SILETZ — The Siletz Valley girls basketball team only took its foot off the gas during the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 1A-3 Mountain West League debut last Thursday night against McKenzie.

Led by freshman post Neva Hamel and senior guard Jypsea Simmons, Siletz Valley leveled its season record with its second straight win, a 43-37 defeat of the Eagles that wasn’t as close as the final score made it look. The Warriors headed into a short holiday break at 1-0 in conference play, 2-2 overall, and aren’t slated to take the court again until a Dec. 27 non-league road game at Falls City.

Hamel tallied all but three of her team-leading 19 points in the first three quarters, and Simmons scored 10 by halftime and finished with 16. Simmons’ two first half 3-pointers were the only ones that fell from long distance for either school. McKenzie was making its season debut, and suited up just seven members of an eight-player roster

McKenzie junior Hailey Prater paced all scorers on the evening with 20 points, and was far and away the most aggressive of the Eagles on offense and defense.

Due to the pandemic and a September 2020 wildfire that torched nearly 175,000 acres of the McKenzie River Valley, the Eagles were playing their first meaningful basketball game in recent memory. When asked pregame against Siletz how his team looked, Eagles head coach Jack Deveraux smiled and said having the opportunity to play was a victory in itself.

Trailing 9-8 late in the first quarter, Hamel put Siletz Valley ahead for good with a drive and a layup, followed by a Simmons trey that gave the Warriors a 13-9 lead at the first break.

After Prater’s bucket got McKenzie to within 17-16 near the midpoint of the second quarter, Siletz Valley closed the half on a 9-0 run, punctuated by another Simmons 3-pointer with 48 seconds left.

The Warriors extended their lead to 16 points by the end of the third quarter, then hung on as a gutsy Eagles team fought with extra energy down the stretch while battling against mostly Siletz Valley reserves during the final eight minutes of play.

Following their game at Falls City, the Warriors get back to league play Dec. 30, when they travel to face Mapleton.

Dec. 16

McKenzie        9          7          8          13        —        37

Siletz Valley    13        13        14        3          —        43

McKENZIE — Adrian Caulley 3 1-8 7, Hannah Prater 8 4-15 20, Bekah Short 0 1-2 1, Hanna Prater 1 1-2 3, Kerrin Burwell-Steller 1 0-0 2, Spencer Hayes 1 2-4 4, Taylor Wickizer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 9-31 37.

SILETZ VALLEY — Taylor Oleman 0 0-0 0, Hailey Turner 1 0-0 2, Jypsea Simmons 7 0-0 16, Madison Goodell 2 2-7 6, Neva Hamel 9 1-2 19, Kareena Case 0 0-0 0, Nevaeh Jackson 0 0-0 0, Jazmine Murphy 0 0-0 0, Christy Buggar 0 0-0 0, Angel Oleman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 3-9 43.

3-point goals — McKenzie 0, Siletz Valley 2 (Simmons). Total fouls — McKenzie 12. Siletz Valley 25. Fouled out — Goodell, Murphy.

Irish win thrice

The way the Waldport girls basketball team played in scoring three wins last week, the Irish might not want to take a few days off for the holidays.

After sophomore Lillyn LeGrand led the Irish to a 37-29 win last Wednesday at 2A-1 Northwest League Nestucca, senior guard Hadley McSharry helped lift Waldport to back-to-back wins during the weekend at the Regis Holiday Tournament. On Friday, Waldport edged 3A Scio 38-36, then scored a Saturday 41-38 victory over the tournament’s host.

At Nestucca, the Bobcats had no answer for LeGrand in the post. She was 6-for-9 from the floor to lead the Irish in the scoring column with 15 points. Senior point guard Charity Smith added 14 points, eight steals and six rebounds for Waldport, and junior wing Cayden Ritchey contributed a team-high three assists.

McSharry sank a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 to go with three assists during Waldport’s Friday win over Scio at Regis. LeGrand scored 10, Ritchey collected seven points, seven steals and three assists and Smith tossed in eight points and three assists.

On Saturday, McSharry scored 12 and had five steals, LeGrand scored 11 and Ritchey dropped in seven points and snagged six boards.

The Irish were slated for non-league road games Monday at Vale and Tuesday at Nyssa before returning to action Dec. 27 at Western Christian.

Dec. 15

Waldport         4          9          5          19        —        37

Nestucca         6          4          9          10        —        29

WALDPORT — Lillyn LeGrand 6-9 3-8 15, Charity Smith 4-9 5-6 14, Hadley McSharry 1-13 2-2 4, Harper Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Mallarie Haines 1-2 0-0 2, Baylee Dunn 0-0 0-0 0, Cayden Ritchey 0-0 0-0 0, Airyanna Paden 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 16-36 10-16 37.

Waldport statistics: 3-point goals — 1-8 (Smith 1-2). Total fouls — 17. Fouled out — Ritchey. Rebounds — 27 (Smith 6). Assists — 8 (Ritchey 3). Steals — 22 (Smith 8). Turnovers — 28.

Dec. 17 at Regis Holiday Tournament

Waldport         8          17        4          9          —        38

Scio                 10        9          7          10        —        36

WALDPORT — Hadley McSharry 3-10 3-4 11, Lillyn LeGrand 2-8 6-6 10, Charity Smith 3-17 0-0 8, Cayden Ritchey 3-8 0-3 7, Baylee Dunn 1-2 0-0 2, Mallarie Haines 0-3 0-0 0, Airyanna Paden 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 12-50 9-13 38.

Waldport statistics: 3-point goals — 5-21 (McSharry 2-5, Smith 2-13). Total fouls — 11. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — 29 (Ritchey 7, Haines 7). Assists — 7 (McSharry 3, Smith 3). Steals — 18 (Ritchey 7).

Dec. 18 at Regis Holiday Tournament

Waldport         12        8          9          12        —        41

Regis               9          7          6          16        —        38

WALDPORT — Hadley McSharry 2-6 8-10 12, Lillyn LeGrand 5-13 1-4 11, Cayden Ritchey 3-4 2-7, Charity Smith 1-6 5-7 7, Airyanna Paden 1-3 0-0 2, Mallarie Haines 0-3 1-2 1, Baylee Dunn 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 12-37 17-30 41.

Waldport statistics: 3-point goals — 0-2. Total fouls — 14. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — 25 (Ritchey 6). Assists — 6 (Smith 4). Steals — 12 (McSharry 5).

Taft wins one, drops two

At Dayton, the Taft Tigers picked up a 51-26 win Friday over Perrydale sandwiched between a Thursday night 35-30 loss to Dayton and a Saturday 63-39 defeat at the hands of Santiam Christian in three games at the Dayton Classic tournament.

Information from all three games was unavailable prior to the News-Times sports’ print deadline.

Taft, which began this week 5-3, was scheduled to play non-league road games Tuesday at La Pine and Wednesday at Culver.

Newport loses twice

At Seaside, Newport lost a pair of games last week at the Seaside Holiday Classic tournament, falling 28-23 Thursday to Seaside, then dropping a 50-33 decision to Elma, Wash. The Cubs’ initially scheduled Friday night game against Elmira at the Dayton tournament was canceled.

On Thursday, Lilli Taylor had 13 points to lead the tournament hosts past Newport, while junior guard Avonly Wolf paced the Cubs with 10. Seaside iced the victory at the free-throw line, where the Gulls finished 6 of 17 on the evening.

Details from Newport’s loss to Elma were unavailable as of deadline.

In their next action, the Cubs are scheduled to host a two-day tournament and start with a 6:30 p.m. game Dec. 28 against Taft at Spangler Court.

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