By Brett Tallman • Brett Tallman • 

Braves pounce on Tigers in Cowapa League opener

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterYamhill-Carlton guard Journey Adams (2) fights for a loose ball against Banks.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
Yamhill-Carlton guard Journey Adams (2) fights for a loose ball against Banks.

YAMHILL – A difficult season for the Yamhill-Carlton girls basketball team was made tougher in its first league game.

Banks led 40-9 at the half in eventually dispatching the Tigers, 79-19, in Tuesday night’s Class 4A Cowapa League game at Yamhill-Carlton High School.

Y-C coach Buzz Ready still found a lot to be proud of.

“The score doesn’t dictate our performance,” he said. “We played hard until the end.”

And in spite of the score, the Tigers (0-15, 0-1 Cowapa) did play hard. Three Tigers scored Tuesday night, with senior Cheyenne O’Loughlin putting up 13 of Yamhill-Carlton’s 19 points, playing nearly the entire game.

The respective efforts of senior Valeri Wilson and junior Alex Ready were also a source of pride for their coach. Wilson went into the game with a broken finger and played 24 minutes with her injury. Ready – the daughter of the Y-C coach – played 29 of 32 total minutes in Y-C’s full-court, man-to-man defense.

Megan Bunn led the Braves (9-5, 1-0) with 16 points, as all 12 Banks players scored against Yamhill-Carlton.

Early in the game, Tigers players and fans had a scare when sophomore Makaya Challinor left the game in an ambulance after a head injury.

“She’s okay,” Buzz Ready said the next day. “She has a mild concussion and a strained neck.”

Ready expects Challinor to miss at least a week of play while she recovers.

The Tigers’ season continues tonight against Astoria at home. Y-C then travels to Tillamook for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday.

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