Vikings swept by Spartans in close match-ups


Despite the losses, both Vikings teams had strong showings against Sky-Em powerhouse

Marist d Siuslaw boys: 48-31

Marist d Siuslaw girls: 32-30

Jan. 25, 2020 — On Tuesday, the Sky-Em boys basketball league was all knotted up in a three-way tie for first place between Siuslaw, Marist and Marshfield. By the final buzzers that night, the Spartans and Pirates remained in that tie, with Siuslaw falling to Marist and Marshfield defeating Cottage Grove — who the Viks had beaten the previous Friday.

Tuesday night’s loss dropped Siuslaw (1-1) into a tie for third with the Tigers (1-1).

Siuslaw was outscored in all four quarters, which included an 11-2 run by the Spartans late in the second period for a 25-16 lead at halftime. Marist continued its momentum in the second half, outscoring the Viks 23-15 in the second half.

While Siuslaw posted 7 points each from sophomore guard Brody Terry and junior post Lliam McClellan, the Spartans were paced by double-digit scoring from junior Alec Vendetti (19) and senior Nick Stice (15) to secure a 48-31 win at Glenn Butler Court. 

Additional scoring for the Viks came from sophomores Rhys Fleming and Braydon Thornton with 4 points each.

Last night (after press deadlines), Siuslaw got a chance to host rival Marshfield for a chance to sink the Pirates and chip away at a return to the Sky-Em rankings.

In the girls game, Siuslaw lost a 2-point heartbreaker to the Lady Spartans when senior Jessica Roth drained a pair of free throws with just under 3 seconds remaining in the game. Less than a minute before that, junior post Gracie Freudenthal had tied the game at 33-30, then picked up her fifth foul — sending Roth to the charity line for the final baskets.

Roth’s foul shots left Siuslaw trailing 32-30 as the final buzzer erupted at Glenn Butler Court.

The game had remained tight throughout, with the Lady Vikings trailing by just 1 point at the end of the first quarter, 7-6. By halftime, Marist had extended its lead by just two more points, 14-11. Siuslaw kept it close, allowing Marist to grow its lead by just 1 more point in the third period (25-21), but went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final period for the win.

Senior post Mia Collins led Siuslaw in scoring with 9 points.

Roth claimed 24 points, going 11-for-12 from the foul line.

Last night, Siuslaw (0-2, 1-15) hosted Marshfield (after press deadlines), who fell to Cottage Grove in last week’s league opener.

Tuesday, Siuslaw will host Elmira. Boys tip off at 5:45 p.m., followed by the girls’ game at 7:15 p.m. Live pre-game coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. on KCST 106.9 FM.

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