Sweet Home girls basketball beat Elmira 39-15 on their opening night Dec. 1, but then lost to Gladstone 62-48 two days later, a team that the OSAA ranks tops in 4A.
Junior Brooke Burke scored 25 points to beat the Falcons of Elmira. Senior Adaira Sleutel chipped in six points, and freshman Kaylynn Mamac, making her Husky debut, scored four.
"It was a great win. It's always great to start off the season with a win," said Head Coach Michelle Knight.
The Huskies scored even more against Gladstone, but their defense wasn't able to keep the Gladiators in check. Gladstone jumped out to an early 21-10 lead by the end of the first quarter, which proved pivotal. Knight noted that the head to head "quarter scores" between Sweet Home and Gladstone after the first quarter were "super close."
"Other than the first quarter, we were with them the whole game," the coach said.
Knight gave Gladstone credit. "They are really strong and we knew that going in. We expect them to go pretty deep into the postseason," she said.
Burke again dominated offensively, scoring 28 points and connecting on a trio of three pointers. Sleutel added 14 for the Huskies in the losing effort.
On offense, Knight said "We're doing well. We're probably on track for where we are supposed to be right now. But we still have some things to tweak." She added that her squad has been "working really hard on defense."
The Huskies travel to Molalla on Dec. 7 for a 7:00 p.m. game. They will then spend the weekend participating in the Junction City Les Schwab Holiday Classic, squaring off first against the host Junction City on Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. They will then play Saturday, Dec. 11, with an opponent and time to be determined.