From left: Siuslaw senior forward Jake Hickson and sophomore Mia Collins — Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News
SHS girls: 38 WHS girls: 25
SHS boys: 42 WHS boys: 33
The Siuslaw girls basketball team picked up its third win of the pre-season Tuesday night at home against Waldport. Six members of the Lady Vikings line-up contributed to scoring, with freshman Brea Blankenship and sophomore Mia Collins each scoring in double digits at 10 points apiece.
Six of Blankenship’s points came from beyond the arc on a pair of 3-pointers, along with 6 boards and a 2 steals. At the post, Collins also nabbed 6 rebounds to go with 6 blocked shots and a trio of assists.
Siuslaw also got scoring from senior Carreina Greenburg with 8 points along with 5 boards; junior Alyssa Richards, who had 6 points and 6 rebounds; and 2 points each from freshman Gracie Freudenthal and junior Madison Reynolds, who also grabbed 3 boards. Senior post Marika White had 4 rebounds against the Lady Irish.
The win puts Siuslaw at 3-8 in the pre-season heading into this weekend’s Crossover Tournament at North Valley High School in Grants Pass. The Lady Viks opened the tourney last nigh (after press deadlines) against Phoenix. Today, they take on host North Valley at 11 a.m.
In the boys’ game last Tuesday against Waldport, the Vikings battled a high-pressure Irish defense that was also quick on offense. The scrappy Irish kept things close for most of the first three periods before Siuslaw steadily pulled away down the stretch on freethrow shooting and solid Viking defense, 42-33.
The win puts the Viks at 7-4 in pre-season play, their best start under second-year coach Dylan Perry.
Last night, Siuslaw was in Grants Pass for the Crossover Tournament at Hidden Valley High School, which continues through today.
Tuesday, the Lady Viks will be on the road at Junction City to face the Tigers, with the Viking boys hosting Junction City at Glenn Butler Court.
Girls tip off at 7:15; boys will tip off at 7 p.m.
The Far West League season kicks off Friday, Jan. 12, at home against Marshfield.
Girls tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.