Salem — Entering Friday’s game, the McKay Lady Scots looked to overcome the challenge of defeating fierce rival North Salem, who had won four straight against McKay. With a new star in Skye Miller, a move-in from Anchorage, AK, the Royal Scots played fantastic defense and did more than enough on offense to pick up the dub and snap the losing streak to the Lady Vikings in blowout fashion.
North Salem struck first with a Raena Hurtado free throw, but the Lady Scots would rip off a 7-0 run to take a 7-1 lead. After another free throw snapped the run, McKay ran away with a 13-2 lead at the end of one quarter. Plagued with turnovers and missed opportunities, the Lady Vikings struggled offensively while McKay continued to break open a bigger advantage, leading 22-7 at the half behind 10 points from Skye Miller while Reina Mendoza and Lhaya Powers led North Salem with three points each.
The third quarter featured more of the same, as McKay swarmed on defense and took advantage of missed shots, outscoring the Lady Vikings 14-2 in the quarter to lead 36-9 after three quarters of play. McKay would coast in the final quarter, rolling their way to a 48-16 victory over North Salem, their first win over the Lady Vikings since 2015. Miller anchored McKay with 18 points and teammate Mieleana Takju contributed eight points, while Powers and Mendoza led North Salem with four points apiece, combining for half of the Lady Vikings team total.
With their first win over North Salem in four years, McKay Head Coach Jim White talked about the season opening victory, his go to players, and things to work on.
Coach White on his teams overall performance: “It was a little sloppy, it was our first game so we had a lot of nervous kids, some that hadn’t played varsity before and a couple of new kids. We got the win, it was a sloppy win, but we’ll take the win.”
Coach White on his key players: “Skye is one of them, Bailey Donohue is the other, she’s the freshman post player that was injured. Mieleana Takju is in here from Arkansas, she’s a point guard and we really love the way that she plays. As she gets more confident, her, Skye, and Bailey will all really compliment each other.”
Coach White on biggest team improvements needed: “Working together as a team. We’ve got a bunch of new kids in here, we’ve only really played a few games together as a whole, and so its the ability to play together. We need to figure out what the new kids can and can’t do, and what our older kids can and can’t do. Its about learning how to play as a team, learning how Skye plays, learning how Bailey plays, and we showed signs of that tonight and also didn’t.”
McKay (1-0) hosts Reynolds on Tuesday, North Salem (1-1) visits Sprague on Tuesday