Indians beat Crook County by 26 at home Tuesday before stomping Estacada by 40 on Friday, moving into the second-place spot in Tri-Valley standings

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Molalla freshman Zoe Wood (24) makes her way down the court during the Indians 63-27 win over Crook County last Tuesday. Molalla's girls' basketball team moved into second place in the Tri-Valley standings after earning a three-game winning streak with dominating performances over Crook County and Estacada last week.

On Tuesday, Molalla took on the Cowgirls at home and grabbed an easy 63-27 win, with freshman sensation Zoe Wood leading with 22 points on the night. The Indians were shooting well all night, making ten of 23 from beyond the arc, with six different players converting.

Head coach Phil Wiesner said he thought the player of the game had to be junior Mattie Myers, who played lockdown defense and saw a field goal percentage of 50 percent. She had nine points, seven rebounds, six assists, four blocks, two steals, and only committed one turnover on the night.

"As a team, the girls did a good job of taking care of the ball on the night and executed well on offense," Wiesner said. "Good players find [ways] of contributing even when it may not be their night at the scoring end; Alicia [Schultz] demonstrated that by garnering six steals on the night."

"Several of our young players are continuing to improve and contribute, which will be of great help down the home stretch," he said.

Then on Friday, the Indians headed to Estacada and earned a 73-33 win, which was their largest scoring margin since Jan. 27, 2017, when they beat the Rangers 74-32 at home.

"[It was a] great team effort, with all ten girls that hit the floor contributing both offensively and defensively," Wiesner said. "Everyone was focused on their responsibilities and took care of business."

"We didn't play a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, but the girls showed they're definitely working on areas that we need to improve on to be successful," he said.

Molalla had two quarters in which they scored at least 20 points, including ending on a strong note by scoring 24 in the fourth. The Indians recorded 23 steals on the night along with 17 assists as Schultz led with 20 points while Wood followed up with 14.

With the two wins last week, Molalla is currently sitting in second place in the Tri-Valley Conference, just one game back from Madras (15-2, 4-0). The rest of the conference is relatively weak at this point, as Estacada sits in third place after their 40-point loss last week. The title will again likely be a battle between Madras and Molalla, just as it was last season when the Indians earned a huge win against the White Buffaloes at home to essentially secure their first league title in 15 years. This year, the Indians will have to head to Madras on Feb. 6, where the league champion will likely be decided. The Indians will first have to make it through Corbett (4-12, 1-3 TVC) on Tuesday first, however.

Conner Williams
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