The Cougars hold their Class 5A opponent scoreless for two quarters as part of a 61-22 victory.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - The Canby girls basketball team scored 49 points in a row during its rout of Milwaukie at home Jan. 10. The Cougars held the Mustangs without a point during the entire second and third quarters.Ashley Evans called it surreal. Coach Brooke Cates called it crazy.

It was both, to be sure.

The Canby girls basketball team engineered an unbelievable 49-0 run after a sluggish start against Milwaukie, storming its way to a 61-22 rout at home Jan. 10.

The Cougars held the Mustangs scoreless for a 20-minute stretch of a 32-minute game, including the entire second and third quarters, to earn their ninth victory in 10 games.

“It was amazing,” Cates said. “Every single kid was just flying off the bench. They were feeding off each other and just scrambling. It was really solid.”

Evans scored a team-high 12 points, Taylor Jorgensen added 11 and Morgan Meisenheimer had 10 in a balanced effort for Canby (10-3).

The Cougars entered the nonconference matchup three days after having a nine-game winning streak snapped by Westview, and they trailed 15-5 early against Milwaukie. But they took control with a variety of full-court defensive schemes that repeatedly baffled the Mustangs.

“It was fun,” Evans said. “It felt good. We just played really aggressive defense, and we shut them down.”

Did they ever. Canby built up a 54-15 advantage before the Mustangs (3-6) ended their mindboggling drought midway through the fourth quarter on a broken play following an offensive rebound.

The Cougars logged 20 steals and forced 22 turnovers, turning in their best defensive performance since holding St. Mary’s Academy to 22 points in a tournament game Dec. 26, 2007.

“We always say, ‘Win every possession,’” Cates said. “One we got it rolling, (Milwaukie) got a little tired. ... That is the craziest turnaround I can remember. And you don’t look at us and say, ‘Ahhhhh’ (in fear), but we have kids that just work. It was remarkable.”

Cates adjusted her team’s practice schedule after its loss to Westview on the road Jan. 7.

After telling her players to prepare for an extended session the following day, she surprised them by taking them to Fultano’s for a team pizza party. The next day, Canby had a short practice as players continue recovering from injuries.

The light week might have had something to do with the Cougars’ slow start against Milwaukie, Cates said.

But after falling behind by 10 points, Canby ramped up its pressure. It held the Mustangs scoreless in the second quarter, just like it did against Hermiston in the finals of the Interstate Shootout tournament in late December.

“I think everyone was like, ‘What’s happening?’” Evans said of the early deficit. “We weren’t as focused as we should’ve been. But it kept us in check. We were like, ‘We have to step up.’”

Added senior forward Neila Kuznetsov: “We got into the mental state of mind that that’s not how we should come out. We reevaluated and just went from there. After halftime, we were like, ‘Let’s go do it again. Let’s get another goose egg.’”

And they did. Surreal. Crazy.



Canby 61, Milwaukie 22

Jan. 10 at Canby High School

Canby — Ashley Evans 12, Taylor Jorgensen 11, Morgan Meisenheimer 10, Bailey Raines 8, Mackenzie Lee 6, Skylee Doman 6, Neila Kuznetsov 4, Rachel Erbe 4.

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