Molalla’s girls basketball took a close 34-31 loss to the Newport Cubs on Monday, Jan. 6.

“Defensively we played a good game, not flawless but well within the standards we have set for ourselves,” Coach Phil Wiesner said.

Newport jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first quarter. However, the Indians almost matched them point for point in the second, going 10-9. The half closed 20-14.

The Cubs put another ten points on the board in the third, while Molalla took seven points.

Going into the fourth down by nine points, the Indians stepped up their game.

“In the fourth quarter, after trailing by 12 at one point, we even were able to turn up the defense another notch with our intensity, with a guard-heavy lineup on the floor.”

Molalla fell just short of the comeback though.

“For the night, however, we struggled to generate any offense,” Wiesner said. “During the fourth we transitioned well and took the open opportunities when they presented themselves. The other 24 minutes we struggled with our shots, forcing things too often and not seeing teammates when open at others. We'd see the teammate late and then try to force it in, which doesn't work well most nights. Having said that, it was one of our better nights concerning getting assists. Half of our assists came in the fourth quarter.”

“Our turnover rate keeps lowering, which speaks well for us down the road,” Wiesner said. “We're really focusing on what makes a good shot and recognizing when we do and don't have advantage offensively.”

Stats: Molalla vs. Newport

Amanda Rieskamp: 10 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds, 1 block

Josie Child: 7 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds

Alisha Larsen: 6 points, 3 rebounds

Isabella Petitta: 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists

Hailey Satyna: 2 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Katelin Satyna: 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist

Audrey Rieskamp: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Rylee Elliot: 2 rebounds, 1 assist

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