By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– For the ten seniors on the Cascade Girls Basketball team, this was the start they were hoping for to start a game.
Known mainly as a second quarter, second half team, they came to strongly on Senior Night with an 18-8 start to their 55-33 win over Newport on Tuesday night. Momentum that they sustained throughout, leading 31-14 and as much as 29 in the second half.
“It was really good, we needed to work on setting the tone earlier in the game rather than in the second half like we normally do. but I think our maturity being seniors really came through in teh first half,” Anna Wilson said.
“The past couple games we’ve had to bring it in the second quarter. To bring it all in the first quarter was a good refresher to pick us up for playoffs,” adds Lainy Ward. “I think it’ll give us that big boost of confidence that we need to go. We haven’t been able to start off strong, so to come out with a strong staret every game, it’ll be the greatest.”
With the Cougars in full-control of the second seed on Stayton, leading the Eagles by two games with the tiebreaker, going into their final two games at Sisters and Sweet Home over the next week the strong start will be something they’ll be looking to continue in those games into the postseason.
“Just coming mentally prepared and really getting into the mindset to start off strong, set the tone is what’s going to help us,” Wilson said.
Wilson scored six points in the win, Ward contributed two. Abby Jeppsen led the way with 11 points as ten Cascade players recorded a basket in the regular season home finale.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald