Cottage Grove girls take third at Seaside tournament

Photo Courtesy of Conner Borigo

After losing a hard-fought game to Sisters on Dec. 14 the Lady Lions were able to rally and earn two wins out of three games at the Seaside Holiday Classic defeating Rochester (a school in Washington) and Seaside to finish third overall at the tournament.

“We had a lot of growth in our first game and came out with a win, which put us on the winning side of the bracket,” said Head Coach Erin Royse. “Our second game, we hit a pretty hard low, which turned into some good team-building back at our where we were staying. We came out the next day and executed we were almost like a different team. There was a calm, there was a trust, there was a difference. And I think we needed that step in our growth. So that third game, resulting in a victory that was not perfect. And we still have a lot of room for growth, and we all recognize that. But it was a huge difference between game two and game three.” 

After the girls defeated Rochester 45-40 on the first night, the next day the girls ran lost to Astoria 22-38 forcing the team to adjust after not being able to get it going offensively only scoring 22 points. 

“I think we were all disappointed in ourselves as individuals and needed to regroup,” said Royse. “There were lots of mistakes made in that game, but I think our team looked at it as a really good growing opportunity and took advantage of it. I think we addressed some things from the Astoria game then came out the next day with a renewed trust and positive energy that carried onto the court against Seaside.” 

Gracie Arnold led the scoring effort for the Lions during their final game against Seaside with 20 points and 11 rebounds as Cottage Grove came away with a 39-30 victory over Seaside to finish the weekend with a third-place finish. 

“Our girls are really proud of our third-place finish, and they should be,” said Royse. “I think there’s a lot of growth there on the defensive end, especially in blocking out which we have struggled with. We’ve given up quite a few offensive rebounds that have turned into points for the other team. So slowly we’re getting better.” 

The Cottage Grove girls will take some time off during Christmas and will be back in action on Dec. 28-30 at a tournament in Stayton. 

Stat Leaders

Gracie Arnold 20 points, 11 rebounds

Teanna Child 7 points 

Emma Hitt 4 points 

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