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Girls' basketball: Tribe playoff berth to be decided Friday

With a win over Astoria, the Indians will make it in to the play-in round of the state playoffs


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Freshman Kaylee Kopra goes up for a shot during the Indians' loss to Seaside on Feb. 14. Kopra put up 4 points for Scappoose in the win over Yamhill-Carlton on Feb. 18, setting up a chance to make the playoffs in the last game of the season.The Indians are finally back on track, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 65-35 victory over Yamhill-Carlton on Feb. 18 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Senior post Abby Kessi led Scappoose (10-12, 4-5 Cowapa) with 16 points, followed by 15 points and nine rebounds from fellow senior Lacey Updike. The pair combined to go 17-21 from the free throw line, part of a dominant performance in the paint by Scappoose. Updike was 2-6 from beyond the three-point line, but those were the only shots from distance taken all game long.

Like the first game against the Tigers, Scappoose was able to get into a rhythm from the get go, scoring the first 16 points of the game before slowing a little to lead 18-4 after the first period.

The second half, as it has been all season, is where things really started to churn. By the end of the third period, Scappoose had stretched their lead to 19 points before scoring 11 in a row a few minutes into the final period to push their lead as far as 28. The Indians took advantage of their chances down the stretch, hitting eight of ten charity offerings to lead by as many as 32 before finishing off the Tigers in a blowout.

In addition to the big nights from Kessi and Updike, Scappoose got seven points each from senior Haley Wight and freshman Alyssa Spang, and six points from Jenny Vardanega and Kendal Bailey.

The victory over Yamhill-Carlton, though it came against a team who is 0-22 overall and 0-9 in Cowapa League contention, serves as an essential piece in the Indians' push to make the post season. They moved into a tie with Astoria (8-15, 4-5 Cowapa) for the third and final playoff spot from the Cowapa League, and will host the Fishermen on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.

A victory in the regular season finale guarantees a spot in the playoffs, but it won't be an easy match up. Scappoose is ranked 23rd, the second-lowest of any team currently fighting for the third seed in their respective league. That would pit the Indians against the second-highest ranked team to finish as a second-seed in their league.

If the season were to end before the games on Friday, it would also mean a lengthy trip to take on either No. 6 Brookings-Harbor or No. 7 Mazama High School, both of which are over 300 miles away. For live updates of the all-important home game against Astoria, you can follow @JowardHoward on Twitter.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 65, Yamhill-Carlton 35

SCAP 18 11 15 21 – 65

YMHL 4 14 7 10 35

Scappoose (65): Spang 7, Wight 7, Kessi 16, Tinning, Updike 15, Vardanega 6, Raya 4, Bailey 6, Kopra 4

SUMMARY

Seaside 68, Scappoose 39

SEAS 16 18 20 14 – 68

SCAP 11 7 9 12 – 39

Scappoose (39): Spang 10, Wight 3, Kessi 6, Tinning 2, Courtney, Updike 10, Vardanega 4, Lang 1, Raya, Bailey 3, Korpa