Hillsboro — Lebanon entered Thursday’s Century/Hillsboro Tournament sporting a 3-1 record, coming off a Mid-Willamette Conference opener victory over Corvallis on December 17th. Century enters the tournament with a 3-3 record, with a win over Lake Oswego coming from their last match on Friday. The Jaguars struggled offensively in the first half, with the Warriors suffocating them defensively, and the result was a Lebanon victory despite a fierce rally near the end by Century.
Katie McKinley started the game off with a trey for the Jaguars, who took the early 3-0 lead over Lebanon. Ellie Croco hit a layup to make it 3-2 Century before a Mya Smith three made it a 6-2 match early on. Lebanon turned it up defensively, forcing a faster tempo and resulting mistakes, ending the quarter on an 11-0 run headlined by Croco and Workman, who combined for all the points and gave the Warriors a 13-6 lead after one quarter.
Lebanon opened the second quarter extending their run to 13-0 on a Kylie Steiner bucket, but Century nipped it in the bud with a Crystal Garza basket and made it 15-8. Workman responded with a trey to extend it to double digits 18-8, but Amy Walkenhorst hit a free throw to bring it back within single digits. The Warriors would end the quarter on a 5-0 run to close out the half leading 23-9 over Century. Mary Workman had 10 points to lead all scorers, Mya Smith and Katie McKinley both had three points each for the Jaguars.
The Warriors picked up where they left off ending the first half, as Lebanon opened a 7-0 run to add on to their 5-0 run ending the half, and they blew it open to 30-9 in their favor. Century responded to the run with their first back to back baskets of the evening, but still trailed 30-14 after three quarters of play. Lebanon opened up the final period with a Hollie Johnson trey, making it 33-14 in the fourth. After a pair of Garza free throws, Johnson drilled another trey to make it 36-16. Century proceeded to put together their best run of the game, going on an 8-0 run to cut it to 36-24 late in the game. However, Lebanon closed out the game and went on to win 40-25 after the late Jaguars run. Workman led all scorers with 12 points, Freshmen Hailey Hargis and Hallie Jo Miller both had six points, and Hollie Johnson also had six for the Warriors.
With a strong 4-1 start underway, Mary Workman and Hallie Jo Miller both discussed the game plan for Century and what is in store for the Warriors moving forward.
Hallie Jo Miller on the defensive game plan, “We prioritized guarding the tall girl (Amy Walkenhorst) and their point guard, thats pretty much it and we succeeded for the most part.”
Mary Workman on the offensive flow, “We always work inside out and we knew they were running a zone. We knew we had to shoot it well to get ahead, so our post worked hard inside and rewarded our guards with the ball outside.”
Hallie Jo Miller on the keys to consistency, “Keeping it on a roll, keeping up the hype and defense, and just keep growing as a team.”
Mary Workman on the keys to catching Crescent Valley, “Don’t take any game for granted, give it our all every game, and just doing our best is all we can ask for.”
Lebanon (4-1) faces Hillsboro tomorrow, Century (3-4) plays Sandy tomorrow