By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– North Marion’s Dawson Schrenk was that dude in the first half of the Huskies 65-49 win over The Dalles on Friday night.
The junior guard went off for 15 points, all three-pointers, and North Marion needed every single one of those points as they were hanging onto a tight 27-22 lead. Schrenk’s fifth three-pointer at the buzzer had helped push the Huskies lead to five as they went into the locker room looking for a strong third quarter that would eventually come in front of a packed crowd in the final non-league game of the season for the squads.
“Yeah it was good, we just relied on our offense when we got down on that end and we got a good lead going into the second half,” Schrenk said, who finished with 20 in the win. “Our point is, the first four minutes of the second half is the most crucial part of the game. We took it to our advantage and we got the win.”
North Marion used those first four minutes to their advantage and by quarters end going into the fourth, they pushed their lead to 45-34 and it hovered just shy of 20 points in the final frame. Wrapping up the win and entering Oregon West Conference play with an 11-1 record and a six-game winning streak to boot.
“It’s big going up against bigger opponents since we don’t have that much size,” Marcus Ledesma said of the non-league schedule. “I got locked into the game (tonight) and played. It’ll be pretty big for us if we all get locked in and go win every game.”
Cole Hammack finished with 19 points for North Marion, Carter Reilly contributed 14 points and Ledesma had eight points in the victory. The Huskies open OWC play on January 20 when they host Stayton at 7pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald