Girls lose two in hoops

Blanchet Catholic 41,

Sweet Home 31

The Huskies stayed hot on Blanchet Catholic’s trail Friday night and were within a point in the fourth quarter in girls basketball.

The girls were only able to put three free throws on the board in the fourth quarter and couldn’t quite close the gap befoe they had to start fouling to stop the clock and losing 41-31 to Blanchet.

The Huskies trailed 12-8 after one quarter. Blanchet led 21-19 at halftime and 31-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Scoring went on hold for both teams until late in the fourth quarter.

The Huskies hit three free throws in the fourth quarter and no field goals. They turned the ball over 22 times, mostly unforced, with 13 steals and four blocked shots.

They were 5-15 from the foul line on the game, shooting 33 percent from the field and 29 percent from the three-point line. The fourth-quarter scoring drought included six shots in the paint.

“We’re trying to force too much,” said Coach Steve Brown. The Huskies broke Blanchet’s press easily, and Blanchet dropped it quickly.

“That’s a game we could’ve easily won,” Brown said. Cutting turnovers by 10, preserving 10 possessions, would have netted the Huskies six more points based on shooting percentage, forcing Blanchet to foul for the clock instead and likely giving the Huskies the win.

The team continues to focus on shooting and ball handling in practice.

Philomath 55, Sweet Home 12

The Huskies lost 55-12 at Philomath on Jan. 7.

Philomath played at a different level from Sweet Home, Brown said. Philomath has a program running well at all levels, and that’s something he’s trying to get rolling in Sweet Home.

The difference showed last week.

“You could tell the skill level,” Brown said. “They were tall, good ballhandlers. They were patient, what we’re striving to be.”

It’s probably one of the two best teams the Huskies have seen this year, he said.

Philomath led 19-0 in the first quarter, 34-3 at halftime and 48-9 after three quarters.

The Huskies are 4-6 following the game.

“I always think we’re in the game,” Brown said, and he’s focused on winning as many home games, where his team is most competitive, as possible. The Huskies face Phoenix at home on Saturday and then open league at Junction City on Jan. 14, followed by a trip to Sisters on Jan. 17.

Blanchet 12 9 10 10 – 41

Sweet Home 9 10 9 3 – 31

Blanchet scoring: Limas 8, Campbell 7, Poole 7, Doyle 6, Ostby 4, Ruef 3, Counts 2, Marcus 2, Fountain 2.

Sweet Home scoring: Katie Virtue 11, Haley Kent 11, Caytlin Gillespie 4, Harlee brendle 2, India Porter 2, Jordan Miller 1, Amanda Hubbard, Jessica Stockman.

Sweet Home 0 3 6 3 – 12

Philomath 19 15 14 7 – 55

Sweet Home scoring: Miller 4, Virtue 4, Gillespie 3, Brendle 1, Kent, Porter, Molly Dadey, Stockman, Hubbard.

Philomath scoring: Madeline Lehman 14, Tierra Stephenson 14, Schrock 11, Davis 5, Holderman 3, Peterson 2, Bennett 2, Hinds-Cook 2, Marshal 2.