Mapleton girls fall to McKenzie

Mapleton: 03  08  09  07 — 27

McKenzie: 22  22  13  08 — 65

The Lady Sailors were looking for their second league win last Tuesday when they hosted fifth-place McKenzie, but a depleted bench that was minus 5-foot-9 freshman post Evangelina Spradling and sophomore wing Emily Stevens left Mapleton out-manned almost 3 to 1 compared to the 14-person Eagles bench.

Aside from a timely 3-pointer from junior Trinity Holmes early in the quarter that kept the Sailors within 1 point, 4-3, the first quarter belonged to the Eagles, who kept Mapleton scoreless for the remainder of the quarter on the way to a 22-3 lead.

McKenzie’s momentum continued throughout much of the second quarter as well, moving ahead 39-3 before senior Erin Michael drained a 3-pointer bucket with 3:35 to go before the half.

Michael scored a second 3-point shot in the period, and freshman post Jahala Blake nabbed a rebound to complete the Sailors’ scoring for the half.

Trailing 44-11 at the top of the third quarter, Mapleton had its most productive period of the game with scoring from Blake (6 points) and a 3-pointer from junior Daleena Bender.

The Eagles, meanwhile, built on their lead and went into the final period breathing easy at 57-20.

In the fourth quarter, Holmes sank her second 3-pointer of the game, Blake scored 2 points and freshman Opal Burruss scored the final points in a hard-fought loss to McKenzie, 65-27.

Thursday, the Sailors were on the road at Alsea, currently tied for first place with Mohawk at 11-1 in the Mountain West League.

Mapleton fell to the Wolverines in Thursday's match-up, 76-18.

Tuesday, Mapleton will play at Siletz, with the boys tipping off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the girls at 7 p.m.

Mapleton will wrap up its season this Thursday, Feb. 7, during senior night when it hosts Eddyville Charter.

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