By Jeremy McDonald
BROOKS, Ore.– The Willamette Valley Christian Girls Basketball team turned to their defense Tuesday evening to set the tone in the Casco League game with C.S. Lewis/Veritas.
They created turnovers off of clogging passing lanes, poking the ball out and fighting for rebounds in their 28-12 win. The Warriors third-straight win as they knock off the rust coming off of their nearly three-week break.
“I thought we did good, we brought the intensity a little bit and it helped our team a lot,” Leah Sturgis said. “Following our shots is the big thing.”
Their offense struggled a tad coming out of the Christmas and New Year break, but did help in the second quarter as WVC outscored the Watchmen 11-2 in the frame. Turning an 8-4 game at quarter’s begin to an 19-6 halftime lead.
Sturgis led the Warriors with six points. Rylee Shackelton, Lally Hunter, Zellee Herman and Ella Peerenboom all contributed four points each in the win. Building their confidence with two big games ahead at Southwest Christian on Thursday and St. Paul on Monday.
“It felt good to build our confidence a little bit. We’re nervous about the other teams so we’re just going to practice all the things that we need to practice for those teams,” Shackelton said. “Being faster on our feet, being lower and hands up and stuff for our defense. Offense, working our plays a little bit.”
Both games are on the road. The game against the Wildcats starts at 6pm on Thursday while the game with the Buckaroos is slated for 5:30pm on Monday.
Evelyn Ericksen scored all 12 points for C.S. Lewis/Veritas Tuesday night at Willamette Valley Christian School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald