BY HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
McNary’s girls snapped out of a close first half to whip visiting Grant 60-38 Friday.
The Portland school started the scoring in the fast-moving game with an outside shot from Savanna Atherton, but Jessica Darras tied the score with a layin. The Lady Celtics had their biggest first-period lead at 10-4 after an outside shot from Baili Keeton, but then the Lady Generals starting adding points, including a trey by Atherton, and at the end of the quarter, McNary led 12-9.
The lead went back and forth in the second quarter, in which each team scored 20 points. The shooting of Deven Hunter, who was to lead all scorers with 21 points, led McNary to stay ahead. Grant’s best moment of the period was a three-pointer by Myleah Musgrave. At halftime, the score was 32-29.
Although both teams kept moving fast in the second half, the Celtics’ teamwork held the Generals to nine points for the half. McNary had a run of eight points in the third quarter before Grant got on the board with an outside shot from Atherton, its top scorer with 11 points. Grant got off plenty of shots but seldom made a basket. A jump shot by Teresa Peterson gave McNary its first two-digit lead of the game, 42-31, and the period ended with the score 47-34.
The fourth quarter went about the same as the third, dominated by the Celtics. Grant kept playing hard but got nowhere.
“The big emphasis at halftime was teamwork,” McNary coach Molly Gehley said. “We didn’t play well as a team in the first half.”
She added that she was impressed by the quickness of the Generals, remarking, “There’s not any quit in them.”`
The Celtic JVs won 60-13.
GRANT: 9-20-5-4: 38
MCNARY: 12-20-15-13: 60
Grant – Atherton 11, Scott 9, Musgrave 7, Newsome 5, West 3, Montgomery 2, Woods 1.
McNary – Hunter 21, Keeton 9, Darras 8, Titchenal 8, Peterson 6, Wing 6, Strand 2.