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Lady Loggers split two league games
The Lady Loggers rang in the new year with two Northwest 1A/2B victories Jan. 2-6.
Darrington improved to 3-1 in league play and 6-4 overall with wins over Orcas Island and Shoreline Christian.
Saturday, Jan. 6, they were triumphant in a 53-37 road game at Eastsound in the San Juan Islands.
Senior guard Kristy Turner led all scorers with 17 points and classmate Jill Frable had 10 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.
At Orcas Island H.S.
Darrington 13 15 12 13 53
Orcas Island 9 9 6 13 37
Darrington Thompson 4, Pendergrass 8, Ashe 6, Turner 17, Corley 8, Frable 10. Orcas Island McClary 2, Moran-Hodge 2, Nigretto 4, L. Padbury 4, S. Padbury 3, Peacock 9, Thomas 8, Wrightsman 5. 3-point-goals Pendergrass 1, Turner 1, Peacock 1. Records Darrington 3-1 in league play and 6-4 overall. Orcas Island 2-2, 6-7.
The Shoreline Christian Lady Crusaders showed why they are undefeated Tuesday, Jan. 2, with a 74-44 defeat of the host Lady Loggers at the Darrington Community Center.
The win improved the dark green and white clad visitors record to 3-0 in Northwest 1A/2B play and 9-0 overall, while Darrington fell to 2-1, 5-4.
The Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage before junior guard Jordan Corley cut the lead in half with a 2-for-2 performance at the free throw line.
Unfortunately for Corley and her teammates, they were unable to chip away at the deficit and trailed 24-10 after the first quarter of play.
Darrington began the second quarter with a five-second inbound penalty that resulted in a turnover, and their offense continued to struggle against the Shoreline Christian full-court press defense.
Lets get a little bit rowdy, r-o-w-d-y, the handful of vocal and spirited Darrington cheerleaders yelled to those in attendance.
Turner snapped a 5-0 SC run with a free throw at 4:38 in the second quarter to make the score 29-11 and after surrendering five points to SC, went a perfect 2-for-2 at the free throw line for a 34-13 score.
Junior Caitlin Pendergrass took advantage of the Lady Loggers being in the bonus after SC picked up their tenth foul and sank four out of six from the stripe to cut the lead in half at 34-17.
Pendergrass added a long two-pointer shortly before the halftime buzzer and her teammates trailed 44-19 at intermission.
The Lady Crusaders came out of their locker room on fire in the third quarter and erupted for a 10-0 run, and their stifling full-court press held Darrington scoreless the first seven minutes.
Senior guard Kylie Thompson went a perfect 2-for-2 free throws and Ashe drained a three pointer to avoid a goose egg in the scorebook.
Logger power, echoed loud and proud off of the gymnasium walls as the DHS cheerleaders led the charge.
Although Darrington scored nearly as many points (20) in the final frame of play as the first three combined (24), it was too little, too late to overcome the 56-24 deficit.
Turner added seven fourth-quarter points and junior Natasha Green drained five points to lead the 20-point effort of the final quarter of play, but they were unable to stop SC from feeling so comfortable behind the three-point arc.
Coach Benny Bryson was quick to praise the play of the opposition, adding that SC plays year round at various basketball camps to improve their game.
We had bad rotations on the court and they (SC) just shot the lights out tonight, Bryson said afterward.
They have owned us the past couple of years, he said in humble defeat.
He said he told his team afterward that they must shake off the loss and begin to prepare for Orcas Island.
We have to pull out the second or third spot for the playoffs and Orcas is right there.
At Darrington Community Center
Shoreline Christ. 24 20 12 18 74
Darrington 10 9 5 20 44
Shoreline Christian Barrick 12, Lam 6, Daignenault 3, Hodges 13, Ott 8, J.DeKoekkoek 16, Woods 16. Darrington Pendergrass 8, Ashe 6, Green 9, Turner 12, Corley 3, Woodward 2, Frable 4. 3-point goals Barrick 1, Lam 2, Hodges 2,DeKoekkoek 3, Woods 2, Ashe 2. Records Shoreline Christian 3-0 in league play and 9-0 overall. Darrington 2-1, 5-4.