Molalla girls' basketball splits local contests
Molalla girls' basketball is holding a .500 record through four games in the season, and against competition at varying levels of the game. In the season opener, Molalla fell to 2A Kennedy. In the home opener, they ran over former 1A state champion Country Christian. In a pair of more recent contests, Molalla lost to 5A Silverton 57-29 on Thursday, Dec. 6, and then rebounded with a 64-42 win over Colton.
Against Silverton, Molalla had a rough go of it in the second half, only managing 7 points total in the second 16 minutes. Part of that was due to 15 turnovers brought on by the strong Silverton defense.
"We matched Silverton's focus and determination for about the first third of the game but couldn't match their will in the remainder of the game," Molalla head coach Phil Wiesner said. "(I) love these quality matchups with our neighbors, they make for fun games for the spectators, while at the same time playing quality teams that help of grow and get ready for conference play."
Senior Mattie Myers led the team in scoring with 9 points and 4 rebounds, followed by sophomore Kaityn Curry with 7 points.
Against Colton the next day on Friday, Dec. 7, Molalla had a better go of it winning the contest 64-42. The girls got off to a strong start, outscoring Colton 18-5 in the opening quarter, and never let up over the course of the game. Apart from the Lady Vikings resurgence in the fourth quarter where they outscored Molalla 16-10, Molalla held its own.
Leading the team in scoring was sophomore Zoe Wood with 15 points, followed closely by Madeline Lisac with 14. It was a good night scoring-wise for Molalla, as all 12 players picked up points for the team.
Molalla (2-2) has a break for now, and will return to play against Stayton (2-3) on Monday, Dec. 17 in a non-league affair.