BANDON — Santiam’s girls used a 10-0 first-quarter run Tuesday night to take control against host Bandon and went on to beat the Tigers 43-13 in the first round of the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational at Bandon High School.
McKenzie Dodge led all scorers with 14 points and was the only one in double figures. Nikki Lakey led Bandon with five points and Kortney Ferreri, Bella Erenfeld and Kylie Lakey each had two.
“We played good defense, but I think we were on defense for three and a half minutes and probably shot the ball 13 times,” Bandon coach Jordan Sammons said. “It’s just, we're not boxing out and we’re not rebounding. We play good defense but eventually we wear down and get tired and then they get easy baskets. So it all starts with boxing out.
Bandon, which took a 1-0 lead on a Kennedy Turner free throw, trailed 6-1 after half of the first quarter when Sammons took a timeout to try and motivate his Tigers to rebound more enthusiastically.
Unfortunately, Bandon didn’t score again for the remainder of the quarter and trailed 16-1 at its conclusion after Santiam’s 16-0 run. The Wolverines scored seven straight points to start the second quarter before Erenfeld netted Bandon’s first field goal with 4:36 to go in the half. Santiam led 29-9 at half.
Bandon’s offense improved somewhat in that second quarter, cutting its turnovers down and scoring eight points. Unfortunately, the third quarter was too much like the first. Bandon went scoreless in the penultimate period but got a couple buckets in the final stanza.
Bandon’s defense was best in the final period, holding Santiam to just two points as the Tigers fell 1:32 short of a scoreless defensive quarter.
Sammons said he’s happy with how hard his girls play, it’s just a matter of focusing the effort at all times.
“Like I always tell them: they continue to play hard, but it’s getting to a point where if we want to have some success this season then we've got to do the little things like limiting our turnovers and boxing out,” he said. "Because those are the two things that are really killing us.”
Bandon plays Glide in the consolation finals of the Black bracket at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Harbor Lights Middle School. The Wolverines face Bonanza for the title at the same time in the main gym.
Bonanza 50, Glide 37: Bonanza’s girls allowed just four points in the first quarter and six in the fourth to beat the Wildcats.
After heading into the fourth quarter in a tight 36-31 game, Bonanza got points from five different Antlers, including five from Alex Sharp to win the quarter 14-6 and pull away for a double-digit win. Morgan Pitcock led all scorers with 13 points, Sharp had 11 and Jessica Batterman had 10. For Glide, Whitney Stone had 12 points and Allison Michel had 10.