Girls play tough ball, but lose to Lebanon, Creswell

The Lebanon Warriors stepped up their third-quarter shooting to defeat the Husky girls basketball team 67-50 Friday at Lebanon.

The Huskies came out and played strong all four quarters, Coach Jason Gorham said. Lebanon hit a number of shots in the third quarter and were able to build a lead.

Lebanon led Sweet Home 12-7 after one quarter. The Huskies cut the lead to four by halftime, trailing 30-26. In the third quarter, Lebanon went on a 23-7 run to build a decisive lead on the game. The Huskies cut that lead by three points in the last quarter.

?We were able to play a solid game on both sides of the ball,? Gorham said. ?It was a fast-paced game.?

Lebanon liked to run and press the ball, Gorham said, ?That?s something we wanted to get into. They hit tough shots against our defense.?

?We passed the ball around well and hit a lot more shots than we have been.?

The girls shot 36 percent from the field.

Erika Snow and Sara Brocard led Husky scoring with nine points each. Tabby Trahan added eight; Breanne Messmer, seven; Nicki Aerni, six; Hannah Swanson, six; and Makenzie Marchbanks, five.

Alexis Nissen and Destiny Neuenschwander led Lebanon with 16 points each.

Creswell 39, Sweet Home 32

The Huskies lost a closer game at the fourth-quarter foul line to Creswell 39-32 on Dec. 14 at home.

?Defensively, we did a nice job throughout the game,? Gorham said. Creswell shot 9-13 at the foul line in the fourth quarter to win the game.

At the end of the game, the Huskies had cut the lead to three, Gorham said. Creswell would get the ball back and then make the free throws when fouled.

The Huskies led 8-7 after the first quarter. Creswell took an 18-15 lead by halftime and expanded that to 24-20 in the third when the Huskies struggled with turnovers.

?We were able to battle back,? Gorham said, although the team had a hard time boxing out and gave up some boards.

Messmer led Husky scoring with 10 points; Swanson, nine; Aernie, four; Marchbanks, four; Trahan, three; and Snow, two.

After playing at Valley Catholic Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Huskies are scheduled to return to the court on Jan. 3 at Philomath.