N.M., Molalla defeat girls

N. Marion 41, Sweet Home 33

North Marion scratched its way slowly out of an early deficit at North Marion on Jan. 31 to defeat the Husky girls basketball team 41-33.

“It was close most of the game,” Coach Jason Gorham said.

The Huskies led 11-7 after the first quarter and trailed by just 20-19 at halftime. North Marion stretched its lead by one point to 29-27 at the end of the third quarter.

“We had our chances in the fourth quarter,” Gorham said. Down by five, the Huskies had problems connecting on free throws.

“We had just a couple of breakdowns,” Gorham said of the game overall. “We gave up a couple of threes to (Makesha) Bizon.”

Bizon led North Marion’s scoring with 17 points, and at the end of the game, North Marion shot 6-9 from the foul line to put the Huskies away.

The Huskies had trouble covering Bizon, Gorham said. “Most of their offense went through her, and eventually she got her shots. Offensively, we didn’t shoot the ball very well.”

Husky shooting was less than 30 percent.

Hannah Swanson led Husky scoring with 11 points. Tabby Trahan added eight point; Nicki Aerni, seven; Breanne Messmer, four; Erika Snow, two; and Sara Brocard, one.

Euwert added nine points for North Marion; Peterson, eight; Erickson, six; and Smith, one.

Molalla 44, Sweet Home 32

Molalla defeated the Huskies at home 44-32 Friday night.

Molalla led 11-6 after the first quarter and 28-17 at halftime. Action was almost frozen in the third quarter with Molalla spreading its lead to 31-19.

“Defensively, we played pretty well in the third quarter,” Gorham said.

The Huskies got the stops they needed and rebounded better, but they couldn’t get anything going offensively, still struggling against the Indians’ press and turning the ball over.

Trahan led Husky scoring with 12 points; Aerni, nine; Swanson, five; Messmer, two; and Brocard two. Whitney Lyons led Molalla with 13 points.