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Saturday's second win featured the team's first strong first quarter and a balanced scoring attack

An offensive flurry in the third quarter propelled the Molalla High girl's basketball team to its first win of the season, a 43-19 victory June 3 over visiting Estacada.

It wasn't easy, though. The Indians got off to a slow start and trailed Estacada 13-7 at the half.

"We had yet another slow start," coach Phil Wiesner said. "We've juggled the line-up, used different schemes, but can't seem to find the right formula to get off to a good start. Estacada came to play and took it to us."

FILE PHOTO - The Molalla girls basketball team used a big third quarter to come back and defeat Estacada on June 3.

Wiesner said that at the break, his squad did a good job of regrouping "and to a girl deciding it was time to come together and turn up the intensity dial. We were getting good defense from starters Ashley Goetz and Cinthia Camacho, plus Anna Parker coming off the bench. Julia Watson came in to contain their post, which had drawn four fouls off two of our posts. But we couldn't put any offense together."

That changed in the third quarter when Molalla outscored Estacada 26-4 to take control of the game.

"In the third quarter everybody joined the party," Wiesner said. "We were giving the Rangers difficult looks and only one chance while we converted at the offense end attacking the hoop."

Kaityn Curry had 11 points in the quarter, going 5-for-5 at the line along with three field goals. Hannah Nelzen scored 11 points in the second half and, according to Wiesner, "Anna Parker had a really good all-around game at both ends of the court, often on the floor diving after fifty-fifty balls and really closing down the passing lanes.

"Now our job is to carry this half of play into the second half of our season and really compete with people," Wiesner added.

Molalla is 2-3 overall and in league play.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Molalla High girls basketball team took a pair of wins from Estacada last week.

Molalla 57, Estacada 24

"We played a complete game of our kind of basketball for the first time this season," is how coach Phil Wiesner described Molalla's 57-24 win over Estacada Saturday.

In past games, Molalla has put together one to three quarters of good basketball, but not the complete game.

"We couldn't seem to put four quarters together on the same night," Wiesner said.

On Saturday, that wasn't the case as the Indians overcame another season-long issue -- the slow start. Sluggish first quarters had put Molalla behind the eight-ball early, but not so Saturday as they raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Estacada got its first bucket with a minute left in the quarter.

"We really played a team game with great defense, rebounding, and taking care of the ball," Wiesner said.

The offense featured a nice balance with five players scoring eight or more points. Kylie Brownlee led the way with 14 points, Hannah Nelzen, Rubie Burge, and Anna Parker chipped in with 8 and Kaityn Curry added 8.

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