ offense down to nine points through the first ten minutes of the game, keeping the Loggers all much in the game down 9-2 in the early part of the game.  It was a blessing in disguise for Scio holding one of 2A’s best to less than ten points at this point.  With their second-juggernaut team this week having played Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday, it had presented the Loggers with an unique challenge to see where they were at as a unit five games into the season.

“At first we came out and we knew we could keep up with them.  We were short a few times, but we knew that we could keep up with them and that kept us going at the beginning of the game,” Scio Logger Tyra LaFeber said.  “We’ve played some good teams that we can keep up with and have been able to prove what we can do.  Teams are starting to notice.

“Last year it was a blow-out all the time, but we are now proving that we can keep up with all of these teams and that we can play basketball.”

Scio had entered the game 2-2 on the year.  LeFeber, Kylee Baumgartner and Alexus Franklin each scored four points in the game against Gervais, but it was one of those games in which one-team caught fire and the other couldn’t duplicate the same kind of success.

Gervais’ Katie Hanson (left) and Scio’s Alexus Franklin (right, 10) go after a loose ball in the Cougars 60-16 win over the Loggers Friday on the road (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

For the Cougars, still riding their high from 2020, slowly rounded into form despite the Loggers having them in check early on.  By halftime Gervais had pushed their lead to 27-6.  When the fourth quarter started, the Cougars led 46-14.

Their defense was clicking.  Offense was finally hitting shots as they triggered the running clock during the fourth quarter, defeating the Loggers 60-16.  Outscoring Scio 51-14 in the final 22 minutes of the game.

“The second (quarter) we just got into it, then we got to work and it just picked up from there.  It was a lot better than the first quarter,” Gervais’ Izzy Boyd smiled.   “I don’t know what happened (in that first quarter), maybe the bus ride, maybe we weren’t warmed up enough.  I don’t know, we weren’t into it yet.”

Boyd, who scored 14 points in the win, pointed towards these last five games helping them prepare for their challenge Monday against Kennedy.  Building the confidence entering the game.  For Gervais, they’ll be the first team to play the Trojans after their first loss against Clatskanie earlier this week as the two teams meet Monday.

Celi Vasquez and Olivia Boyd each contributed ten points for Gervais in the win Friday.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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