Creswell girls offense looking for spark

In the first half of the Creswell girls game against Douglas, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 23-13 lead and has since seen their offense go cold in the following six quarters scoring a total of 45 points. 

“I think we just kind of need easy transition buckets and see the ball go through the hoop,” said Head Coach Tyler Hollingsworth. “You know a shooter gets a couple easy lay-ups, and then they start to feel good, right? So trying to create those easy opportunities and that’s gonna start on the defensive end. Pressuring the ball, getting some deflections, getting a steal, getting out a rebound, quick outlet and then pushing the ball on the floor.”

Emme Whitson was the go-to scorer for Creswell getting 16 points in their second loss this season to North Bend 50-29.

North Bend got out to a lead early with two three-pointers from Adrianna Frank giving them a 17-9 first quarter lead. Creswell forward Samairah Quinones got in foul trouble in the first half picking up two fouls and having to sit most of the first half.

After calling a timeout with just over four minutes left in the second quarter North Bend then went on a 12-2 scoring run to end the first half in control 33-13. 

“So, you know I wasn’t happy with the first half. But I was really pleased with the second half,” said Hollingsworth. “Just our energy was 10 times better.” 

Creswell came out with a newfound intensity in the second half with Emma Manness drawing one of two offensive fouls against North Bend and teammates Dakota Carson and Gabby Halgren getting after it defensively.

Whitson started to find a grove after she hit some free throws and Carolina Spriggs also contributed to some scoring in the fourth quarter that saw the Bulldogs have their best scoring quarter since the first half of the Douglas game.  

“It’s all about defense and if I don’t keep that as a standard, then I’m just doing talk,” said Hollingsworth. “We’re gonna make it competitive as we can practice and try and give the advantage to people who are just defending better than anybody else and let our defense lead to offense because in reality, we have seven or eight girls that can play fine on offense. You know, it’s really like we need to play better defense, we can’t give up 33 points in the half (against North Bend) that’s that’s not allowed. So we’re going to live on the defensive side of the basketball.”

Coach Hollingsworth and the girls will have two good opportunities to bounce back and reignite their offense this week against two opponents who have struggled early on this season. Creswell will play Elmira on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Then travel to Scio the next day to play them at 6 p.m.

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