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Outlaws beat Elmira on the hardwood

The Lady Outlaws matched up against Elmira at Sisters High on Tuesday, December 10, and defeated the Falcons in a final score of 41-35. On Friday Sisters fell 29-46 on the road at La?Pine.

On Monday against the Falcons, both teams got off to a slow start. RylieReece Morgan scored the final four points in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

In the second period the score went back and forth, and then in the final three minutes the Outlaws pulled ahead. Hallie Schwartz scored a bucket and then Payden Petterson stole the ball, dribbled down the court and scored on a lay-in to put the Outlaws on top 15-11. Petterson got another steal and hit a jumper to give her team a 17-11 lead at the half.

The Falcons came back in the third and outscored the Outlaws 14-11, but the Outlaws held onto a slim three-point lead with a score of 28-25.

Elmira came to within one in the fourth, but the Outlaws managed to hold onto the lead to the final whistle. The Falcons were forced to foul down the final stretch and Sisters hit most of their opportunities, and beat the Falcons by six.

Coach Brittaney Brown said, “Our game-changing performance was our ability to knock down our free throws in the final minutes. We were able to manage the clock at the end of the game.”

Morgan recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Petterson tallied 14 points, along with six steals and three rebounds. Schwartz scored 11 points, and also tallied eight steals and rebounds, and Josie Patton dished out four assists.

Coach Brown said, “We were really pleased with the win and the effort of the girls in the game. We saw a lot of improvement from our first game against Valley Catholic and this second game against Elmira. I thought we got solid play and performance from all of the girls. I was really, really proud of our play and effort, and we’re looking forward to our next challenge.

“Hallie (Schwartz) was a strong leader at the point guard position, not only with her decision-making and floor play, but also with scoring 11 points. Payden (Petterson) probably had her most efficient all-around game in her young high school career so far; she scored well for us and played aggressive on defense. Josie (Patton), RylieReece (Morgan), Josie (Aylor), and Gracen (Sundstrom) all continued to battle inside and controlled the boards.”

Three days later, the Outlaws dropped their game against the Lady Hawks at La?Pine in a final score of 29-46.

The contest was a tale of two halves. The Outlaws played very competitively and were on top 9-8 at the close of the first quarter. In the second period, Aylor scored four of the Outlaws’ seven points, and at the half Sisters trailed by just two, 16-18.

In the second half, it was a physical battle down low. La?Pine’s physical play took over and they outscored the Outlaws 28-13.

Aylor and Sundstrom led the Outlaws with six points each, and Petterson and Schwartz both recorded five points.

“It was a good learning experience for our girls as we continue to use our pre-season to prep for league,” said Brown. “I thought we handled their ball pressure early in the game very well, but in the second half their inside physical play made it difficult for us to generate much offense inside. I thought the girls competed well and played hard throughout the entire game.”

Sisters was scheduled to play at home against Cottage Grove on Tuesday, December 17. The team will travel to Marshfield High School on Thursday to participate in their holiday tournament.


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