By Jeremy Mcdonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– Perrydale’s Elana Porter created headaches against the St. Paul defense in the Buckaroos 48-32 Casco League win.
The senior Porter flew around loose balls defensively and set herself up in the Pirates offense. Scoring ten of her 15 points in the second half as Perrydale suddenly were making St. Paul nervous coming down the stretch.
“She’s a good player and good shooter. We just had to stay up on her, if we gave her any room she’ll shoot,” the Bucks Stella Koch said of Porter. “I think we did good.. We shut her down pretty much and all the other players and we just played our game.”
“It’s just important to get into their head a little bit before Districts so we can feel them out. We’re a young team this year, so we’re just trying to get ready for that,” Porter adds.
It was a physical game in the second half following a dominant Bucks first half leading 27-12 and 38-19. St. Paul struggled to hit a few shots as their defense prevented Perrydale from keeping it close until the fourth when they made their push.
“(Perrydale) gave us so much pressure and we’ve been working with the pressure. We got a little chaotic, they did good with that…I think we just need to calm down and not dribble sideline so they don’t trap. Take care of the ball with good passes and be aggressive with driving because we have a height advantage, so we need to get into the block and we’ll be good with that,” Koch said.
Koch finished with a team-high 15 points for the Bucks, who travels to Eddyville Charter Saturday before going to Turner to play Crosshill Christian on Tuesday. St. Paul currently sitting 7-0 in Casco League play and 11-1 overall.
For Perrydale, who falls to 7-6 and 5-3 in league play following Monday’s game, they travel to play Falls City Thursday before hosting North Clackamas Christian Friday as they look to build upon just their second defeat in their last seven games.
“We’re young, we have to get into the groove of things. The second half was a fresh start, we had to get some momentum,” Porter said. “We just need to come out strong in the beginning and improve on the little things, boxing out and things like that.”
Heidi Juarez scored seven points, all in the fourth quarter while Kenna Rosenbaum contributed four for the Pirates. Sierra Stoltenberg scored nine and Frankie Lear added another seven for St. Paul in the victory.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald