Husky girls continue battle through tough nonleague hoops schedule

Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

Still working through a tough schedule, the high school girls’ basketball team lost games to Molalla and Pleasant Hill last week.

Molalla built a 44-34 win at home on Dec. 5 on a strong first-quarter showing while Pleasant Hill gradually built a 39-24 victory in Sweet Home on Dec. 7.

“We came out and we just made a lot of mistakes early,” Coach Jason Gorham said. “It wasn’t any one thing, and they took advantage of this and put up a lot of points quickly.”

Molalla led 20-2 after one quarter.

About six minutes into the game, the momentum changed, and the Huskies outplayed the Indians the rest of the game, he said. “But at that point, we were too far down to be a serious threat.”

Molalla led 25-10 at halftime and 40-20 at the end of the third quarter. The Huskies finished on a 14-4 fourth quarter.

Sara Brocard led scoring with eight points. Jenny Hamn added seven; Tabby Trahan, five; Erika Snow, four; Alex Thompson, two; Jessalyn Seiber, two; and Michelle Aerni, one.

Amanda Lund led Molalla scoring with 17 points.

Pleasant Hill built an 8-5 lead in the first quarter and extended the lead to 16-7 at halftime. The Billies led 24-13 at the end of the third quarter.

“Defensively, we played really well,” Gorham said. “I was really happy with the kids, their effort there.

“It was a night where they (Pleasant Hill) watched us defensively,” Gorham said. “They ended up kind of controlling the game and taking us out of our offense.”

Trahan led Husky scoring with seven points. Aerni added six; Seiber and Snow, four; and Hamn, three.

The Huskies “continue to play a difficult schedule,” Gorham said. Molalla is a top-10 team, and Pleasant Hill, a good team, while unranked went into the game on a 3-1 record.

The Huskies are playing in more physical, faster-paced games than usual, Gorham said. That’s what the team needs to get it into shape for league play after Christmas, he said.