Huskies can’t find net in losses to Scio, Creswell

Sweet Home 53, Scio 28

The Huskies defeated a Scio team mixing junior varsity and varsity players 53-28 Friday in girls basketball during the Scio Holiday Tournament.

The Huskies were scheduled to play North Douglas, but North Douglas canceled. Scio put the team together so the Huskies, who did make it to the tournament that icy night, could play a game.

Megan Rubidoux shot six three-pointers, 6-8 from the foul line and a total of 24 points to lead the Huskies to the win.

The Huskies led 16-6 after the first quarter and 32-8 at halftime. Scio closed in during the third quarter trailing 40-25.

While they won the game handily, Coach John Barnes said, they were still plagued by low shooting percentage, shooting 29 percent overall from the free throw line.

They made up for it in volume, shooting 60 times in the game, Barnes said. Emili Riggs added seven points, Courtnie Cuilla, six; Megan Graville, four; Rylee Cole, four; Katie Nicholson, two; Dawnnita Justham, two; Kishya Davis, two; and Jasmin Yoder, two. Sarah Wyatt played but did not score.

Rylee Graham led Scio with eight points. Evans added five.

Scio 49, Sweet Home 29

The Huskies lost to Scio’s varsity squad 59-29 Saturday .

“They were very physical,” Barnes said, and “we only got to the free throw line six times.”

When they did get to the line, the Huskies shot 2-6.

Scio held a 10-9 lead after the first quarter and built a 22-15 lead by halftime. By the third quarter, Scio held a 34-25 lead. Scio outscored the Huskies 15-4 in the final quarter.

“We played well,” Barnes said. “We did some things well, and we did some things we’d like to have back.”

The Huskies broke through Scio’s press and had some easy shots, but then they sometimes made poor decisions, Barnes said. The Huskies were still missing shots and failing to get to the foul line.

The physical play frustrated some of the girls in the fourth quarter, Barnes said.

“I still think we’re getting better,” Barnes said. “We still have things to work on, but I think we’re getting better.”

He is starting four sophomores and a junior right now, he said, and they’re playing well and headed the right direction.

Annie Whitfield led Husky scoring with 10 points; Rubidoux had nine; Justham four; Davis four; Graville one; and Riggs one.

Hailey Guest led Scio with 19 points. Amber Stover added 15.

Creswell 61, Sweet Home 41

The Huskies played a close game against Creswell at home on Dec. 8 but were unable to hold off the Bulldogs on their way to a 61-41 victory in the fourth quarter.

Creswell led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and 25-20 at halftime. The Huskies got within four of Creswell with half a minute left in the third quarter, but Creswell went on a scoring spree that lasted the rest of the game. The Bulldogs led 44-34 at the end of the third quarter.

“I was really proud of their effort,” Barnes said. “Annie Whitfield had a great first quarter,” Barnes said. “She was the only one to score. She really set the tone.

“I think we were aggressive. We were going right at them. Emili Riggs and Annie Whitfield did a great job keeping the ball alive.”

Overall, the Huskies outplayed Creswell in the first half, Barnes said. They got to the free throw line during the first where they didn’t in the second.

Shooting was better across the board, particularly at the troubling free throw line. The Huskies shot 6-11 from the line in the first half and 3-6 in the second half.

The Huskies never hit the bonus until late in the fourth, Barnes said. “We didn’t go at them enough. They had kids in foul trouble, and we didn’t capitalize on it.”

Cole also did a great job, scoring 10, six in the third quarter, to keep the Huskies in the game, Barnes said.

“We worked hard, and I think we got rewarded for the hard work we put in,” Barnes said. The team put a better product on the floor that night.

Whitfield led the Huskies with 11 points. Cole added 10; Riggs, seven; Devyn Makin, five; Rubidoux, four; and Justham, two.

Davis played but did not score.

Chandler Gabrio led Creswell with 25. Jamie McMahon added 14.