A barrage of 3-pointers in the first half and a key offensive rebound on a missed free throw in the fourth quarter helped Class 5A Corvallis hold on for a 54-48 victory on Thursday night over Class 4A Philomath.
Both teams came into the contest undefeated.
Corvallis buried five 3-pointers in the first quarter and three more in the second quarter to build a 37-28 lead at halftime.
“They’re a very good team for sure,” PHS coach Ben Silva said. “We gave up too many 3s in the first half and had some breakdowns on the offensive end.”
Despite all of those CHS 3-pointers, the Warriors trailed just 17-15 through the first 8 minutes. Junior Sage Kramer scored 11 of Philomath’s points in the first quarter with Mia Rust and K Bacho also hitting. But Kramer did get into foul trouble and Silva had to keep her on the bench throughout the second quarter.
“Some of the young girls came in and did a good job,” Silva said. “It was tied through most of the second going back and forth and they stretched it out before halftime.”
Abigail Brown came off the bench to score six in the second quarter. Reagan Larson, Mia Bennett and Rust also had points.
“We were down at nine at halftime and battled back and tied it in the third quarter,” Silva said. “It kinda went back and forth in the fourth quarter and they made a couple of shots. We had some good looks but I think we ran out of gas a little bit.”
Kramer, Rust and Hailie Couture did the scoring in the third for the Warriors and the game was tied 43-43 going into the final quarter.
A key point in the game occurred with just under a minute remaining. Corvallis was up by two points and at the foul line with an opportunity to extend its lead. Shooting out of a 1-and-1 situation, the first attempt was no good but Silva said the ball “took one of those goofy bounces and they got the rebound. We could’ve had the ball and down by two with about 50 seconds left.”
Corvallis went back to the foul line and converted to pull away near the end for a five-point win.
Kramer finished with 21 points on nine field goals, one of those a 3-pointer, and 2 of 2 free throws. Rust had 11 points on four field goals and 1 of 2 free throws.
“It was good for us … we need to learn some things that we definitely need to improve on,” Silva said.
Philomath (8-1) will play its home finale at 7 p.m. Friday against Sisters. The team’s seniors will be recognized. The Warriors finish the regular season with three road games next week.
Corvallis 54, Philomath 48
Thursday, June 10, at Corvallis HS
|10-Sevennah Van De Riet||2||3-8||1||7|
|3-Point Goals: Philomath 1 (Kramer), Corvallis 8 (E. Perchel 3, Krebs 3, A. Prechel 2)|
Fouled Out: Kramer
Total Fouls: Philomath 19, Corvallis 12
Philomath 28, Corvallis 26
Thursday, June 10, at Corvallis HS
|JV GAME NOTES|
|The JV team keeps its perfect record intact with the victory, going to 8-0 on the season. … The Warriors led 14-13 at halftime. … Philomath was 0 for 5 at the free-throw line in the first half and 5 for 14 for the game. … Madeline Fields scored 10 points, including six in the fourth quarter. … Three players scored all 26 Corvallis points. … The JV team is scheduled to play Friday at home vs. Cascade.|
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