By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
McNary girls overcame a slow third quarter to whip a hard-fighting 5A Woodburn team 52-31 there Dec. 21.
The Lady Celtics led all the way except for a Woodburn free throw at the start of the first quarter and a 7-7 tie score in the middle of the period. They built their lead gradually, with the Lady Bulldogs occasionally making the score fairly close with a three-pointer.
Teresa Peterson led all scorers with 17 points, and Madie Hingston and Reina Strand had 11 each. Kayla Reyna led Woodburn with 11.
Steals by Jessica Darras and Strand helped McNary in the first quarter, which ended with a 14-9 score.
In the second quarter, Ashlee Koenig and Stacey Titchenal led the way to an extension of the Celtic lead, which reached 24-11 before Woodburn fought back with a trey by Reyna cutting the lead to 10 points. The halftime score was 26-16.
Another three by Reyna started the third-quarter scoring. The Celts had trouble finding the basket during the period, which ended with a 32-26 score.
McNary got hot in the fourth quarter, with Hingston making the Celts’ only trey. Peterson and Strand led the offense, and the defense allowed only five points. A free throw by Strand was the final point of the game.
“It was a physical game,” McNary coach Paul Pickerell said, “so I’m glad the girls had the mental toughness to get through it.”