Ellie Rush makes a three-point shot for the Lady Outlaws. photo by Jerry Baldock
Ellie Rush makes a three-point shot for the Lady Outlaws. photo by Jerry Baldock
The Lady Outlaws fell 39-57 at home against Sweet Home on Tuesday, January 28, and two days later lost 29-51 at home against Newport in a make-up game that was rescheduled due to bad weather earlier in the season.
Sisters had a very effective first half in their game against Sweet Home on Tuesday. Payden Petterson hit three triples in the first to get the Outlaws off to a great start, and at the close of the first Sisters was on top 11-10. Sisters controlled the pace of the game defensively, and they held a 21-17 advantage at the half.
In the second half, the Huskies adjusted their game plan and made it difficult for the Outlaws to get scoring opportunities like they had in the first half. As a result, the Huskies outscored the Outlaws 40-18 in the second half for the win.
Petterson finished the night with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Ellie Rush recorded 10 points, Hallie Schwartz tallied eight, Josie Patton had four, and RylieReece Morgan added three.
“As a whole, our team continues to improve as the year progresses and we continue to compete in every game,” said Coach Brittaney Brown. “Each game I have been so proud of our girls for battling until the very last second of each game. They continue to work hard in practice to develop their skills as individuals and as a team.”
Two days later, the Lady Outlaws faced Newport at home in the make-up game. Sisters kept the game close in the first quarter. They executed some nice ball movement on the offensive end and made baskets, but a few turnovers and some mental lapses put them down by six at 7-13 at the end of the first.
The second quarter was tough, and Sisters was only able to get three points on the board, and at the half they trailed the Cubs 10-26. Petterson hit three three-pointers in the third period to keep the Outlaws going, but the Cubs kept putting up the points and the game ended in an Outlaws loss.
Petterson had another 14-point game, and a handful of other players contributed three to four points. Coach Brown noted Morgan for her rebounding efforts on both the offensive and defensive end.
“We continue to improve as a team and are becoming more offensive each time we play,” said Brown. “We will continue to challenge ourselves to continue to improve and compete. We’re looking forward to getting back in the gym and getting prepared for the next round of league.”
Sisters was scheduled to play at Newport on Tuesday, February 4. They will play at home against Cascade on Friday.