Led by sophomore RayAnne Schedler and junior Allison Mead, Cougars win second straight.

Canby's first meeting against the St. Mary's Academy basketball team could not have gone much smoother than how it played out Thursday, Feb. 3. The Cougars won the day 51-32 to improve to 3-4 in the Three Rivers League.

The game was close in the first quarter but not much longer after that. Canby and the Blues traded baskets throughout the first 8 minutes, with sophomore RayAnne Schedler leading her team with six points during that time. The first four of those six points came from midrange jumpers right out of the gate.

"We've been trying to build (RayAnne's) confidence to take those midrange shots and that high post shot," Canby coach Ingrid McCoy said after the game. "She did that right off the bat in the first quarter, and I was really happy for her. We know she's been capable, we're just trying to get her those looks and put them up. She did, and I'm super proud of her. She's one of those kids who's just a warrior on defense, kind of an anchor on defense and the kids look to her for that strength."

Drawing out Schedler's shooting has been a work in progress over the course of the season, according to McCoy. It was during the Oregon City defeat that the team really saw the intangibles Schedler brings to the team.

"Early on we struggled to get her involved in the offense and have the confidence in shooting the ball," McCoy said. "She was also solid for us on defense and rebounding, but we wanted to get her confidence on the offensive end. The turning point I think was at Oregon City. It wasn't necessarily that she scored, but I think it was just that she realized so many different things that she could do that we'd been talking about all along, and the offense has come along afterwards."

The second quarter was where Canby separated itself from the home team. The Cougars went on a 12-point run to start things off and once again it was Shedler kicking things off, this time burying a couple free throws from the stripe.

At the half, Shedler led all Canby scorers with nine points, and the Cougars led 34-16.

The second half was all Canby. In the final 16 minutes, Canby outscored St. Mary's 17-16 to secure the win 51-32. Shedler finished with 11 points, junior guard Allison Mead finished with 11 points and junior McKenna Kraft finished with nine points.

Canby will face off against Tualatin (9-6, 4-1 in TRL) on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in a road game. For Canby to continue turning around its league record the team needs to continue getting comfortable communicating on defense, rotating and helping during presses, and things will start to come around.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby junior Allison Mead runs the length of the floor against St. Mary's Academy. Canby won 51-32.

"We saw little pieces and I feel like we just had little pieces coming together all at once and we kept telling them to stay the course, stay the course," McCoy said. "Eventually it would happen, and it's starting to happen."

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