Siuslaw teams blocked by Billies at home in non-league match-up


Lady Vikings: 35; Lady Billies: 71

Vikings: 53; Billies: 74

Dec. 19, 2018 — The Billies’ visit to the hardwood in Florence was anything but pleasant for Siuslaw last Friday night, with Pleasant Hill winning both non-league match-ups by more than 20 points.

The Lady Vikings opened the evening with high hopes after barely losing  to the Lady Billies a week earlier at the Les Schwab Eagle Booster Club Classic, where Pleasant Hill narrowly beat Siuslaw on a 3-point buzzer beater, 50-48.

But Friday night was another story, due in large part to Pleasant Hill sophomores Angeni Yeo and Alexa Ellis, who combined for 44 of the Billies' 71 points.

Siuslaw kept things relatively close in the first period, getting a late start offensively but staying within 4 points for much of the quarter.

Sophomore point guard Lindsey Long sank the first Siuslaw bucket, off the glass, to cut the Billies' lead to 3 points, 5-2.

Pleasant Hill sank a free throw, but sophomore post Gracie Freudenthal drove for a lay-up to ut Siuslaw within a basket, 6-4.

The Billies sank a long 3-pointer against the Vikings' zone, with the two teams trading baskets for the rest of the period as Pleasant Hill held a 13-7 lead.

Siuslaw scored eight points in the second period with rebounding from senior Alyssa Richards, Freudenthal and Long, but turnovers — along with Pleasant Hill free throws — extended the Vikings deficit, 37-15, entering the half.

In the second half, Pleasant Hill built on its lead and went on to secure a 71-35 win.

The boys were next on the floor, where Siuslaw freshman Braydon Thornton was hot from both sides of the arc, claiming a team-high 16 points against the Billies.

Like the girls’ game, Siuslaw kept things close in the opening period, never trailing by more than 5 points thanks to shooting from senior Dylan Wynn, sophomores Jacob Foskett and Liam McClellan, and Thornton.

The Billies held a 24-17 lead to start the second quarter, extending it to 15 points by halftime despite solid effort from sophomore Skyler Loomis at point guard and rebounding from Foskett and junior Caleb Hennessee.

Siuslaw remained behind by at least 11 points throughout the third period, with Pleasant Hill rubbing salt in the wound on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the quarter with a 65-43 lead.

The Billies (6-1), ranked No. 8 in the 3A, went on to win it, 74-53.

Last night, Siuslaw hosted Stayton in a non-league match-up (after press deadlines) at Glenn Butler Court.

Thursday, both Siuslaw teams will kick off the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational, which runs through Friday.

The Vikings will return to the home hardwood on Dec. 27 to host Reedsport.

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