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Logger girls advance into Tri-Districts
DARRINGTON The Darrington Loggers girls basketball team got hot at the right time and moved on to Tri-Districts with a convincing win over Christian Faith 54-32 on Feb. 12.
Caitlin Pendergrass continued her strong play in the latter half of the season with nine points and eight steals. Senior Jordan Corley led the way offensively with 16 points for the Loggers while Freshman Hailey Wales added 15.
Right off the bat the Loggers took the game to the Eagles with point guard Kimi Woodward dishing off an assist for the first basket of the game to Hailey Wales. Wales then knocked down a long 2-pointer and her sister Randi Wales scored on a turnaround jumper in the post to give Darrington a quick 6-0 lead.
The Loggers trapping defense caused a lot of confusion for the Eagles attack, which wound up turning the ball over 32 times on the game. After one quarter Darrington staked out a 13-5 lead.
To begin the second quarter Christian Faith made a run to close the gap to 13-11. Darrington called a timeout and went back inside to Randi Wales for another basket to stop the Eagles momentum. Jordan Corley hit a free throw-line jumper and then found Hailey Wales underneath for a basket plus a foul as Darrington pushed their lead to 20-12.
Darrington made a big push before halftime to increase their lead and demoralize the Eagles. Caresse Baker came up with a crucial steal while the Loggers were in a full-court press and fed Hailey Wales under the basket for a layup. On the Loggers next possession Daneen Green calmly hit a 3-pointer from the wing that completely deflated the Christian Faith fans in attendence. The basket made the score 25-14 and Kimi Woodward added a three of her own right as the halftime buzzer sounded to give the Loggers a 28-14 edge at the break.
The Loggers extended their lead in the third quarter and got several impressive individual plays. Pendergrass stole a pass on defense and went coast-to-coast, weaving through traffic on her way to a layup. Corley employed a bit of trickery on a backdoor cut, shedding her defender for an easy basket at the rim to make the score 38-20. Corley pulled off the same backdoor cut to start the fourth quarter and the Loggers pulled away to win easily.
What a hard fought win for us, said Coach Ben Bryson. The team played outstanding defense, which is something weve concentrated on all year. Weve preached defense and the girls responded by only allowing 37 points per game this year. Caitlin coming up with eight steals changed the game for us.
Darrington got impressive performances individually from their stars, but also some key contributions from the role players.
Daneen Green came in off the bench and hit a huge 3-pointer, said Bryson. It turned a close game into a blowout at halftime.