by: CORY MIMMS - Josie Child cuts past Tillamook's defense.The Molalla Indians’ girls basketball team got their first win of the season on Tuesday, beating the Tillamook Cheesemakers 57-33.

“Defense was clicking as far as working together and everyone on the floor doing their job, which often led to either steals for us or rushed shots by Tillamook,” Coach Phil Wiesner said. “Our defensive goal for the night was to pressure the passers and take away the passing lanes at the same time. Mission accomplished.”  

Right off the bat the Indians got a quick lead over Tillamook, leaving the first period at 14-6.

“While many had a good defensive night, Katelin Satyna had an outstanding defensive game and found her offense to go with it,” Wiesner said.  “We did a good job of containing their 6 foot 1 inch post, making her almost a non factor offensively.”

The rest of the starters also played a coordinated game, both offensively and defensively.

“Josie Child had a nice game,” Wiesner said, “harassing Tillamook's point guard into making passes sooner than she was ready to make. Amanda Rieskamp had another solid game for us and was perfect from two-point range making 4/4 of her shots. Amanda's defense is really improving at a fast rate.”

That defensive improvement showed on the stat sheets. Rieskamp led the team with 6 rebounds and 4 steals, a steals number matched by Child and Isabella Petitta. Mollala finished with an impressive 20 steals for the game.

“Isabella Petitta found her offense for us, being our leading scorer and getting out on the fast break,” Wiesner said. “Hailey Satyna, our other starter, has been working on making her game quick but not hurried. She did a good job of doing that in this game.”  

With the Indians pressuring Tillamook’s offense, the Cheesemakers had a lot of trouble sinking shots early on. In the second period Tillamook did start scoring, with a lot of their points coming from the foul line.

“We need to continue to work on playing good defense without putting the opponent on the line too much,” Wiesner said. “We held Tillamook to 16 points from the field, but they scored 17 at the line. That's too many. Progress is being made there by some individuals but team wide we need to get better.”

The first half closed at 31-20, with Molalla still in the lead. In the second half, the Indians again stifled the Tillamook offense. Molalla continued sinking baskets in the two-point range, but had trouble shooting three-pointers.

Overall, the win was a balanced effort, Wiesner said. That balance showed in the scoring. Hailey Satyna had 7 points, Rieskamp 9, Child 10, Katelin Satyna 11, and Petitta 12.

“Focus for us in this game was to make controlled, good decisions with the ball,” Wiesner said. “We in fact made great progress in that area.”

The bench also did “a good job of providing good minutes,” Wiesner said. “It was nice to not have any one individual in foul trouble so we could have normal rotations, which was a problem in our previous two games.”

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