North Douglas was hoping for a win against Days Creek.
But facing the defending league champions on the road, the Warriors (18-4, 9-1 Skyline) exceeded even their own expectations as they secured not just a win but recorded an absolute rout of the Wolves (11-8, 7-2) last Tuesday in a 50-28 victory.
“Not in my wildest dreams did I expect that,” said North Douglas head coach Jeff Davis. “I thought, coming down here… the game would be in the 30s and we would have to grind ‘er out and whoever made more free throws would actually win it.”
Instead, the game turned into the Sofia Alcantar show. The junior guard from North Douglas did a little bit of everything throughout the game as she finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists.
“She just continued to be aggressive offensively and she’s as quick as any kid we’ve had at North Douglas,” said Davis. “Look at how many deflections she had, she’s just got those terrific instincts that’s almost indescribable. Just real proud of her.”
Typically when Alcantar leads the team in scoring, it is against an opponent that gives up steals to the North Douglas press which lead to open layups in transition. But on Tuesday, her scoring extended past that as she was consistently driving through the lane in the half-court offense to score at the rim or find an open teammate.
“I think we played as one and we brought it today. And we’re not going to lose anymore, we’re going to bring it to each game,” said Alcantar.
Entering the game, the Warriors put an emphasis on a fast start and they executed their plan perfectly on Tuesday night as they outscored the Wolves 9-2 in the opening quarter. North Douglas held Days Creek to seven first half points.
The Warriors' defense held the Wolves in check including reigning player of the year junior Moriah Michaels. Michaels, primarily guarded by North Douglas’ Natalie Thompson. Michaels, an ever-present scoring threat, finished the game with 16 points but was held to two points in the first half. No other Days Creek player finished with more than one made field goal.
“I don’t know if our interior defense is all that good but if we can get out and pressure the ball, if Sofia plays and Riley (Black) and Nat play defense, then (we are in pretty good shape). Days Creek is a pretty good offensive team,” said Davis.
This was the fewest points Days Creek has scored since their first game of the season (Nov. 28) in a loss against 2A Bandon.
North Douglas was also helped by their nose for the ball as they out-rebounded Days Creek 47-21, including 16 offensive rebounds. Abby Whipple had nine rebounds for the Warriors while Rilie-Jo Olds had seven and Natalie Thompson six. Olds, Thompson and Whipple were also active scorers finishing with 10, eight and seven points respectively.
On Saturday night, the Warriors defeated Glide 41-14 in a non-league game and held the Wildcats scoreless in the first half. Whipple led the team with 10 points and nine rebounds. Alcantar had eight points and four assists while Nicki Derrick had eight points and four steals.
The Warriors, currently in the driver's seat for the league title, finish out the regular season this weekend at Yoncalla on Friday night and home against Elkton on Saturday.