Girls basketball: Girls suffer loss in league opener at Cascade after losing starter Mamac

Sweet Home girls basketball started off league play in the Oregon West Conference on the wrong foot last week, losing at Cascade, who sits at third in the conference, by a score of 70-20 on Jan. 20.

The Cougars (5-6) jumped out to a big 29-5 lead after one quarter, and were up 46-12 at halftime.

The loss came after the Huskies (4-10) learned earlier in the week that sophomore starting guard Kaylynn Mamac would be out for the rest of the season due to a broken collarbone she sustained while playing basketball in the summer.

“It never healed correctly, and it was just becoming exacerbated with all the contact in basketball,” Sweet Home Head Coach Michelle Knight said.

“Her doctor told her it was in her best interest to not play. We knew about it going in, but she was trying to finish the season. But it had become too painful.”

Against Cascade, the coach said “We were working on putting in a new lineup without her, so we’re still trying to find the right personnel to do the jobs.”

The Huskies turned the ball over 34 times in the game. “34 turnovers is just far too many,” Knight said. “So that’s something we’re definitely going to be concentrating on going forward.”

Cascade outshot Sweet Home 38.6% to 21.7% from the field.

Senior Brooke Burke scored 15 points on 4-14 shooting. Junior Keely Boyd added two points on 1-3 shooting.

This week the Huskies host Newport (7-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. They then play at Philomath (8-5) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.