Scappoose girls basketball improving, working for NWOC wins
Rebuilding a program from the stakes up can be a slow burn, one that takes years to transpire.
Yet, after a tough two-win season with one too many lopsided losses for her competitive liking, Scappoose girls' basketball coach Sarah Mann has positioned the Indians for a swift sea change.
Already, the Indians have bested last year's record, winning three non-league games with two to go. Scappoose is shooting the ball better, executing Mann's intricate, well-thought-out offense and scoring the rock at a much higher clip as highlighted by their season-opening 68-point outburst at Hood River Valley. The Indians have been abundantly competitive in three of their four losses, a positive omen as Scappoose embarks on its quest for Northwest Oregon Conference relevancy and respect. This team is determined to have a successful season and put the program back on the map under the watchful of Mann, who enters her second year at the helm after years of being an assistant coach.
"We have the majority of our program with a hunger to get better, they step into the gym every day focused on playing their role better than they did the day before," Mann said. "We are working with a good attitude and effort and committed to making forward progress."
The Indian program is young. Mann said more than half of the Scappoose operation is made up of sophomores and freshmen. Freshmen Adison Stoddard and Dylan Mann are each averaging more than 15 minutes per game. Other varsity returners include Maddie Templin, Alivia Wills, Samantha Smith, Molly Gray, and Molly Hagen.
Senior Allison Wills is Scappoose's team captain and a Pacific University women's basketball prospect. On a tough night in Silverton where Scappoose only put up 19 points, Willis battled her way to a team-high 10.
"She has been a workhorse her entire career," Mann said. "She is exceptional off the court as well. She leads our stat sheets in minutes played, scoring, and three-point shooting. She is solid everywhere."
Senior post Gaby Dague had her junior season was shortened by injury last year, but she's making up for lost time in a big way. Dague is the Indians' leading rebounder and scorer so far this season, anchoring Scappoose's offense with sound play in the paint and around the rim.
"You can tell she is not taking any moment for granted," Mann said. "She is 100 percent effort every single day, practice or games. She is physical and strong."
Mann said La Salle and Wilsonville are undeniably the top-ranked teams in the NWOC, yet hopes the Indians can make a playoff push and shoots for one of the league's top-four automatic Class 5A postseason bids. To get there, Mann said, Scappoose has to piece together a complete four-quarter game every night, no letdowns or lookaheads allowed.
"We want to see continued growth in skill development and team chemistry," Mann said. "We have a commitment to attitude and effort; this is our heart and soul- what we believe help grow us to the next level in our team's journey."
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