Wednesday, February 13, 2013
PERRYDALE -- Learning how to finish has become a major priority for the Perrydale girls basketball team.
It has to be, after the Pirates' monumental collapse in a disappointing loss to Casco League rival St. Paul Feb. 1.
In a tight win over Country Christian last week, Perrydale (21-4, 13-1 Casco) took some major steps in the right direction.
"We were 13 for 14 from the free-throw line and I thought we played really well down the stretch," Perrydale coach Luke Lindell said of Thursday's 37-27 victory. "Ashley Griffin, Hannah Mitchell and Cheyenne Locke stepped up and made some big plays. The way we closed out that game, I think it was big mentally for our kids."
Griffin led the Pirates with 12 points and Mitchell added 10 points as the squad looks ahead to Saturday's Casco playoff title game, set for 5 p.m. at McMinnville High.
St. Paul (20-5, 13-1) will be waiting, with the winner getting the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the Class 1A playoffs. The loser, on the other hand, will take the No. 2 seed and will host a first-round playoff game Wednesday.
"We're going to look at what we did very well against them the last time we played," Lindell said of the Buckaroos, who overcame a 19-point halftime deficit to beat Perrydale 49-46 Feb. 1. The Pirates won the first matchup back on Dec. 18, 40-35.
"The bottom line is we have to play better. We have to get back to the fundamentals and foundation of how we play defense," Lindell said.
FALLS CITY MAKES CASCO PLAYOFFS:
With a 29-22 victory over C.S. Lewis Saturday in the conference tiebreaker, the Mountaineers stayed alive for at least one more game as they traveled to face Jewell in the first round of the Casco playoffs Tuesday after the Itemizer-Observer went to press. Falls City lost the contest, 44-32, to end its season at 9-15 overall and 4-9 in the Casco League. Carrie Mack and Arcelia Castle each scored eight points to lead Falls City in Saturday's win over C.S. Lewis, which was aided by the return of Anna Dixon (five points) from a sprained ankle.
LEAGUE TITLE ELUDES PERRYDALE:
With two losses last week to Jewell and Country Christian, the Pirates' chances at a Casco League title were put to rest. The good news? Perrydale still has a shot at the No. 1 seed heading into next week's Class 1A playoffs. Philipp Heusel and Justin Cruickshank each scored 12 points in Friday's 45-41 loss to Country Christian and Chad Price netted a team-high 18 points in the Pirates' 63-58 overtime loss to Jewell Feb. 5. Perrydale hosted C.S. Lewis Tuesday after press time in the conference's first round. Perrydale won the contest, 70-35, led by Kellen Schwebs'19 points. The Pirates advance to Thursday's 7:45 p.m. second round (at McMinnville High) to face Jewell, a winner over St. Paul. Thursday's winner will face Casco regular-season champion Country Christian in a 6:45 p.m. matchup at McMinnville. For updates on Tuesday's game, see www.polkio.com/ns/sports.
FALLS CITY CONCLUDES SEASON:
Ethan McConnell scored 17 points and Tristan Yeager added 13 points as the Mountaineers (3-22, 0-12 Casco) wrapped up their season with a 44-40 loss to C.S. Lewis Thursday. Falls City dropped its other contest last week, falling to St. Paul 46-21 Feb. 5. Yeager scored a team-high seven points in the setback.
CASCO LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Perrydale (13-1) vs. St. Paul (13-1)
Saturday, 5 p.m.
McMinnville High School.
What's at stake:
After tying for the regular season league title, both Perrydale (13-1) and St. Paul (13-1) received byes to Saturday's Casco championship game to determine seeding for the Class 1A playoffs. The winner will get the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, while the loser will receive the No. 2 seed and will host a first-round playoff game. Falls City played in the first round of the Casco playoffs at Jewell Tuesday after the Itemizer-Observer went to press. The Mounts fell, 44-32, to conclude their season at 9-15 overall, 4-9 Casco.