By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The Bandon Girls Basketball team stepped up to the challenge of a long road trip this weekend, splitting with a win at Gervais Friday night and a close 41-35 defeat to Salem Academy Saturday afternoon as they return home 4-1 on the season.
“It really showed us to the level of competition that’ll be really beneficial to our team, we love playing good teams. So anything that’ll help us be better,” said the Tigers Katelyn Senn.
Senn led Bandon with 15 points as the Tigers saw the Crusaders, coming off of a Westside Winter Jam Championship last weekend, jump out to a 17-6 lead before pulling themselves back into the game. Making it a 21-16 Salem Academy lead by halftime.
The rust of the week-off was there for the Crusaders and it showed a little bit on top of the talent that Bandon brings. Salem Academy though, looked forward towards this particular game as it could be a 2A State Playoff game here in March in Pendleton.
“(This game) helped us a lot…definitely patience with the ball. It was good to play a good ball defender and play them,” the Crusaders Lexi Herber said.
Herber led Salem Academy with 17 points and four three-pointers with sister Aly contributed 14 as the Crusaders rebuilt a double-digit lead, leading 35-24 after three. But the Tigers weren’t going to backdown without a fight as they drew Salem Academy back in once more.
“It really starts off the court, all of our relationships off the court and we’re pretty close. So once we get on the court, it’s easy to connect and play together,” Senn described.
Confidence in their shot is one thing they can work on Senn touched on with the Tigers hosting Rogue River Friday before opening Valley Coast Conference play December 20 with Lowell. For the Crusaders, who improved to 4-0 on the year with the victory, it’s a road trip to North Douglas Wednesday before hosting St. Paul on Friday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald