Defense sends Damascus Christian to 35-12 win at North Clackamas
Damascus Christian's Tory Webb scored a game-high nine points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and anchored a spirited defensive effort that carried the Eagles' girls' basketball team to a 35-12 Valley 10 League road win Tuesday over North Clackamas Christian.
Emily Powers finished with eight points, Ally Love and McKenna Patrick added six points each, but it was the Damascus defense that dictated how the game would play out as the Eagles (7-1, 2-1 Valley 10) won their fourth in a row.
"They followed the game plan pretty close," Eagles coach Dave Wakefield said. "We really concentrated on our defense this game, not so much the offense, because with a young team, you're going to ebb and flow with the offense, but the defense can always be solid throughout the whole game."
Damascus jumped out to 20-3 halftime lead, holding North Clackamas to 0-for-21 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line with seven turnovers.
NCC trailed 14-0 when Dana Dale made one of two free throws for the Saints' first point with 4:56 to play in the second quarter.
Kelsie Pitzi had the Saints' first basket when she grabbed and offensive rebound, scored on the put-back, got fouled, and made the free throw to cut Damascus' lead to 22-6 with 6:55 left in the third quarter.
Esmaya Hendrickson led NCC with four points off the bench and Jenna Lay added three for the Saints (3-4, 0-2).
With a roster that has only one senior (Webb), one junior (Love), and the rest sophomores and freshmen, Wakefield has been impressed with the progress his team has made since the Nov. 28 season opener.
"I'm actually kind of shocked, because I know how much youth I have on this team," he said. "As for the physical part of the game and in terms of maturity, I feel we're ahead of the curve a little bit, but you're hesitant to say too much, because the next game we might lay an egg."
Wakefield also has been joined on the bench by his daughter, Ana, the former Damascus standout who continues her miraculous recovery from a horrific hit-and-run car crash in October 2017 that left her with a severe brain injury.
Earlier this month, Ana graduated from an intensive five-month rehab program at Portland's Progressive Rehabilitation Associates.
"She's coaching with me," Dave Wakefield said. "This is what I tell those kids: 'If a girl like her can work that hard, you can work that hard out on the court, too.' I know how she works."
Dave Wakefield said Ana has been going to school part-time and taking online classes, and she has plans to return to school full-time at Multnomah University next month.
"I know for a fact that nobody ever thought that would be possible, even the neurosurgeon at OHSU," Dave Wakefield said. "So, to see how far she's come … and, yeah, we're not done. We want more, so we'll keep working hard and doing the best we can with that."
DAMASCUS CHRISTIAN 8 12 9 6 -- 35
NORTH CLACKAMAS 0 3 5 4 -- 12
Damascus Christian (35) -- Tory Webb 9, Powers 8, Patrick 6, Love 6, Hale 4, Manning 2, Watts, Wakefield, MacGibbon, Titchenal
North Clackamas Christian (12) -- Esmaya Hendrickson 4, K. Pitzi 3, Donovan 2, M. Pitzi 2, Dale 1, Lay, Hofer, Meuser, Zook