Bulldogs hound younger Warriors
AMITY – Willamina’s defense – especially that of sisters Kasey and Whitney Anderson – was the difference Saturday night as the Bulldogs topped Amity 43-28.
The Anderson sisters had seven steals a piece and Willamina (9-0, 2-0) finished with 22 takeaways as a team.
“What we talked about coming in is they’re a good basketball team, and if we sit back they can get good looks,” Willamina head coach Tom Anderson said. “Our idea is to keep pressure on the ball in the half court, and we did create some turnovers.”
Willamina has now won nine straight games after dropping their first two of the season.
It wasn’t a great shooting night for either team. Amity (9-3, 1-1) finished 11-for-43 from the field (25 percent) and Willamina shot 17-of-47 (36 percent). But Willamina was able to find enough looks to pull away in the third quarter.
“When they don’t fall you just have to stay confident and keep shooting,” Anderson said. “Something that’s been a strength for us this year is having six kids that can score … (and) sharing the basketball – drawing in the double team and then making the extra pass.”
Willamina finished with 26 points in the paint, a combination of layups off steals and dump passes down low to post players.
Kasey Anderson scored 12 points and dished out five assists - both team highs. Whitney Anderson and Zoey Holsclaw each had 10 points and Kyra Toney had nine points to go with eight rebounds.
It wasn’t a blowout, but a slow burn for Reg McShane’s Warrior squad. He said he was pleased his team kept fighting.
“I think we got a little intimidated,” McShane said. “When you do that, bad things happen.”
Amity’s only lead was 4-2 after an offensive rebound and putback by Maddie Worthington. The Bulldogs finished the first quarter on a 9-2 run.
Willamina led 19-12 at half and outscored Amity 13-5 in the third to build a lead too big for an Amity comeback.
Amity outrebounded Willamina 27-23 and continued to do good work on the offensive boards, finishing with 11 second-chance points.
“We had some good looks but they just didn’t fall,” McShane said. “But the big difference was the turnovers, and so many of those were unforced.”
Worthington, Caitlin Dumler and Allie Steele all had five points for Amity. Lindsay McShane was held to 4 points, but did collect a game-high 10 rebounds.
“Most important thing for us right now is to learn each game.” Reg McShane said. “We have to work on offensive entry and a little bit on defense in terms of being able to play a few more defenses to change it up.”