Day: January 31, 2017

Lady Celts knock rust off at Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—After a nearly two week break from game action, McNary needed about three quarters to begin looking like its normal self Friday, Jan. 27 in a 53-33 victory at Sprague. “It was pretty obvious that we hadn’t played in 10 days,” Lady Celts head coach Derick Handley said. “We had a slow start, not a ton of energy early on. We weren’t making a lot of outside shots. Our tempo was a lot slower than we were hoping for. It’s hard when you just play each other for as long as we had. It was really about midway through the third quarter that we got back to how we had been playing and starting knocking down some of the shots that we’ve been making on a consistent basis.” Even with the slow start, McNary led from start to finish as Paige Downer made a 3-pointer 35 seconds into the game. The Lady Celts held on to a 11-7 lead entering the second quarter and Sprague made a 3-pointer with 5:40 remaining in the first half to get within 15-12. However, McNary answered with a 6-0 run and entered halftime with a 24-15 advantage. After Sprague outscored the Lady Celts 12-11 in the third quarter, McNary won the fourth 18-6. “We played really solid man-to-man defense, which we haven’t been playing a lot of lately,”...

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