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Perrydale girls basketball team defeated Willamette Valley Christian on Thursday.
As of Wednesday, December 20, 2017
PERRYDALE — Girls basketball coach Terry Newton has a new name for the Pirates.
“We’re not Perrydale, we’re Pressdale,” he said.
The Pirates have committed to the press, and the results have been encouraging.
Perrydale’s press forced Willamette Valley Christian into numerous turnovers during the Pirates’ 46-30 win on Thursday. Perrydale, which also defeated Klickitat 49-26 on Friday and Dufur 51-34 on Saturday to win the Ranger Tournament, has held opponents to 27.7 points per game through seven games.
“When you get after it as hard as we do, you're going to give up a few baskets, but we're not going to change,” Newton said. “Generally, our reward-to-risk was a lot better.”
Perrydale’s victories were made more impressive because of who wasn’t on the court.
Vanessa Miller and Amity Deters both missed all three games due to injuries.
“Everything changed for us,” Newton said. “We had eight or nine solid rotation players, now we’re playing players who weren’t expected to be on the floor, so to beat (WVC) by 16 like we did, we’re happy.”
Players have stepped up in a big way.
“Cody Lawrence played on Thursday and did a great job,” Newton said. “Sydney Lawrence is tough as nails. When we need a basket, she usually gets it for us.”
Sydney Lawrence scored a combined 45 points during the Pirates’ games on Friday and Saturday.
The Pirates will need players to continue stepping up. Newton said Alyssa Lux injured her knee during the weekend, which could leave Perrydale without three of its normal starters this week.
Perrydale played Country Christian Tuesday after press time. The Pirates play at Days Creek on Thursday.
“We’re working through the things we have to,” Newton said. “Our younger players are getting experience so when our injured girls come back, we’ll be deeper. I can't complain.”