Molalla's girls basketball ends league with a string of tough games.

Molalla’s girls basketball team wrapped up nonleague play last week with three tough games. First, Molalla lost 55-25 to Scappoose on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

“Foul trouble early had a dramatic effect on this game,” Coach Phil Wiesner said. “Scappoose, like ourselves, has played a lot of the top teams in the state during the preseason. They play a very physical style of ball [that] makes you play ugly, bumping you off the ball, even though it supposedly is an emphasis this year that officials are calling that sort of action more closely.”

Scappoose took the first quarter 10-8.

“With a minute to go in the first quarter, we had 10 fouls, putting them in the double bonus while Scappoose had zero,” Wiesner said. “Scappoose was able to take advantage of this going 27/35 at the line for the game. While we were 5/10. Having said that, we didn't do a very good job adjusting to the officiating, something we have to be able to do. No two games are going to be officiated the same, and as players we need to adjust our game to how it is being called.”

By the half, Scappoose was up 25-12, and Molalla wasn’t able to turn the tables.

“A hump we have to get ourselves over is turning the ball over too much,” Wiesner said. “We're not a team that is going to sit on the ball. Speed is our advantage against most opponents, but we have to be more surgical with our passing and respect our possessions. We maintain a nice high number of steals per game, however, our turnover rate is just as high or higher. That ratio must improve to our favor as we enter league play.”

Scappoose put 15 points on the board in both the third and fourth quarter, while Molalla was only able to get nine points in the third and four in the fourth.

“The best positive I can pull out of this game is we never had any quit from anybody and battled till the final horn,” Wiesner said. “I'm very proud of how these ladies stick together and are so positive with each other. Because of the early and severe foul trouble, we were deep into our bench with ten players getting significant minutes by early into the second quarter. Every player that went out there battled in a game where bodies were flying to the floor on a regular basis.”

Stats: Molalla vs. Scappoose

Josie Child: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals

Hailey Satyna: 6 points, 5 rebounds

Isabella Petitta: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

Katelin Satyna: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Audrey Reiskamp: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals

Rylee Elliot: 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals

Alisha Larsen: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Kaylee Larsen: 1 rebound

Marissa Marr: 1 steal

Molalla vs. Central

As Wiesner said, there was “no time to lick our wounds” after the Scappoose game. The girls played Central at home on Friday. Though the Indians lost 32-25, Wiesner said he was extremely happy with the results as Central is the sixth-ranked team in the state.

“I couldn't have been more proud of the ladies for the way they played in the Central game,” Wiesner said. “[They] made the Panthers earn the victory. I asked the girls to do an uncharacteristic thing for us, which was to slow down the game and keep Central out of their running game where they thrive. That was not easy for us since, because of our team speed and lack of size, we like a fast game. We followed the game plan though and held Central to their lowest point total of the season with the exception of their one loss to 5A Dallas. The game was close all the way with never more than a four-point spread till we had a couple of back-to-back unforced turnovers early in the fourth that Central capitalized on. Once a team of their caliber makes a run late in a game it is tough to come back on them after you've expended so much energy all game keeping them close. Keys to our playing well were how well we followed our game plan and staying out of foul trouble so we could use our normal rotations.”

Stats: Molalla vs. Central

Katelin Satyna: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Isabella Petitta: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 steals

Rylee Elliot: 4 points, 1 assist, 1 steal

Audrey Rieskamp: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

Hailey Satyna: 1 point, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals

Josie Child: 1 point, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Amanda Rieskamp: 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Alisha Larsen: 2 rebounds

Molalla vs. Astoria

The Indians then went on the road to Astoria on Saturday, where they lost 38-26.

“I was concerned about the game after putting so much on the line the night before against Central,” Wiesner said. “Games like that are emotionally draining, then to follow it up with a game the next afternoon after taking a three-hour bus ride is tough. Plus we were playing a team on their home court that, like us, has played a lot of tough opponents and has struggled. Astoria was wanting to end their nonleague season on a high note badly. We struggled with foul trouble in this game and couldn't always keep people on the floor where and when we needed them. We played hard in this game, as we always do, but we just didn't have that edge that we can generally rely on.”

At the half, the score was 15-13, Astoria’s lead. However, a tough third quarter for the Indians put Astoria up 24-16, a deficit Molalla wasn’t able to recover from in the fourth.

“A bright spot to take out of this game was our foul shooting has gradually been improving, and we were 14/20 this game,” Wiesner said. “Now we need to make some field goals. I just didn't do a good job of getting the team emotionally ready for this game. We all learned a lot about ourselves ... and will be better for it in the long run, but right now it hurts.”

Stats: Molalla vs. Astoria

Alisha Larsen: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Isabella Petitta: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Audrey Reiskamp: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals

Katelin Satyna: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Rylee Elliot: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals

Hailey Satyna: 2 points, 2 rebounds

Amanda Rieskamp: 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal

Josie Child: 2 assists, 1 block, 4 steals

Haley Thrower: 1 block

On to league

The ladies are 4-9 overall as they enter league play. They play in Estacada (4-8) on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and they play Madras (9-5) at home on Friday, Jan. 24.

“We are going to take the lessons learned this past weekend, in how we challenged a superior team and then about playing a very hungry lesser team, and build on them,” Wiesner said. “We open league with a trip to Estacada Tuesday night and basically will look at it as starting a new season, because to a big extent it is.”

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