Bandon — The last time these two met, the drama came down to the final possession as Coquille got the best of Bandon 44-43 back on January 13th. Entering Thursday’s contest, the teams were on a combined 12 game winning streak, with Coquille on fire at eight straight victories headed into the rematch with Bandon.
Katelyn Senn was the talk of the opening quarter, as she got Bandon off to a blistering 8-2 start to kick off this one, scoring each of the first eight points of the game. Olivia Thompson drilled a trey later on that made it 11-3 before Taylor Kelner answered with a trey for Coquille, getting it to a 12-6 Bandon lead after one quarter. Thompson and Trinidy Blanton traded buckets to open the second quarter, but Bandon would rip off a 9-1 run to close the first half, blowing open a 22-9 advantage heading into the locker room. Senn led all scorers with eight points at the half, Blanton led Coquille with four points.
Exiting the locker room, Bandon continued to rip apart Coquille offensively, throwing up a 9-0 run anchored by back-to-back Makiah Vierck three-point plays, dropping a bomb that made it 31-9 early in the third. Kelner hit a trey for Coquille to get them into double digits, but Bandon met them at every punch in the third quarter, holding a sizable 38-18 lead headed into the final quarter. After three straight quarters of wheel spinning, Coquille came out fighting like a Red Devil to make the fourth quarter anything but comfortable for Bandon.
Coquille hit up Bandon with a couple of quick baskets by Hailey Combie, then a free throw by Holli Vigue. Kelner would drill her third trey of the game and Blanton hit four straight free throws, all culminating into a score that went from a 20-point Bandon lead to a 38-30 game not even halfway into the final quarter. Bandon got three points from Thompson and Vierck to get it back to double digits, but six points from Vigue made it 43-36. Despite another Vigue trey late, Bandon would find a way through their turnovers and missed free throws to hang on for a 46-39 win over Coquille, knotting up the Sunset Conference lead. Katelyn Senn (12), Olivia Thompson (12), and Makiah Vierck (11) all led Bandon in scoring, Holli Vigue (13) and Taylor Kelner (11) led Coquille on the night.
Bandon: As Coach Jordan Sammons put it best, they are a young roster that is still learning how to close out games. While it wasn’t pretty, they still got the dub and the confidence that comes along with it, passing a critical test that measured their ability to not repeat what happened two weeks ago. All their leading scorers and playmakers were youth, bringing much hope to the potential of this team for the next couple of years. For now, it’s about tuning up and improving before the playoffs begin in a few short weeks.
Coquille: Despite struggling to rebound and finish all night, the Red Devils still almost pulled it off anyway, giving flashes into what they could possibly pull off if the stars align in the playoffs. They are talented no doubt but getting punched in the mouth by Katelyn Senn really seemed to knock them off balance from the get-go. Either way, it is a game full of learning lessons and things to work on for Coquille, who have plenty of time to clean it up before the playoffs start in February.