Amity girls continue hot streak in WVL
Last year, the Warriors finished fourth and lost to Dayton in the first round of the league playoffs. This season, Amity (13-3, 6-1) is in second place, and it’s right on the heels of first-place Willamina.
“I’m actually happy with where we are right now,” Amity coach Reg McShane said. “I think we’ve done some things the last two or three weeks that have improved.”
Dayton (5-13, 4-3) struggled Friday at home and fell to the Warriors 49-34. The Pirates trailed 10-0 late in the first quarter, and were down 11-4 after the first. It was the Warriors ability to make adjustments that kept them in the lead for the entire game.
When the Pirates went to the 2-3 zone defense, McShane went to the flex offense, and it paid off for Amity.
“We were able to get the ball into the post,” McShane said. “We were able to get a different look, which we weren’t getting in the first quarter.”
The Pirates struggled to find a leader on the floor with its leading scorer, Maddie Shirley, on the bench for the game.
The Pirates relied on Maddy Garcia to run the point, and got eight points from Reagan White. Dayton post player Rachael Fluke supplied five points.
It was consistent scoring from Kiera Temple and Holly Worthington that propelled the Warriors to their eighth consecutive win. Temple finished the game with 16 points, while Worthington had 12. Delaney Cruz supplied a team-leading eight rebounds.
At halftime Dayton trailed 23-15 and struggled offensively in the third, losing the quarter 13-3. The flex offense allowed Amity to get the ball inside to Cruz and Lindsay McShane, who out-sized Dayton’s post players, and the two combined for 12 points in the paint.
“(Dayton) doesn’t have big players inside,” McShane said. “But they have kids that work hard, and they gave us a good game.”
Dayton has lost 6-of-8 and plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sheridan. Amity looks to win its ninth in a row at 6 p.m. today vs. Willamina. If the Warriors win, they will take over first place in the West Valley League standings.
“That’s been the difference with us this year,” McShane said. “We’re sharing the ball and we haven’t got our numbers down. If we miss a shot we don’t get down. Everyone has stepped up.”