By Jeremy McDonald
MILL CITY, Ore.– It was a special moment for Santiam Senior Savanna Fields-Bodenheimer on Friday afternoon.
In a year in which she returned to Wolverine-country, where she last played and attended as an eighth-grader a few short years ago, the now-graduate played in a Santiam uniform one last time. Scoring four points in the Wolverines 36-25 victory over Scio.
“It’s really great because I left in eighth-grade and came back to finish with the lowerclassmen, it was really awesome to play with them and they’re my best friends,” Fields-Bodenheimer said. “It was fun. Today we had fun as a team and we went all out tonight.”
The Loggers, coming off their 45-30 win over Blanchet, were a quick fill-in for Senior Night as Colton canceled earlier this week due to Covid-issues within the program. Scio had come out with a 8-3 run, building a 12-7 lead into the second quarter.
Their defense created turnovers, raised havoc on the Santiam offense early on as the two squads were knotted up at 12 going into the halftime break. It was a good experience for the young Logger squad playing without their two Seniors in Friday’s contest of the mental side of things.
“It was a mental game. We weren’t playing our best, it was mainly a mental game for us,” Kylee Baumgartner said. “We do have a lot of freshmen on our time, including me. I feel like it’s a good learning experience for us younger players with less experience.”
Scio had five freshmen and a sophomore on a squad that went 4-7 on the year, a promising start for a relatively young team to build from moving into the Summer Basketball season and into the Winter.
Santiam, who battled through injuries with Cassidy Olson and Maddie Forste early in the season, had their bumps-and-bruises in the tough Tri-River Conference. But building from their 5-0 run to end the first half, the Wolverines started the second half finally finding their opportunities to back up their speed on the court.
By the fourth quarter Media Timeout, roughly 12 minutes into the second half, the Wolverines were up 36-19 behind a 18-0 run dating back to when Scio held a 19-18 lead towards the start of the third quarter.
Daelyn Aerni led the third quarter charge with six points. Emma Longfellow contributed another six points in the second half as the sophomore finished with a team-high eight points in the win as the Wolverines found some momentum entering next season.
“That was awesome. We really came together as a team and were picking each other up. Senior Night, Prom we were all just so happy,” Longfellow said. “We’re going to be excited for next year because we’re going to want more than two wins
Photos By Jeremy McDonald