Dumler shines in Amity's 12th WVL win


Of the News-Register

AMITY – Caitlan Dumler, Amity’s lone senior, was honored by her team and the crowd prior to the Warriors’s last Class 3A West Valley League regular season home game against Westside Christian on Tuesday.

Once the game started, she stole the show again.

Dumler scored 12 points for the Warriors in a 64-42 win over Westside to stay tied for first place with Dayton. Amity head coach Reg McShane said that it was her best performance of the year.

“She played inspired offense for us. She played pretty darn good defense, too,” he said. “She showed what she can do, and we needed it.”

With the Eagles defense spread wide to cover three-point shooters like Madelynn Krotzer, Lindsay McShane and Victoria Howard, Dumler crashed into the paint and got to the basket again and again, earning seven trips to the foul stripe on the evening.

McShane scored a team-high 15 points, while Howard chipped in 10. McShane also grabbed 10 rebounds for Amity.

“She’s tough to defend because she can go inside, but if you leave her open on the outside, she can hit,” Reg McShane said of his daughter. “That’s an advantage for us. She had a good game.”

Amity suffered a rebounding deficit in the first half but went on to grab a combined 50 boards.

“When you’re in (1-3-1 zone), it’s pretty tough,” McShane said of his team’s rebounding. “Probably 35 percent of their shots were at the three-point line or just inside it. The ball was going out to the free throw line or deep.”

But holding the Eagles to contested outside shots was key in the long run – Westside Christian shot 27 percent from the field and the Warriors went on to win convincingly, their 12th conference victory.

“We ran the offense pretty well and played pretty darn good defense, which got us a lot of opportunities,” McShane noted. “They hit some three pointers, but they didn’t have too many good looks at the basket. It was a team effort.”

Amity (19-4, 12-1 WVL) heads into tonight’s regular season finale, a 5:30 p.m. game at Santiam Christian, still tied for the league lead with Dayton. McShane said that it’s those kinds of team efforts that have propelled his squad to the cusp of a conference title.

“I think our kids played team basketball. In the last four or five weeks, we’ve played our best team basketball, which is why it looks like we’re clicking and getting good shots,” he said.