Cascade, Sisters defeat girls

Cascade 53

Sweet Home 28

Cascade’s high-pressure defense led the Husky girls to a 53-28 loss Friday night at home.

Cascade is ranked among the top five in the state, Coach Jason Gorham said. “They’re a good team. they play and work really hard to take you out of your offense and force you into turnovers. They were successful doing that Friday night.”

Cascade led 16-7 after the first quarter and 30-11 at halftime. Cascade kept the pressure high through the third when it led 45-19.

Chelsea Hackworth led the Huskies with eight points. Hannah Swanson added seven; Tabbi Trahan, four; Dani Thireault, three; McKenzie Marchbanks, two; Ashlee Flanagan, two; and Sara Brocard, two.

Quigley led Cascade scoring with 14. Albus added 13.

Sisters 46

Sweet Home 29

Sisters defeated the Huskies 46-29 on Tuesday last week.

“We just never got comfortable in the game, offensively or defensively,” Coach Gorham said. “Swanson had a good game.”

Swanson shot 8-9 from the foul line and scored 20 points.

The Huskies trailed 14-9 after the first quarter and 26-14 at halftime. Sisters led 34-20 after the third quarter.

Hackworth scored five for the Huskies; Trahan, two; Marchbanks , one; and Thireault, one.

J. Boswell led Sisters with 16 points, and C. Harp added 11.

“Both teams defended us well, and we struggled to get shots out of the offense again,” Coach Gorham said. “As the week progressed, we worked on some things, and I saw some improvement in our execution from Tuesday to Friday night.”

The Huskies’ half-court defense showed definite improvement, Coach Gorham said, although the Huskies gave up some points in their transition game.

“We’re still moving forward toward where have been going all year, which is a fourth-place finish in league,” Coach Gorham said. The Huskies still have the opportunities to do that.

“I think Friday night, we played a really good team,” Coach Gorham said. “But we made some improvements I hadn’t seen in the last couple of games before that. I really expect to see us play better the second half of league.”

The second half of league play begins Friday night at Molalla. The girls will face Stayton at home on Tuesday night.

The girls hold a 1-3 league record.

Beginning Friday night, game times are changed. The girls play at 5:30 p.m., and the boys play at 7:15 p.m.