Molalla rallies to defeat Corbett
Down 14 points in the third quarter and playing without its leading scorer, Molalla needed someone to step up.
Enter Kaityn Curry.
The Molalla junior scored 16 points in the second half as the Indians rallied to defeat Corbett 71-58 Tuesday night.
"I think that we really just came together and played as a team with a fire that everybody wanted to do well for each other," Curry said. "We all wanted to win the game so bad, and the way we played as a team created those opportunities for me."
Playing without senior Maddy Lisac, who dislocated her left elbow Saturday at Country Christian, Molalla started strong, racing out to a 16-10 lead early in the second quarter.
Senior Audri Greer, who started in Lisac's absence, scored seven points in the first quarter.
"It was totally different coming off the bench, but I was happy to be there for the team," Greer said. "We definitely played for Maddy."
But a 3-pointer by Corbett junior Tia Kendall followed by six straight points from freshman Maddy Abraham gave the Cardinals a 19-18 lead with 5 minutes to go in the first half.
A jump shot by Molalla junior Hannah Nelzen gave the lead back to the Indians. However, Corbett closed the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 30-22 lead into halftime.
"It felt like our team wasn't completely playing together," Curry said. "We came together at halftime and knew we needed to play together to win this game."
"We just hit a time where nothing would fall for us," Molalla coach Phil Wiesner said. "I have no complaints about the shots we were taking. They were good looks. They just weren't falling.
After the Cardinals stretched their lead to 38-24 on a Sydney Schimel 3-pointer, Molalla used a full court press to get back into the game, turning steals into layups.
"It's so exciting when you get that first steal," said Curry, who sparked the comeback with 11 points in the third quarter. "You keep getting them and there's so much momentum that comes off of it. It's just really exciting and it gets everyone going."
A Zoe Wood layup tied the game at 44-44 with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"We were just really determined to get that press going and everybody was working together and we all had one goal to come back and we did," Greer said. "Everybody was excited and it just kept fueling the fire."
But Molalla was not able to take the lead just yet as Corbett senior Savana Wolfe buried two 3-pointers to put the Cardinals up 50-46 entering the fourth.
After a back-and-forth start to the fourth quarter, Molalla took the lead for good, 57-56, with 4:35 to go when Curry scored in the paint on an inbounds pass from Wood.
The Indians then closed the game on a 14-2 run.
"They played with a lot of heart and played very smart and hard basketball," Wiesner said. "They did a great job. They wanted it and they put it on the floor. They made that extra effort when they probably didn't think they had it in them. They just played a heck of a ball game."
Curry finished with 18 points to lead Molalla. Greer and freshman Amy Willis each had 15 points. Wood and Hannah Nelzen each added 10.
The Indians are not expecting Lisac back anytime soon, but are hoping for the best.
"It's going to hurt but we want to extend the season for as long as we can to see if we can get her back," Curry said. "We want to do it so she can have an end to her senior season rather than it ending on the Country Christian court."
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