WALDPORT — A slow Wednesday evening start wasn’t about to stand in the way of the Waldport High School girls basketball team earning its second win of the season.
Junior guard/wing Charity Smith tallied a team-high 12 points, freshman post/forward Lillyn LeGrand came up big down the stretch and the Irish recovered from a nightmare first quarter to down 2A-4 Sunset Conference-foe Gold Beach 43-38 on Waldport’s home court.
“The most exciting part about this victory was watching my team stay ahead of the mental game that is basketball,” Waldport head coach Keleah Pinto said after the Irish moved to 2-1 in league play, 2-2 overall. “And the most exciting thing overall about tonight was how we shifted momentum our way.”
The Panthers (1-1, 2-1), who won their two previous games by an average of 18.5 points, raced to a 19-7 lead after the first quarter as the Irish had no answer for Gold Beach junior Kailina Hamilton. She tallied 11 of her game-high 17 points in the opening eight minutes.
Waldport began to right the ship and cut into the Panthers’ lead with a more aggressive effort on the offensive end, outscoring Gold Beach by eight in the second quarter to whittle the Irish deficit to 25-21 at the half.
With just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Irish forged ahead on a bucket from the top of the key by junior guard/wing Hadley McSharry, then buckled down for an intense fourth quarter.
It was then that LeGrande rose to the challenge, scoring six of Waldport’s eight points in the final frame to lockdown the come-from-behind victory.
“This was real a team win, and it took everybody on this team to get that win for sure,” Pinto said.
Waldport, which lost 49-40 to Bandon on Monday at home, is scheduled to travel Saturday to Myrtle Point for another 2A-4 Sunset Conference matchup.
19 6 8 5 — 38
7 14 14 8 — 43
GOLD BEACH — Gabby Ramos-Perez 3 0-0 6, Kailina Hamilton 6 4-6 17, Max Jones 2 0-0 4, Cadence Wilstead 0 0-0 0, Gabby Clifford 1 2-2 4, Madi Allen 0 3-4 3, Emma Armstrong 0 0-0 0, Rosie Springer 0 0-0 0, Marissa Margolis 0 2-2 2, Jessie Quesada 1 0-0 2. Totals: 12 11-14 38.
WALDPORT — Hadley McSharry 2 5-6 9, Kylie Burk 0 0-4 0, Charity Smith 4 3-5 12, Jessica Dooley 0 2-2 2, Hailee Hanks 2 0-1 4, Elise Green 0 0-0 0, Cayden Ritchey 1 5-6 8, Airyanna Paden 0 0-0 0, Baylee Dunn 0 0-0 0, Lillyn LeGrand 3 0-0 6, Mallarie Haines 1 0-1 2. Totals: 13 15-25 43.
3-point goals — Gold Beach 1 (Hamilton), Waldport 2 (Ritchey, Smith). Total fouls — Gold Beach 21, Waldport 16. Fouled out — Hamilton.
Toledo splits first two games
The Boomer girls rebounded from a 43-26 season-opening defeat Monday at home against Myrtle Point to post a 43-28 win on the road Wednesday at Reedsport in a pair of 2A-4 Sunset Conference contests.
Details from both games were not provided to the News-Times prior to deadline.
Toledo is scheduled to travel Saturday to take on Gold Beach.
Cubs drop a pair
At Newport, after falling 48-35 on Tuesday to 4A-3 Oregon West Conference-rival Sisters, the Newport girls basketball team dropped a 53-32 decision Wednesday to Cascade in a non conference game. Both were played at Newport’s Spangler Court.
The Cubs (0-1, 0-2) travel today (Friday) to take on Sweet Home in a league game.
Taft 34, Warrenton 25
At Lincoln City, the Tigers opened the season Tuesday with a 3A-3 Coastal Range League win.
Taft was scheduled Thursday to host Nestucca in a non conference game.
Taft, Toledo, Newport tri-meet
At Newport, the Taft High School boys and Newport girls were the team champions Monday, May 24, when Toledo and the Tigers swam against the Newport in a season-opening meet.
The Taft boys scored 140 points, followed by Newport with 36 and Toledo, which tallied 6. Junior Sam Cortes paced the Tiger boys with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke. Cortes also swam a leg on two of Taft’s winning relay teams. The Tiger boys also received victories from freshman Noah Serrato in the 100 freestyle, Angel Morreno in the 100 breaststroke and Caleb Cortes claimed a win in the 50 freestyle.
Peter Perucci scored wins for Newport in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, while freshman teammate Sam Postlewait won the 200 freestyle and placed second in the 100 backstroke.
The Newport girls won each individual and and relay event in scoring 152 points whole Taft tallied 56 and Toledo scored 3 points.
Cubs senior Lauren Bobo-Sishler won the 100 and 200 freestyle events, freshman Layla Bretz won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, freshman Claire Hurty won the 500 freestyle and freshmen Pia Lihou won the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle.
The Cubs are scheduled to travel today (Friday) to Lebanon for another tri-meet against Lebanon and Sweet Home.
Toledo wins twice
The Toledo boys basketball team opened the season with a pair of 2A-4 Sunset Conference wins, defeating Myrtle Point/Powers 59-42 on Monday at home before knocking off Reedsport on Wednesday on the road.
The Boomers travel Saturday to Gold Beach before hosting Lincoln County School District rival-Waldport on Tuesday.
Cubs earn split
The 4A-3 Oregon West Conference Cubs boys posted 43-36 league win Tuesday at Sister before dropping a Wednesday evening non conference game, 57-30 at home to Cascade.
Tonight (Friday), Newport (1-2) was slated to host Sweet Home on a league game.
Irish earn first win
At Waldport, the Irish broke into the win column Wednesday with a 66-59 defeat of Gold Beach in a 2A-4 Sunset Conference game. On Monday, Waldport fell 65-46 to Bandon.
After falling behind by 20 points at halftime against Bandon, the Irish fought their way back into contention with a strong effort in the third quarter.
“Although Waldport lost, we competed and played hard,” Irish head coach Matt Brown wrote in his game report. “We are proud of our players in terms of their effort, competitive drive, and persistence.”
Information from Wednesday’s win against Gold Beach was unavailable as of the News-Times sports’ deadline.
Warrenton 63, Taft 26
At Warrenton, the Warriors posted the Tuesday evening 3A-3 Coast Range League win over Taft (0-3, 0-4).
Game details were unavailable as of deadline.
Siuslaw downs, Toledo, SVC/EC
At Florence, the Vikings scored a pair of dual victories Tuesday, besting Toledo 31-24 and Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter, 36-12.
The Boomers received victories from Logan Gerding and Trenton Hutchinson. Gerding won his 120-pound match by 20-7 decision over Yoskar De la Mora, asndf Hutchinsonb posted a 3-1 defeat of Mason Buss last 170.
Joshua Johnson scored a second-round pin for Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter at 152 over John Corser.