Mapleton splits with Falls City


MHS GIRLS: 21
   FCHS GIRLS: 27
   MHS BOYS: 41
   FCHS BOYS: 29
   On Friday, Mapleton hosted visiting Falls City in a non-league matchup that saw what was arguably one of the best performances of the season from both Sailor teams.
   In the girls game, the Lady Sailors held the Mountaineers to just 27 points, finishing the game with just four players and holding Falls City in a tie until the final minute.
   "I was proud of the girls because they never quit, even with only four players on the floor," said Mapleton coach Mike Murray, whose team fell, 27-21 . "Even though we lost on the scoreboard, it was a moral victory."
   Sophomore Haley Wells led with 8 points.
   Earlier in the week, the Lady Sailors lost to Lowell and Triangle Lake, but had season-high scoring, including 16 points from Wells against Lowell and 13 points from her against the Lakers.
   In that same game, the Lady Sailors got 13 points from sophomore Erin Michael.
   "The girls are really making progress, forcing opponents to keep their starters in for the whole game," said Murray, whose roster rarely has anyone available from the bench. "I'm really proud of these girls for going out there and competing every single game."
   For the boys, Friday's game with the Mountaineers was a near blowout for the Sailors, who outscored Falls City 30-9 in the first half.
   Sophomore Gabe Simington led scoring with 14 points, 5 rebounds and a block despite playing just one half due to foul trouble.
   Senior wing Hunter Simington had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the 41-29 win.
   Junior post Dominic Wells had 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. "It was good to pick up a win at home," said Sailor boys coach Will Crook. Thursday, the Sailors will be on the road at Siletz Valley. Girls tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.

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