By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Stayton gave Cascade all they could handle Tuesday afternoon in Turner. Taking advantage of the Cougars laxed mental approach, keeping it close throughout the game. Using a 5-0 run in the overtime period to win their third game-in-a-row and avenging one of their two losses on the season in the 38-33 win.
“It was pretty tiring, but it was worth it though,” Karlee Tyler said. “It was definitely worth it. Cascade is a really, really good team and I’m proud of us for stepping up, sticking with it. Even though we were out of it for a little bit, we stepped up our game.”
Tyler went off for 16 points in the win. Her and twin sister Kaylee Tyler both anchored the trenches. Miley Mitchell and Maddy Mitzel had their hands full with Ariel Tobiasson, who led all scorers with 18 points, but kept the Cougars from running off with the game coming out of halftime.
Cascade jumped out with a quick 6-0 third quarter run before the Eagles came back to tie the game up at 24.
“We definitely came out better, our energy was up and we got the lead. But then we got down and that was the difference in the game,” Cascade’s Abby Jeppsen said of the third quarter. “Today was all mental and if we have a better game mentality, then we’ll bring the energy and the intensity we need and we’ll get it done.”
They’ll face a similar tough challenge Thursday when they play Woodburn as Tobiasson hit one-of-two free throws to hand the Cougars a 25-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. But couldn’t duplicate their early third quarter success with Stayton hanging around.
Kenna Coleman hit a massive three-pointer with eight seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Pumping energy into Cascade for a brief second until Kaylee Tyler stepped to the line.
The Junior Eagle hit three-of-four free throws in the extra time, handing Stayton a 36-33 lead. Nerves yes, but she got the job done as Tori Nyquist got an insurance basket late to ice the five-point victory.
“I was just nervous about if I was going to make them. But I knew that I was going to make them,” said Tyler of the free throws.
The Eagles are off until Saturday where they’ll travel to Woodburn to play the Bulldog
Photos By Jeremy McDonald