By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– The Amity Girls Basketball team set the tone from the opening tip against their rival in Dayton Saturday night. Using a 17-7 first quarter that evolved into a 29-16 halftime lead on the Pirates in their 42-34 victory on the road.
The hot start was nice. Ideal almost with the Pirates and Yamhill-Carlton breathing down their necks in the PacWest Conference standings. Both had one loss in league entering on this night, so any kind of momentum to keep that zero in the league standing loss column in-tact was the mission of the day.
“It was great. This was a great way to start back up, we had our Scio game and that was also a great start for us,” the Warriors Kylie Kendall said. “We were here. We battled really hard this game. We started to push through everything and I felt like we did really well.”
Kendall led Amity with 11 points with three three-pointers and was one of three Warriors to score in double-figures. Megan Scharf and Ellie McMullen each contributed ten in the win.
But Dayton. They weren’t going away all to easily.
Behind a 14-7 third quarter, capped by a Renika Oliveria three-pointer at the buzzer, the Pirates climbed back into the game down 36-30 going to the fourth quarter.
“We started pressing and picked our defense up. We fouled a little more than we wanted to and that hurt us in the first half, “We cleaned up a lot of stuff there in the second half,” Dayton’s Taylor Wilson said. “We’re a young team and we’re looking win the next two games, we’re hungry for a win.”
Wilson led the Pirates with a game-high 13 points as in the fourth quarter, who will play the Tigers and Amity once more on February 1 and 8 before closing out the regular season February 10 hosting Scio.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors kept Dayton to no less than that six point margin as they pushed their lead back to double-digits in the final frame. Finding a way to hold on for win number 13 on the year and a 5-0 start in the league season.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald