J. City d Siuslaw boys: 52-47
J. City d Siuslaw girls: 48-35
Feb. 5, 2020 — It was a double loss for the Siuslaw basketball teams this weekend as both boys and girls teams fell to the Junction City Tigers last Friday night.
On the boys’ side, the Vikings took the lead early with a 16-13 run in the first half. The lead was short lived, however, with the Tigers clawing back for 40-27 lead heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, the Vikings rallied on an 11-point run, cutting their deficit to a single basket, two, 40-38. From there it was a back and forth battle on the hardwood with six lead changes between the two teams in the second half of the period.
But a 6-point run by the Tiger’s in the last few minutes of play blocked the Vikings from a win, finishing the game with a 52-47 victory.
Brody Terry led in scoring for the Vikings with 12 points, followed by Liam McClelland and Jacob Foskett with 10 points each.
With the first half of league play over, the Viks are at 2-3 in league play and 8-11 overall. Ranked 24th overall, the playoff chances for the Viks is on shaky ground at this point as Siuslaw walks into a couple of must-win games in the next two weeks to reach the top 20 — and a chance to make the post season.
The first matchup was last night (after press deadlines) against 29th-ranked Cottage Grove. A win would help keep the Viks in the top 24, but to move up in the field the Viks will have to show well at No. 2-ranked Marist this Friday, and No. 12-ranked Marshfield next week to gain momentum for a playoff bid.
As with the boys, the Lady Viks started off against Junction City strong, establishing a 6-point run in the first minutes of play, then finishing out the quarter with an 11-8 lead over the Tigers.
But Junction City dominated the Viks in the second quarter, scoring 21 points to Siuslaw’s 8 and taking 29-19 halftime lead. Scoring cooled for both teams in the third quarter, which left Junction City holding a 37-25 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Vikings rallied early in the period, cutting the deficit down to eight just three minutes into the quarter, 40-32.
However, the Tigers roared back, holding off Siuslaw for an eventual 48-35 win.
Mia Collins had 14 points and five blocked shots for Siuslaw, followed by Lindsey Long with 11 points and Gracie Freudenthal with 6 points and 10 rebounds.
After hosting Cottage Grove last night (after press deadlines), the Viks will be on the road at Marist on Friday, with the girls starting at 5:45 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:15 p.m.