Bandon’s girls basketball team has just one league win to show for its efforts, but coach Jordan Sammons is hoping for a strong second half of the Sunset Conference season for the Tigers.
“The first half of league, we had our ups and downs,” he said. “We opened league with a win, which was huge for us, and throughout the next few games we put a few good halves together against good teams. We just weren’t able to put a whole game together.
“Overall, we played pretty good defense, we just struggled to score and knock down some shots.”
Sammons hopes the players do more of the scoring in their second time through the league schedule.
“We want to just keep improving every game and play better each time we step out on the court,” he said. “We’ve got to make a few more baskets, continue to play hard, and hopefully get a few more wins and some momentum to carry into the offseason.”
Sammons knew it was going to be a growing season as he took over a program with only a few returning players and the Tigers’ best player from last year (McKayla Myrand) now starting for Marshfield’s top-ranked Class 4A program. On the plus side, Bandon doesn’t have any seniors.
Sisters Kylie and Nikki Lakey have made some strong contributions after both sitting out of basketball for several years. Freshmen Kennedy Turner and Bella Erenfeld both have been steady contributors as well.
“We return everyone next year and everyone is dedicated to working hard, so we just want to keep building and improving on what we started this year,” Sammons said.
The Tigers started the second half of league play with a tough loss at Toledo on Tuesday, falling 53-15.
Naomi Martin led Bandon with four points and also led the Tigers in rebounding. Kortney Ferreri scored three points each and Turnery and Allison Hennick both had two.
“Toledo is a good team, athletic and can shoot,” Sammons said. “We played tough for the first quarter and a half. I’m proud of our effort.”
Toledo is second in the league standings at 5-1, a game behind Gold Beach.
Bandon wrapped up the first round of league play with a 39-13 loss at Myrtle Point, though Sammons was proud the Tigers held the Bobcats to 12 points in the first half before Myrtle Point pulled away.
Erenfeld and Martin each had three points in the loss, while Kylie Lakey, Ashley Strain and Turner each had two.
The league schedule has the Tigers and Bobcats meeting again Friday, this time in Bandon. The Tigers also are home Tuesday, against Waldport.