Mapleton sophomore Daleena Bender (above) gets a steal against Powers — Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News
MHS: 12 PHS: 42
While Mapleton’s defense was able to keep the Lady Cruisers to a low-scoring game Thursday night, the Lady Sailors were unable to use their offense to take advantage of it.
Powers scored 12 of its points from the freethrow line, and just as many from beyond the arc. Freshman Emily Stevens was the first to score for Mapleton, sinking a foul shot that became the team’s only bucket in the first quarter.
Trailing 1-12 to enter the second period, Mapleton’s deficit grew to 1-23 before a long 3-pointer by junior Erin Michael lit up the Lady Sailors’ side of the scoreboard with 2:58 remaining before halftime.
However, coming back from the break, the Lady Sailors’ defense put the pressure on Powers, holding the Lady Cruisers to just 3 points in the third quarter — off of a freethrow and a bucket all in the last minute of the period.
Meanwhile, Michael and junior Heather McMaster-Wills each scored, bringing Mapleton within 19 points to start the fourth quarter. Given the Lady Sailors’ six-person roster, foul trouble is always a concern. Thursday night underscored that concern when Michael and Stevens fouled out at the end of the third period, followed by the departure of McMaster-Wills to start the fourth quarter. That left freshman Trinity Peterson, sophomore Daleena Bender and junior Alyssa West on the court for 7 of the game’s final 8 minutes.
With 4:44 remaining, West drained a short jumper to score the team’s first basket of the quarter, followed by a freethrow and fastbreak from Peterson for 3 points in the final seconds. Despite the effort, it was well short of overcoming the team’s first-half deficit as the Lady Cruisers won it, 42-12.
Mapleton will be back on the hardwood on Friday, Dec. 29, beginning at 3 p.m., at home against Yoncalla.