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The Indians master the Skyhawks' pressure en route to a double-digit home win.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Southridge's Grace Manriquez Botelho posts up against Scappoose's Jordan Melendez during the two teams' game Thursday night, Dec. 9, at Scappoose High School.Two young and inexperienced teams looking to get better. That's what you had when Southridge traveled to Scappoose this past Thursday night. But ultimately someone had to win, and despite that youth and inexperience, along with a 6A Metro League opponent, the Indians defeated the Skyhawks 49-31, Dec. 9, at Scappoose High School.

Scappoose (2-2) was led by junior Maddie Swadley and sophomore Peyton Lennox who each tallied nine points, in addition to Dylan Mann and Jessica Nelson who notched eight apiece. The team fought-off early offensive struggles and a relentless full court Southridge press to get the win, one that Indians head coach Sarah Mann said she felt coming based on the work they've been doing in between games.

"We got the ball where we wanted to get it," Mann said. "We lacked paint touches in the last game against a zone defense. We really worked on that in practice and it translated tonight."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose's Maddie Swadley dribbles the ball up the court with Southridge's Isabella Loitz in chase during the two teams' game Thursday night, Dec. 9, at Scappoose High School.Early on the Skyhawks' press stifled the Indians and on more than one occasion led to backcourt violations. But as the first half progressed, Scappoose became more comfortable with what they were seeing and were able to diffuse what had previously been a valuable Southridge weapon.

"Historically we've kind of struggled with full court pressure, but I think we turned a corner in the offseason," Mann said. "This was the first full game that we had to execute our offense in the full court and I was fairly pleased."

Southridge (1-2), who has but one senior and seven sophomores on their roster, is getting better game by game according to head coach Michael Bergmann.

"We're improving each day and we're definitely better now than we were to start the year," Bergmann said. "We have some ups and downs to go through, but definitely improving."

The Skyhawks trailed by seven after a quarter, 10 at the half, and 12 after three quarters, but battled until the end. Bergmann said that type of fight has been characteristic of this team, but while tough, they also have frequently allowed other teams to dictate the play to the detriment of their own performance.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Southridge's Jessica Nelson attacks the the Scappoose defense during the two teams' game Thursday night, Dec. 9, at Scappoose High School. "Mainly, it's been kind of us that's been the problem," Bergmann said. "We've been letting other teams get in our heads a little bit. We have some really strong girls, and really strong girls mentally, but they just don't have the experience and you're seeing that at times on the court."

Scappoose was playing without standout junior Sydney Liao due to injury, but Mann said the team offset her absence with depth and defense. Eight different Indians scored in the game and nine filled the stat sheet, something the Scappoose coach said was imperative against an opponent like Southridge.

"Sydney is one of our top scorers so the girls definitely stepped up and made things happen," Mann said. "Our bench brought a lot of depth for us tonight and I was real happy with our defensive intensity and execution in general. Southridge is a well-coached team and made it tough on us."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose's Peyton Lennox takes a shot from the baseline during the Indians' game against Southridge Thursday night, Dec. 9, at Scappoose High School.The game was the fourth of the season for the Indians, all of which have been against larger 6A schools. Mann said it's been a bit daunting, but at the same time beneficial to the team as they creep towards their 5A NWOC slate next month.

"We saw that schedule before the season and were like, 'wow,'" she said. "But it's been good, we've competed, and I think it's only going to grow our confidence."

Southridge was led by Audrey Meek who finished with eight points and five rebounds. Other Skyhawk scorers included: Madelynn Jimenez 6, Isabella Loitz 5, Genave Vera 4, Katelyn Stellingwerf 3, Rachel Powers 2, Marilyn Ramirez 2.

Scappoose scorers included: Lennox 9, Swadley 9, Mann 8, Nelson 8, Adison Stoddard 5, Kaitlin Dahla 5, Ellie Beulter 3, Jordan Melendez 3.


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