Sailors teams lose battle with Braves

Mapleton freshman point guard Trinity Peterson fights for a loose ball against Reedsport Friday night — Photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News 

MHS girls: 13  RHS girls: 38

MHS boys: 21  RHS boys: 69


Mapleton wrapped up a busy week on the hardwood last Friday, tipping off at home against Reedsport for the third home game in four days.

It was the second time Mapleton had faced the Braves, with both Sailors teams falling to Reedsport on the road a week earlier. Unfortunately, Friday’s match ups had a similar outcome despite marked improvement by both Sailors teams at both ends of the court.

The Lady Sailors were the first to tip off, falling behind late in the first period in what proved to be a low-scoring game for both teams.

With 4:11 remaining in the third period, junior Erin Michael scored a short jumper for the Lady Sailors’ first basket of the quarter — and the last points of the period — leaving Mapleton trailing 11-36.

The Lady Sailors’ defense held Reedsport to just 2 points in the fourth quarter, each off of free throws, with sophomore Heather McMaster-Willis scoring Mapleton’s only basket of the period as the Lady Braves (2-6, 0-0) went on to claim the win, 38-13.

Heading into the boys’ game, Mapleton was hoping to even the score after a 37-point loss to the Braves the previous week. And coming off of a league-opening win two days earlier against Mohawk that included double-digit scoring from JJ Neece, Cole Spencer, Dominic Wells and Gabe Simington, the momentum appeared to be there.

However, it was clear that the Braves had their own plan, which was to take an early lead and not risk a potential upset should the Sailors continue their momentum.

Utilizing a full-court press, the Braves managed to force multiple turnovers in the first quarter and take a quick 7-0 lead.

A rebound by Neece put Mapleton’ first points on the board, but the Braves answered with 9 unanswered points that included a 3-pointer and a pair of freethrows.

Wells ended the period with a drive to the rim that still left the Sailors down 4-16 entering the second period.

Sophomore Nathen Roane scored a rebound for Mapleton to start the quarter, with the Braves answering on another 3-pointer and a pair of steals to move ahead 25-6. The Sailors scored only a freethrow for the remainder of the half, provided by Neece, to trail 7-40 entering the break.

Reedsport went on to win it, 69-21.

The good news for both Sailor teams was that the games were non-league, which puts the boys team at 1-1 heading into this Thursday’s league match-up, at home against Powers.

Tip-off for the girls is at 3 p.m., followed by the boys game at 4:30 p.m. Today, Mapleton is on the road for a non-league game at Yoncalla.


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