GARDEN VALLEY — After a tough 60-63 overtime loss to Victory Christian in the morning game, the Golden Sierra girls basketball team bounced back Saturday night to defeat Lutheran 52-45 and take second in the second annual Darren Tillotson Memorial Tournament.
“We talked about calming it down, running our patterns and a list of stuff (after the morming’s loss),” senior Gwen Brown said. “We’re getting better in each game. I think we have a great team. We support each other on and off the court.”
Kaylee Schrader, Golden Sierra’s point leader in the tournament, converted a three-point play to open Saturday night’s game, and after Sarah Scroggins swished a three-pointer from the wing, Schrader added one of her own as the Grizzlies raced out to a 9-0 lead. The Panthers fought back but with a basket from Leah Parkhurst and two freebies from Rachel Parkhurst, the Griz held them off and after one period still had a 13-9 advantage.
With Schrader’s back-door cut, a corner three from Emily Matthews, Brown’s layup and Leah’s drive through the middle of the Panther defense for two, the Grizzly offense took control of the game in the second while the defense held Lutheran to just six points. Brown pounced on a loose ball and took it in for two and with seconds left in the period, dished to Schrader for a buzzer-beater to end the half with the Grizzlies on top 26-15.
Back-to-back threes from Matthews and Scroggins jump-started a 15-point quarter for Golden Sierra after the break. Buckets from Schrader and Brown kept it going and Rachel swished a three with 2:14 left, then made two from the charity stripe as the Grizzlies threatened to run away with the game. But the Panthers wouldn’t go away. Trailing by 14 at the start of the fourth, Lutheran rallied and with a pair of treys, a two-pointer and a three-point play, cut the deficit to five midway through.
Determined not to let victory slip away, Scroggins answered with a shot off the glass. Brown got the rebound on Scroggin’s next attempt, passed back out to her and this time Scroggins’ shot went in. Schrader kept the Grizzly momentum going with a free throw and a half hook for two. After a big block from Schrader on the other end of the court, Madisen Penley’s basket iced the outcome.
Schrader poured in 15 points, followed by Scroggins with 10. Rachel and Matthews each scored seven and Brown put up six in the contest. Matthews pulled down 13 boards, followed by Brown with 10 and Penley with eight. Schrader scored 15 in Friday night’s 46-26 Golden Sierra win over Delta, Mathews had nine, Brown bucketed eight and in her first start of the season, Penley put up six. Emily Reddish had four points, and Rachel and Scroggins bucketed two apiece.
Matthews, Schrader and Scroggins each scored 13 in Saturday’s early game. Victory Chrisitan raced out to a 19-9 lead after one quarter but Golden Sierra rallied for 22 second-quarter points to pull within a point, 31-32, by halftime. The Grizzlies still trailed by a single digit after both teams scored 15 in the third but sent the game to overtime with a 12-11 advantage in the final frame. In overtime, Victory Christian scored five with 3-for-5 from the line and a two pointer while the Grizzlies went cold, managing just 2-of-8 free throws.
“They made the free throws and we didn’t,” Golden Sierra coach Joe Scroggins said.
Schrader and Penley were named to the all-tournament team. “I think we finally came together, played with a lot of heart and played hard all weekend,” Schrader said. “We’ve got more chemistry this year.”
Prior to Saturday’s varsity game the Union Mine junior varsity team won the JV championship with a 34-20 victory over Golden Sierra.