Photo by Jennifer Halley
Dragon Jessica Furman collides with a Fox during their game against Silverton on Feb. 23
As of Wednesday, February 28, 2018
DALLAS — The Dragons (2-12, Mid-Willamette Conference, 8-15) struggled against the intensity of Silverton (12-2, MWC 19-5) Friday night and lost their last game of the season, 56-35.
In the first quarter, the Dragons came up five points behind the Foxes after going for three minutes without scoring, with offense hanging onto the ball and unable to find an opportunity to shoot.
At half time, the Dragons were 15 behind the Foxes, but in a better position than the last time they went up against them, coach Tim Ehlers said.
“When you dig into these deficits, we have to work two to three times harder to get back in the game,” Ehlers said. “Meaning you have to make defensive stops and of course get scores.”
The third quarter was slow, and saw the Dragons struggling to score and close the gap between the Foxes, allowing Silverton to seal the game.
The Foxes brought their heat for the entirety of the game, scoring 11 3-pointers, nabbing 14 steals, raking in turnovers, and getting numerous second chances for scoring opportunities.
Having been honored at Senior Night prior to the game, the Dallas seniors went into the game feeling that emotion.
“You never how emotions will affect the players, but I think the seniors handled it really well,” Ehlers said. “Yes, there were a few tears, but they came to play the game and finish out their high school basketball days the best they can.”
Jessica Furman led with 10 points, Makayli Laizure came up with eight, and Emma Classen contributed seven. Overall, the team had 31 rebounds and eight assists.