By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– With everything going against them versus Summit, McNary kept in it mentally. Giving themselves opportunities in the second half to possibly make a push against the Storm Monday night looking for their third Mountain Valley Conference win of the season.
In the 57-46 Summit win, the Celtics drew the game to 41-32 under a minute left in the third quarter and nine once more with 2:55 following shots by Kylie Nepstad and Ava Rubio in both situations. Battling all game through the adversity of the rebounding and turnover game stemming from the Storm defense on this evening. Setting the tone for when the two squads meet again Saturday in Bend.
“We’re getting there and I think on Saturday, we’re definitely going to come hard and play all 32 minutes of the game. Always never give up, always encouraging people to stay with it and play defense, keep driving. Quick shots so we can tie up the game,” Nepstad said.
Nepstad led the Celtics with 11 points, KJ Custer added ten in the defeat that saw those turnovers and rebounding woes add up down the stretch. Keeping that third win just out of reach, but is something that they can improve on for Saturday’s game and even entering their game Thursday against McKay back at McNary High School at 6:30pm
“Definitely turnovers and rebounding is key. We definitely we need to rebound and give them fewer times for shots,” Nepstad said.
Summit was led by Rose Koehler’s 22 points, Sam Coronado contributed another 21 in the victory as the Storm travel to play Sprague on Thrusday at 6:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald