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home : sports & recreation : sports & recreation January 16, 2018

12/19/2017 1:21:00 PM
Outlaws take seventh at Seaside
By Rongi Yost

The Outlaws traveled to Seaside for the annual Seaside Invitational Thursday through Saturday, December 14-16. Sisters lost their first two games of the tourney, but bounced back with a victory to claim seventh place.

On Thursday, the Outlaws lost 65-55 to Newport in their first game of the tournament. Sisters started off slow, dug themselves into a hole in the first quarter, and trailed 18-9 at the close of the period. They kept clawing their way back, and with three minutes to go had closed Newport's lead to seven. The Fighting Fisherman went four-for-four at the line in the last two minutes to get the win.

Newport outscored the Outlaws from the line, 9-4.

Isaiah Rush led the Outlaws with 17 points, Ty Horner scored 15, and Zach Anderson added 10. Noah Richards and Jack Berg each contributed four points, and Brad Eagan added three.

"Overall, Newport played a good game, but we hurt ourselves by our slow start," said Coach David Godfrey. "It's hard to dig out of a hole and win."

On Friday, Sisters faced Astoria, and lost by four, in a final score of 35-31. The Outlaws played well on defense, but struggled with their offense. Sisters led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, but were only able to put up 18 points the remainder of the game.

Horner led the team on offense with 20 points.

"We had too many missed shots, especially in the paint, and turnovers and bad shot selection hurt us," said Godfrey. "Our defense was much improved from Thursday, but our offense went missing. I hope we learn from these two games. We are still working hard to come together as a team, and hopefully, we will put it together better tomorrow."

On Saturday, the Outlaws wrapped up their tournament play with a 50-16 landslide win over Elma, a school in Washington.

The Outlaws only scored 17 points in the first half, but held Elma to eight in the half. In the second half, Sisters offense kicked into gear and they outscored Elma 33 to 10. The Outlaws were aggressive, caused turnovers, and scored in transition. They played well on both ends of the court, but particularly well on defense.

Horner led the Outlaws with 14 points, followed by Anderson and Eagan, who each scored eight. Richards contributed seven, Ryan Waddell had six, and Rush added five.

James Ceciliani didn't score, but according to Godfrey, he brought a lot of energy to the game, hustling on defense, and taking a charge.

Sisters shot 17 freethrows in the contest - as many as they shot total between the first two games of the tournament.

Godfrey said, "We put a good overall game together. We shot the ball better, shared the ball well, and got more baskets in transition. It was a good way to end the tournament."

At the close of the tournament, Newport came out on top with the first-place finish, Seaside was runner-up, and Cottage Grove took third.

The Outlaws will play against South Albany in the South Albany Tournament on Thursday, December 21, where they will match up against tough competition, just like they faced in Seaside.

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