By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Pirates shake off rust, shake up Sheridan

SHERIDAN – Perrydale girls basketball coach Terry Newton had words of caution for his team before Thursday night’s game against Sheridan: “You’re going to have rust.”

The game against the Class 3A Spartans at the Spartan Dome marked the second of the season for the Class 2A Pirates, and first since a Dec. 3 victory over Willamina. Indeed, Perrydale committed 14 turnovers and had little offensive flow against Sheridan.

“We wanted to eat our cake or dinner instead of waiting for it,” Newton said. “We just didn’t play together because we got greedy.”

Where the Pirates did succeed, was getting into the paint. Perrydale made 17 of its 24 attempts in the paint as it defeated the Spartans, 50-33.

“They were just driving and getting into the lane or passing and cutting, getting into it,” Sheridan coach Jordan Batey said. “They were getting in there by beating us off the dribble.”

The Spartans (1-3) committed 28 turnovers, including 11 in a complexion-changing third quarter. Perrydale (3-0) held a 28-18 lead entering the second half and expanded it to 39-23 in the next eight minutes.

Sheridan’s young squad – two seniors and four juniors among the 13 listed varsity players – struggled as the more experienced Pirates employed a full-court press early in the game.

“We were ready for the press, but I don’t think we were ready for the pressure,” Batey said. “We just didn’t take care of the ball.”

Perrydale junior forward Telaney Newton led all scorers with 11 points, and Pirates forward Hannah Mitchell added 10 points, all coming in the first half. Senior guard Sarah Nelson scored nine points.

Sheridan forward Jill Nichols came off the bench to post team highs of seven points and six rebounds. Freshman post Natalia Rentsch had six points and six rebounds, and sophomore point guard Sianna Williams added six points.

Perrydale hosts Monroe tonight at 5:30 p.m. Sheridan played at Santiam Monday night in Mill City; the Spartans play this weekend in the Dune Country Classic, hosted by Reedsport High School. Sheridan’s first game is Friday at 4 p.m. against the Marshfield junior varsity.

In other action:


Dec. 13

Amity 39, Nyssa 33

HARRISBURG – Lindsay McShane’s 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals paced the Warriors in their Harrisburg Tournament championship victory over the Bulldogs, a fellow Class 3A opponent.

Caitlan Dumler added nine points for Amity, while Madelynn Krotzer and Maddie Worthington each grabbed seven rebounds. The Warriors started the game with a 12-4 first-quarter lead and kept Nyssa at bay from there.

Amity (3-1) plays at Gervais tonight at 6 p.m.


Dec. 12

Dayton 64, Catlin Gabel 9

PORTLAND – Kalina Ramos led all scorers with 16 points as the Pirates romped over the Eagles in Class 3A nonleague play.

Teddi Hop added 10 points for Dayton, and Shawnie Spink scored nine points. Maddie Shirley and Lucy Trujillo each contributed six points.

The Pirates (4-1) host Yamhill-Carlton in the Dayton Tournament Friday evening at 6 p.m.


Amity 57, Rogue River 32

HARRISBURG – The Warriors surged to a 30-13 halftime lead on the Chieftains, their Class 3A foe, en route to victory in the first round of the Harrisburg Tournament at Harrisburg High School.

Lindsay McShane had 12 points, 14 rebounds and five steals for Amity, while Madelynn Krotzer and Maddie Worthington each accumulated 17 rebounds. Victoria Howard scored nine points for the Warriors, while Caitlan Dumler and Krotzer had eight points apiece.


Willamina 42, Nestucca 18

WILLAMINA – Sydney France scored 17 points and Kasey Anderson filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the Class 3A Bulldogs poleaxed the Class 2A Bobcats.

Kylie Anderson scored seven points for Willamina, and Brooke France added two points and eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs (1-3) host City Christian tonight at 6 p.m.


Dec. 11

W. Mennonite 59, Scio 43

SCIO – Emma Gibb filled up the stat sheet with 25 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks as the Class 2A Lady Pioneers knocked off the Class 3A Loggers.

Madison Hull had nine points and six rebounds for Western Mennonite, while Jenna Christenson and Amy Rausch each scored eight points.

The Lady Pioneers (4-0) hosted Class 3A Creswell on Monday. Western hosts Class 4A Valley Catholic on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.