As of Wednesday, January 31, 2018
PERRYDALE — The Perrydale girls basketball team are 10-0 in Casco League competition, earning two more wins last week against Willamette Valley Christian and Crosshill Christian.
The Pirates downed Willamette Valley Christian 51-25 on Jan. 23 and cruised to victory Friday against Crosshill Christian 44-20.
“We’re really young. We start three sophomores and two juniors, but they do a really good job of taking care of business right from the get-go,” said coach Terry Newton. “Some teams play around and let it be a game. These guys do a really good job of just getting out and getting control of the game quickly and riding the rest of it out.”
Perrydale (15-4, 10-0 Casco) played Jewell on Tuesday after press time and faces C.S. Lewis on Friday. A non-league contest against a strong Damascus Christian team on Saturday will be followed by the cross-county rivalry game with Falls City on Tuesday.
Damascus Christian stands to be a telling game, Newton said.
“That will be a good test for us, to tell where we are outside of the league,” Newton said. “We haven’t had a true chance to find that our because every game outside of our league, with the exception of the first two games, we’ve had players hurt.”
Now they are at close to full strength just in time to compete for a league title and good statewide ranking, Newton said.
BOYS BASKETBALL SPLIT TWO GAMES: The Pirates boys basketball team defeated Willamette Valley Christian 72-32 on Jan. 23 to set up Friday night showdown with Crosshill Christian that had league championship implications.
Going in to the game, Perrydale had only one league loss — to Crosshill Christian — while the Eagles are undefeated. If the Pirates got the better of the second match up, the team had a chance at a share of the conference title, if it won out.
Perrydale (15-5, 8-2 Casco) couldn’t put together the game it needed and lost 60-47.
“After the game, I felt like our kids played really, really hard, so I really couldn’t be too disappointed,” said coach Brian Domes. “They created a bunch of turnovers against us, but all being said I just walked away from that game thinking we just got beat by a better team today.”
Domes said Crosshill Christian’s superior depth broke down the Pirates starting five.
“They just keep coming at you. They’re relentless,” Domes said. “I’ve got to hand it to them. They play well and they play fast.”
Perrydale played Jewell on Tuesday after press time, followed by C.S. Lewis on Friday and Falls City on Tuesday. Saturday the Pirates take on Damascus Christian in a non-league match-up.