Siuslaw routs Reedsport, 50-14

Siuslaw: 14  15  16  05 — 50

Reedsport: 02  04  04  04 — 14

Dec. 29, 2019 — The Lady Vikings basketball team improved to 4-8 after picking up another win following its 30-8 win against Bandon during the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational  a week earlier.

Thursday night at Glenn Butler Court, Siuslaw made it back-to-back wins with a lopsided 36-point victory over the visiting Braves.

The Vikings took the lead quickly, building a 20-6 advantage midway through the second period with scoring from sophomores Lindsey Long, Savannah Morris and Gracie Freudenthal, and senior Alyssa Richards.

Siuslaw scored 7 points in the last 40 seconds of the half, including a 3-pointer from Morris, for a 29-6 lead entering the break.

“We’ve been working on our man-to-man defense every game and it's continuing to improve,” said Siuslaw coach Chad Smith. “Offensively, we’re still struggling a bit against the zone defense but we're starting to understand the importance of moving the ball and knowing where to be. When we move the ball, we are successful.”

The Viks were also successful beyond the arc against Reedsport’s zone, thanks to shooting from sophomore Brea Blankenship, who opened the third period with back-to-back 3-pointers in the first minute of the half. Long also sank one from outside the arc, with Freudenthal and senior Madison Reynolds scoring inside the paint to move ahead 45-10.

In the fourth quarter, Siuslaw got scoring from junior Nina Aaron, Freudenthal and Richards for a total of 5 points, but it was more than enough to secure the win, 50-14.

Scoring totals were incomplete as of press time but included 9 points from Freudenthal, 8 points for Blankenship, 5 points from Long, 3 points each from Richards and Morris, and 2 points each from Reynolds and Aaron.

Siuslaw will take a short break before returning to the hardwood to wrap up the non-league season at the Sky-Em/Skyline Crossover Jan. 4 and 5 at Mazama High School.

The Viks will kick off the league season on Friday, Jan. 11, when they host Cottage Grove.

Tip-off is set for 7:15 p.m.


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