The Cottage Grove girls basketball team had to deal with some scheduling changes after their scheduled game against Marist Catholic was moved after the Spartans were dealing with COVID-19 issues. Unfortunately for Siuslaw, that extra rest and preparation time helped the Lions pummel the Vikings to the tune of a season-high 58 points and earned a big win 58-21 over Siuslaw.
“It was a great game, because we took care of the ball this game and limited our turnovers, which was huge,” said Head Coach Erin Royse. “When you’re able to get some stops on one end, and not turn the ball over, and then put the ball in the basket, it was a nice game to watch and play and see some good things happen.”
Gracie Arnold followed up her impressive performance against Junction City with another huge showing finishing the night with 24 points to lead all scorers. Cottage Grove also totaled 17 steals and 11 assists on the night while also seeing contributions from nine different players scoring points. After taking a 16-5 first quarter lead the Lady Lions never looked back, growing their lead to 25 at halftime 38-13. The Lions were able to go on cruise control the rest of the way, getting some other players in the game on the way to a big victory 58-21.
Now Cottage Grove will have an opportunity to build on the momentum they’ve created with tough games coming against Marist Catholic and Marshfield.
“Those are both going to be really tough games,” said Royse. “We have to show up with the same mentality that we did against Siuslaw, that we’re going to continue to work on our game. We need to continue to improve every game, limit our turnovers, get some rebounds, block out and do the little things we need to do to be successful.”
The Lady Lions will have played a rescheduled game against Marist with the results to be determined after The Sentinel’s press time. Then followed later in the week with a trip to the Pirate Palace to play against Marshfield.