Mapleton keeps it close with Warriors

Mapleton junior Trinity Holmes finds an opening against the Siletz Valley defense. (Photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

Mapleton: 06  02  04  08 — 20

Siletz Valley: 07  06  09  08 — 30

Jan. 12, 2019 — If not for a lapse in the second and third periods, during which the Siletz Warriors outscored Mapleton by a combined 9 points, the Lady Sailors basketball team (0-6, 0-14) were one basket away from claiming their first win.

In a low-scoring affair, ever basket counted as Mapleton and Siletz traded possessions through missed shots and steals while going scoreless for the first three minutes.

The Warriors were eventually the first to score, only to have freshman Evangelina Spradling tie things up at the other end of the court on a rebound. Siletz answered on a steal and then a 3-pointer. Spradling scored again with 1:59 remaining in the quarter, followed by senior Erin Michael draining a 3-pointer with 59 seconds on the clock to keep Mapleton within 1 point, 7-6, entering the second period.

Siletz quickly extended its lead to 4 points, but Michael scored on a short jumper to keep Mapleton within one basket.

Both teams went scoreless for nearly six minutes heading toward the break before the warriors sank a 3-point buzzer beater to move ahead 13-8 entering the half.

The Warriors went on to outscore Mapleton 9-4 in the third quarter, with 3 of those points once again coming from a last-second long ball to end the period.

The Sailors finished the final quarter with their highest-scoring period of the game.

Spradling, Michael, sophomore Emily Stevens, as well as junior Trinity Holmes and freshmen Jahala Blake and Opal Burruss each scored in the quarter, including four steals from Holmes in the final five minutes.

Despite Mapleton's effort and hustle, Siletz was able to hold out for a 10-point, 30-20 win.

Michael led scoring with 7 points, followed by Spradling (5), Holmes (4), Stevens (2), and one point each from Burruss and Blake.

Mapleton will host second-place Mohawk (5-1, 11-4) at 7 p.m., following the boys’ game (5:30 p.m.).

Thursday, Mapleton will be on the road at third-place Crow (4-2, 7-9).



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