It was a telling start when less than 10 seconds into Saturday’s game Yoncalla found themselves down 4-0 to Days Creek. It was a sign of the things to come as the Eagles fell to ninth ranked Wolves at home 42-18.
From the start it was Days Creek getting open lay-ups, generally off of turnovers, to create an insurmountable lead. Moriah Michaels led the team with 20 points and Carlie Dossman added 17 for the road team.
“We’re so young and so excited in the first two quarters we just forget what we’re doing,” said Yoncalla’s head coach Nick Edera about his six-person team.
Down 27-9 at the half, the Eagles came out and continued to shoot.
“We shoot open shots. I encourage them, any open shot you get, we’re going to take them and we’re going to stick by that,” said Edera.
“We shoot, roughly, probably about ten percent and that’s probably really generous to be honest with you. We don’t shoot real well.”
Shanausi Hardy led the team with 10 points.
While the shots were not falling, fewer second half turnovers resulted in a more controlled game. With a minute to go in the third quarter Yoncalla had held Days Creek to five points while they had four. After a banked in three followed by a steal and a lay-up, the Wolves lead was up to 24. In the fourth quarter, each team scored four points.
After the game, Edera complimented the team on their play late in the game.
“We sat in a circle, I told them I love them and that effort they gave in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter is the one we need to give every minute of the game,” he said. “They finally got fired up when things didn’t go their way. They looked like a completely different team, and I told them, they want to act like that we can live with that team the rest of the year and be okay, they show that fire every night.”
Now 0-2 in league play, the road does not get easier for the Eagles as their next two games are against eleventh ranked Elkton and fifth ranked North Douglas.