Reagan Larson
PHS senior Reagan Larson eyes the hoop on a shot from the corner. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Warriors win in a rout over quality nonleague opponent

In the first half of Saturday evening’s home game against nonleague opponent Banks, the Philomath High girls basketball team wasn’t missing a whole lot of shots. Field goal percentage statistics were not readily available, but seriously, the Warriors were hitting nothing but net most trips down the floor.

Philomath head coach Ben Silva said he knows it was a high shot percentage based on how his team went into its defense.

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“We switch our defenses depending on make or miss and we were always in the one that we run when we make it … we hardly had any misses,” Silva said after Philomath’s 58-26 win. “The rhythm we’ve gotten in, I’m really happy with the last couple of weeks.”

The team exhibited an unselfish approach on the attack, too, with a lot of players being credited with assists.

“It’s finding that extra person,” Silva said. “You know, our shot selection is greatly improved early on. We were forcing or we were taking shots that just weren’t quite in rhythm (in games earlier this season). Now, they seem to all be in rhythm and they have the right shot at that moment — and they go in.”

Philomath High senior K Bacho goes in for two vs. the Braves. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Philomath (16-2) had a 20-4 lead by the end of the first quarter against a team that on paper appeared as though it could be a tough test. Banks came in with a 14-6 record and even after the loss is No. 5 in the OSAA rankings.

Junior Hailie Couture hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and both senior Sage Kramer and senior Reagan Larson had treys as well over those first eight minutes to knock the wind out of the Braves from the get-go.

Silva pointed to Philomath’s athleticism as a factor in the fast start and significant margin of victory.

“We came in and had three girls hit a 3 pretty early on and that stretches their defense out and we were able to get in some good finishes inside after that and then continued hitting shots,” Silva said. “I think we just kind of jumped on them early … you get up that big, that early and it kind of demoralizes the other team.”

The Warriors threw in another 20 in the second quarter for a 40-12 lead at halftime. Philomath had a balanced attack in the first half, too, with Kramer (nine points), Couture (eight) and Larson (eight) leading the way but with additional scoring support from senior K Bacho (four), junior Abigail Brown (four), junior Ingrid Hellesto (four) and junior Mia Bennett (three).

Philomath led by as many as 38 points on two occasions in the second half.

On the final stat sheet, Kramer finished with 19 points on seven field goals — three of those 3-pointers — and a couple of free throws.

Junior post Madison Walker had five points to top scorers for the Braves.

The Warriors are scheduled to play their final regular-season home game on Tuesday against Sisters, an opponent Philomath defeated by 25 points in their first meeting. The program’s seniors will be recognized prior to tip-off, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Philomath senior Sage Kramer puts up a shot against Banks on Saturday. Kramer scored 19 points in the 32-point win. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


Philomath 58, Banks 26
Saturday, Feb. 12 at Philomath HS

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Philomath 47, Banks 23
Saturday, Feb. 12 at Philomath HS

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Reagan Larson