By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The Summer Basketball season has been condensed due to the Covid Pandemic, but teams are still finding a way to take advantage of the short time that they have in preparing for the upcoming Winter Season this year.
Dayton and Gervais girl’s basketball played each other to open the Chemawa Summer Classic Saturday morning at Chemawa Indian School.
The Pirates, with four familiar Varsity faces, look to build from their 4-7 season this past Spring. The Cougars however, coming off of their 2A Championship, looked to their former bench players to fill the holes left by five graduating seniors from their 12-0 team as both teams were neck-and-neck through much of the game.
“It’ll help us a lot and it’ll help us be tougher in our Varsity games. So it’ll definitely make us tougher playing all of these other teams before we play our actual league,” said Dayton’s Renika Oliveria. “But it’s definitely helping out making us tough running through our plays.”
Oliveria, Taylor Wilson and Kya Kerns helped the Pirates hold a brief lead on the young Gervais squad coming down the stretch of the two 20-minute halves. But through the adversity of injuries for the Cougs, Gervais began to pull away in the final 2:30 of the game.
Ava Sellers and Josie Schultz each had baskets in the game-deciding 6-0 run. Olivia Boyd had a crucial defensive rebound and pushed it up the court during the run as the Cougar defense looked as it did these past two seasons in 2A.
“It’s a lot more responsibility and I think we’ll be able to do it like our Seniors did (last year) with our upcoming sophomores and freshmen to do very well,” Schultz said. “(Dayton’s) a really good, solid team. We had so many injuries today…but when our subs came in, they stepped up to the plate and we were able to bring it to the table like Izzy (Boyd) did. We saw the openings and finished our shots.”
Dayton picked up the win over Vernonia in their second of three games Saturday and Gervais defeated Amity 35-25. The Pirates play Amity at 10am and Waldport at 12:30pm Sunday while the Cougars play Vernonia (10:50am), Nestucca (1:20pm) and Waldport (3pm).
Photos By Jeremy McDonald