Molalla's girls basketball team blows out Stayton, battles Silverton
Molalla knocked off a top 10 team in Class 4A and then for three quarters went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in 5A.
Not bad for two days of work.
The Indians first defeated Stayton 58-41 Monday.
"They're a real good team," Molalla coach Phil Wiesner said of the Eagles, who entered the game ranked No. 10 in the Class 4A coaches poll. "We played well. What's really good about playing quality teams is it exposes things that you want to work on and we've been doing that and we've improved every game on some aspect that we're focusing on, so that's been encouraging."
The Indians grabbed an eight-point lead after one quarter and continued to pull away.
Senior Maddy Lisac had 16 points and four rebounds to lead Molalla.
Zoe Wood finished with 13 points and three assists. Kaityn Curry added four rebounds and three assists.
"It was just good team play, really," Wiesner said. "We hit some shots. Our defense picked up, not that we were perfect by a long shot, but the kids just played a good all-around game of team defense."
The Indians played at Silverton, ranked No. 3 in the 5A coaches poll, the following night.
Molalla led for much of the first half before ultimately falling 48-34.
"The kids came to battle and they did battle," Wiesner said. "They played a heck of a game."
Silverton outscored the Indians 12-4 in the fourth quarter.
"We had a couple of turnovers that were unfortunate at the time we had them and they hit a couple of shots and we didn't," Wiesner said. "We had some pretty good looks that could have just as easily gone in and didn't."
Curry had 11 points in the loss. Lisac finished with 10.
"We got some good confidence even from a loss because we knew the quality of our opponent and we were playing in their gym," Wiesner said. "We're getting out of our preseason what we want because we want to play quality opponents and see where the chinks in our armour are and what we can do to get ready for league."
Wiesner added that this Molalla squad has come together faster than his other teams.
"They're really a united group and we're striving to get even more united," he said. "In the past there's been some teams that are pretty disjointed at this time of the year, but these girls aren't. They're pretty unified and pulling together, and kind of got one focus of wanting to do their best and improve each practice and each game, and they're doing it."
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