Girls beat Taft for second time, lose to Philomath

The Husky girls basketball defeated Taft 61-36 on the road Friday night.

The Huskies jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, expanding it to 31-15 by halftime. The Huskies led 51-24 at halftime.

“The kids played four full quarters,” Coach Jason Gorham said. “They didn’t have any letdowns.”

There haven’t been a lot of four-quarter games this year, he said. It was good to see consistency through the whole game. The Huskies executed well and got the open looks.

An early lead and shots dropping was a great confidence builder, he said. “I think we’re going to see that carry over the next few games.”

Ashley Danielson led Husky scoring with 15 points. Tabby Trahan added 13; Jenny Hamn, 10; Makenzie Marchbanks, six; Sara Brocard, six; Michelle Aerni, five; Paige Niemi, three; and Erika Snow, three. Becky Spencer and Alex Thompson played but did not score.

Annie Lascono led Taft with 19 points.

Philomath defeated the Huskies 43-34 in Sweet Home on Jan. 23.

Philomath built an 11-5 first-quarter lead and a 27-14 halftime lead. Philomath led 34-19 at the end of the third quarter.

“They got out to an early lead and held a 10-point lead most of the way,” Gorham said. The Huskies went on a 13-2 run to start the fourth quarter and turned it into a four-point game with 3 ½ minutes left, Gorham said. Then “we couldn’t get a shot to go in.”

The Husky defense did its job and got four stops but couldn’t capitalize on them when Philomath sank a bucket to make a six-point game.

The Huskies started fouling at that point to stop the clock, and Philomath sank free throws to win by nine.

Brocard led Husky scoring with 11 points. Danielson added six; Hamn, four; Marchbanks, five; and Aerni, Snow, Trahan and Niemi, two each.

Ashton Melton, Allison Hewlett and Britney Crocker led Philomath scoring with eight points each.