Girls basketball: Willamina knocks Sheridan aside


WILLAMINA – For its Class 3A West Valley League rivalry game against Willamina, the Sheridan girls basketball team dusted off a game plan familiar to the Bulldogs: keep junior point guard Kasey Anderson away from the ball.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, another K. Anderson made them pay.

Kylie Anderson, a 5-foot-6 freshman wing and Kasey Anderson’s younger sister, led all scorers with 12 points as Willamina triumphed over Sheridan, 34-21, on Tuesday night.

“I was really happy because I made three threes,” Kylie Anderson said. “I did really good tonight (shooting). I haven’t been doing good the last few games.”

Kasey Anderson contributed eight points for the Bulldogs (14-8, 8-5 WVL), which led the Spartans (4-18, 1-12) 22-10 at the half and 27-13 after three quarters. Sydney France and Brooke France each scored six points for Willamina.

Sheridan was led by freshman Natalia Rentsch, who had nine points and four rebounds on the night.

“We knew she could do something like this,” Spartans coach Jordan Batey said. “She’s shown that throughout the year. She’s just got to do it every night.”

Kiatia Mack scored five points for Sheridan, and Sianna Williams added four points.

Batey was pleased with the Spartans outrebounding the Bulldogs 29-25 on the evening but disappointed in Sheridan attempting eight free throws on the night, making three. Willamina went 11-for-28 from the charity stripe.

“We’ve got to get better at not putting ourselves in positions for the official to blow the whistle,” Batey said. “Defensively, I thought we played pretty good. We were still in it – with three minutes left, we were down only eight.”

Willamina, the No. 4 team in the WVL, plays Westside Christian tonight at 6 p.m. in Portland. The game will likely be a preview of a league playoff game, as the Eagles hold the No. 5 seed in the West Valley.

Sheridan hosts Taft tonight at 5:30 p.m.

In other action:

Feb. 10

McMinnville 59, McKay 17

McMINNVILLE – The Grizzlies outscored the Royal Scots 42-7 in the first half en route to a Class 6A Greater Valley Conference victory.

Audrey McMillan led all scorers with 12 points for McMinnville, and Kayla Heuberger scored 10 points. Freshman forward Alix Williams added eight points.

The Grizzlies (10-10, 5-7 GVC) play McNary tonight in Keizer at 5:45 p.m.

Dayton 44, Santiam Christian 28

ADAIR VILLAGE – Kalina Rojas and Shawnie Spink each scored 14 points as the Pirates defeated the Eagles in Class 3A West Valley League play.

Rojas added 16 rebounds for Dayton, and Spink contributed five assists. Teddi Hop supplemented their efforts with eight points and five rebounds.

The Pirates (20-3, 12-1 WVL), tied atop the West Valley with Amity, play Horizon Christian tonight in Tualatin at 6 p.m.

W. Mennonite 56, East Linn Christian 39

LINCOLN – The Lady Pioneers outscored the Eagles 22-5 in the fourth quarter in their Class 2A Tri-River Conference victory.

Madison Hull accumulated 19 points and nine rebounds for Western Mennonite, while Jenna Christenson added 17 points. Emma Gibb had seven points, 11 rebounds and four steals for the Lady Pios.

Western Mennonite (20-4, 13-0 TRC) hosts Santiam tonight at 6 p.m.

Perrydale 48, Santiam 31

MILL CITY – The Pirates stuffed the Wolverines in their Class 2A Tri-River Conference matchup.

Perrydale (12-9, 7-6 TRC) hosts St. Paul tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 9

W. Mennonite 64, St. Paul 33

LINCOLN – Jenna Christenson had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven steals as the Lady Pioneers topped the Lady Buckaroos in Class 2A Tri-River Conference play.

Emma Gibb had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Elyssa Fahndrich added 11 points for Western Mennonite. Madison Hull contributed seven points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.