Lady Warriors looking for a fourth consecutive league title

Courtesy Photo – Becky Gerrard Photography

Since 2014, North Douglas Warriors girls basketball have torn through their Skyline league opponents by winning six out of the last seven league titles. Coming into the 2021/22 season the Lady Warriors will be in pursuit of a fourth consecutive league title. 

“We went over there (to Baker) and won two games and lost one in the state tournament,” said third-year Head Coach Jody Cyr. “We had a lot of our kids young really come out of their shell in that tournament and didn’t lose a kid. So, the momentum from both that and then coming off a state championship in volleyball; we’re in a pretty good spot right now.” 

Last season the girls got off to a blazing start and saw their only loss come in the state tournament. In their first seven games, North Douglas averaged just under 50 points per game while holding opponents to an average of just over 21 points per game. 

“I guess the most exciting thing is that the girls are understanding the philosophy I want to play with,” said Cyr. “We pressure the heck out of people from baseline to baseline. The girls are just getting more basketball IQ, which really helps us in the long run. I’m excited for our younger girls coming up as our upperclassmen lead the way.”

For the new girls and players returning this season, the schedule will be a gauntlet as they face Sutherlin, Salem Academy and Kennedy who are all ranked in the preseason top 10 of 2A and 3A schools. But coach Cyr doesn’t shy away from tough competition and only thinks it will help his team in the long run. 

“We have a really, really tough pre-season schedule,” said Cyr. “But my goal is to get every bit of effort out of the girls that we can. And when that happens, the rest falls into place.” 

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