McNary High School’s girls basketball team didn’t shoot well from the free throw line for much of Wednesday’s game against North Salem.
They didn’t need to, either.
The Celtics finished the game 8 for 15 from the line after starting 0 for 7, but came away with a 62-20 win against the Vikings in the third-place game of the Central Valley Conference tournament.
“I think that you can do some stuff because you never want to press someone if you’re way ahead,” McNary coach Paul Pickerell said. “You back off to just a half-court defense.
“You still want your kids to play hard and with a good deal of intensity. I thought all of our kids one through … 13 played with some intensity tonight.”
McNary (15-12) advances to the Feb. 27 first round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs and will be on the road as the team came into Wednesday’s game No. 31 in the OSAA’s power rankings.
“We’ll probably play Oregon City or South Medford or Central Catholic, one of the top three teams in the state so we’ll definitely have our hands full,” Pickerell said. It’s a whole different level of intensity.
North Salem (7-20) plays in Saturday’s play-in round on the road.
North Salem kept the game close through the first quarter as the Celtics led 14-8 after one quarter.
But in the second quarter McNary outscored North Salem 16-0.
“I think our intensity,” said McNary senior Jessica Darras, who led all scorers with 13. “Really picked the intensity up after we started talking.”
The teams started the game a combined 0 for 17 from the free-throw line until Simone Leaks hit the second of two attempts with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.
McNary 62, North Salem 20
NS– Savanna Zarate 9, Pederson 4, Rust 2, Scott 2, Davis 2, Leaks 1, Fritzke, Aliks, Alosa. Totals 7 2-12 20.
McN– Jessica Darras 13, Peterson 8, Strand 8, Flores 8, Hingston 4, Rohl 4, Koenig 3, Tartak 2, Ernest 2, Rice 2, Titchenal. Totals 25 8-15 62.
|North Salem||8||0||9||3||— 20|
3-point goals: North Salem 1 (Zarate); McNary 2 (Peterson, Darras).