By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.—With the season drawing to a close, North Marion are just beginning to hit their stride.
New coaching staff, new faces on Varsity has presented it’s challenging yes, but as they close out the regular season this upcoming week, the Huskies are within reach to finish .500 on the season entering their two-game series with Molalla.
The defense was solid. Looking like the defense of yester-year, it fed right into their offense as they built a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter Thursday against Estacada in their 43-24 home victory.
“We started off pretty slow but our defense helped us pick it up quickly. We were getting steals right off the bat, which was really good,” Megan Netter starts. “It felt good. We finished off strong and it was great.”
Netter scored 11-points while teammate Allyson Coulombe set the tone during the first half as the sophomore finished with a game-high 18 points. Adjusting to the ‘new norm’ that the shortened-season has presented to the Huskies this Spring.
“Oh it was big,” Coulombe said of her contribution and the win. “This year has been a really tough year with a new coach and everything, a lot of our players are gone but it’s been pretty good. It’s been really nice. I think Molalla is going to be a really good opponent. We’re pretty similar in style and I’m just super excited.”
Both Molalla and North Marion each are sitting at 3-5 going into Tuesday’s game in Aurora with both looking to pick-up another win or two before the season closes out. With that, the Huskies know it’ll come down to them executing on both sides of the ball to come out with the victory.
“We need to keep the middle closed off so they can’t score inside. That’s our goal is to have good defense,” Netter said. “It’s a big week, they’re a tough team. They’re probably going to play us man-to-man the whole time, so if we can get our offense down, I think we’re going to have a good week next week against Molalla.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald