Basketball: Sweet Home girls run away from Newport, then fall to No. 2 Cascade

The dynamic scoring duo of junior point guard Brooke Burke and senior post player Adaira Sleutel once again came up clutch for the Huskies last week, propelling Sweet Home (6-11, No. 19 in 4A) to a 60-32 league win Tuesday against Newport (6-8, No. 29).

Burke scored a career-high 35 points in the home game, running up her season point total to 331. The junior’s line against Newport included five three-pointers. Sleutel added 15 points against the Cubs, running her total on the season up to 187.

Head Coach Michelle Knight credited Burke’s success to the time she puts in on her game year-round.

“She’s a really good shooter, and she has worked really hard in the offseasons for as long as I have known her to reach the level of success she is at right now,” Knight said. “It’s fun to see her work so hard and have it pay off in games.”

Of Sleutel, Knight said “Adaira is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong, athletic and very talented. She’s often double-teamed down low and still finds a way to score. She’s also one of our strongest free-throw shooters.”

Against the Cubs, Knight said her team “Came out strong and ready and played four good quarters of basketball.”

Sweet Home came back down to earth on Friday, losing on the road to No. 2-ranked Cascade (12-2) 60-29.

Burke scored 17 points for the Huskies in the loss. Senior guard Chloe Fairchild and freshman Kaylynn Mamac each added four points for Sweet Home.

The Huskies begin their second half of league play this week, sitting at fifth place in the seven team 4A-3 Oregon West Conference. They host Woodburn (10-5, No. 11) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Then, Sweet Home travels to Philomath (11-2, No. 1) for a game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.