Gervais — In what was supposed to be a battle of two ranked teams from different classifications, 3A #11 Yamhill-Carlton made the trip from Carlton to Gervais looking for their first victory, while 2A #5 Gervais looked to keep rolling following 81-15 and 58-24 victories to open the season. Complete domination was the name of the game for the Cougars, who obliterated Yamhill-Carlton from the opening tip, including the posting of a quarter shutout along the way.
Araceli Vasquez got the party started in Gervais with an opening possession trey to give the Cougars an immediate 3-0 lead. After an Aliya Seibel free throw, Gervais blew open the game with a 15-0 run headlined by Vasquez’s seven points, and the Cougars led 18-1 in the opening quarter. Yamhill-Carlton snapped the run with a Seibel bucket, but Gervais led 20-3 after the opening quarter.
Yamhill-Carlton matched their first quarter point total with a trey from Olivia Davison to open the second quarter. With the Cougars leading 26-11, Gervais closed out the half on an 11-0 run and a first half defensive performance that featured 19 Yamhill-Carlton turnovers, and Gervais led 37-11 at the half. Araceli Vasquez had 12 points for the Cougars in the first half, while Aliya Seibel had nine of the Tigers 11 first half points.
In the third quarter, Gervais kicked things up to a new level, posting a shutout of the Tigers defense. Helped by tight defense and Yamhill-Carlton mistakes, Gervais outscored the Tigers 11-0 in the quarter, leading 48-11 after three quarters. The fourth quarter gave Gervais more opportunity to flex their muscles, putting up another 19 points down the stretch and the Cougars won in a near 40 burger 67-28 over Yamhill-Carlton.
With three dominating victories to open the season, Gervais Head Coach Kyle Buse talked about the victory and his team’s suffocating defense.
Coach Buse on the third quarter shutout, “My assistants pointed that out, and we had that last season in a game against Western Christian, so we’ve done that a couple of times with this group. I know that the girls were somewhat aware of it and cranked up the defense to make sure they didn’t give it up in like the last two seconds of the quarter.”
Coach Buse on their biggest strengths, “They’re really committing to the run. They want to push the ball, they want to play fast, they want to score a lot of points. We started doing that last year, and they’ve really started buying into that this year and have committed to it.”
Coach Buse on prepping for conference play, “I told them, “Don’t settle with what we have been doing.”, defensively we were reaching too much and offensively we were just taking what they were giving us. If they aren’t pressing us then we have to run a half-court offense, and just because we don’t see that a lot in the live action, we have to remember to do that.”
Gervais (3-0) goes to Blanchet Catholic on Friday, Yamhill-Carlton (0-4) hosts Waldport on Saturday.