Siuslaw girls: 22 J. City girls: 58
Siuslaw boys: 41 J. City boys: 54
The Viking boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up their preseason Tuesday night, with the girls on the road at Junction City while the boys hosted the Tigers on Glenn Butler Court.
Though the boys got off to a shaky start, trailing 4-10 early in the first quarter, they rallied early in the second period to take a 14-12 lead after scoring from seniors Jared Brandt and Kyle King with 5:53 remaining in the half. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Junction City regained the lead for the Tigers, who never trailed for the remainder of the match-up.
A series of six turnovers by the Vikings, coupled with foul troubles, allowed Junction City to take a 26-20 lead to start the third quarter.
The closest Siuslaw got to the Tigers came mid way through the period, on a 3-pointer from senior Jake Hickson, who sank a 3-pointer to put the Viks within 5 points, 25-30.
But the Tigers pulled away at the charity line for a 10-point lead entering the fourth period, 38-28.
Siuslaw’s foul troubles continued, with Brandt and Hickson leaving the hardwood after fouling out with 4 minutes remaining.
Junior Dylan Wynn, along with sophomore Caleb Hennessee, provided a scoring spark down the stretch, but not enough to overcome the Tigers, who went on to win it, 54-41.
Meanwhile, in Junction City, the Lady Viks (3-11) struggled against the Lady Tigers’ offensive firepower and defensive pressure in a 22-58 road loss.
Madison Reynolds and Marika White each scored 4 points to lead Siuslaw in scoring.
Alyssa Richards had 8 rebounds, with Reynolds nabbing 6 and Carreina Greenburg and Lindsey Long each claiming 3 boards.
Last night, Siuslaw kicked off the league season at home against Marshfield (after press deadlines). Tuesday, Siuslaw is on the road at Brookings-Harbor, beginning with the girls at 6 p.m.