By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Marshfield’s length created headaches for the Jefferson Girls Basketball team Wednesday afternoon in the SCTC Opening Round. Creating turnovers and winning the rebounding battle while the Pirates offense hit shots, especially the three-point shot where they hit seven, four in the first half alone in their (score) victory.
As frustrating as the game was, it was a good learning experience in adjusting to teams like a Marshfield who can use their length on both sides of the court and push tempo as the Lions suffered their first defeat in nearly a month. Stretching seven-games over that span.
“It was really big because some of the teams in our league are going to be really tough. So playing a tough team will help us adjust to a faster game, faster playing and staying calm on the other end of the court…we’re going to be ready for league,” Gretchen Orton said.
The sophomore Orton finished with 26 points in the defeat Wednesday, 16 coming in the second half with Amira Saad contributing another 11 points and three three-pointers for the Jefferson offense against their 4A opposition. For Orton, who had four of the Lions seven three-pointers, has had a strong start to the young season nine games into the season.
“I think my leadership can continue to improve. Helping these girls out. Creating plays is a big thing for me. I want to be able to score when I need to and defense is the game. If we play defense really well, then we’ll win the game,” Orton said.
Jefferson will await the loser of Stayton-Cottage Grove in Day 2 of the SCTC Tournament in Stayton. Playing the game at noon.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald