Raiders Host OIT- New Hope Christian Women’s Hoops

By Andy Combs, Staff Writer

Womens basketball

The OIT Owls lead a 69-36 victory in the weekend match against the New Hope Christian College Deacons from Eugene.  This brings the Owl’s record up to 2-0 for  the season thus far.  After a smooth lay-up by number 31  forward Megan Whetstone, the Owls were  first up on the board.

A block and a return by the Owls and  then a three-pointer by the Deacons to  challenge, brought the score to 4-3 as the  Owl’s laid the foundation for their leading Guard Karly LeVeque’s beautiful three- point shot and a fierce drive to the goal  which kept the Owls ahead, 9-7.

A near-perfect recovery by NHCC’s Ellie  Gould, 11, had the Deacons looming close- behind, but traveling and various fouls  held them at 7 points on the board as the  Owls began to gain momentum.

Deacons’ guard Mariah Mendez-Oliver,21, tied up the game 11-11 at 13 minutes . NHCC forward Sasha Sims’ smooth three  point shot put the Deacons ahead for just  a moment before the Owls tied it up 14 – with the Owls players shouting out their  support and the shot clock from the  sidelines, it was a sink or swim situation  for the both teams as the game heated up  partway into the half.

Owl guard Carrie Thibault’s drive to the  goal was thwarted by the Deacon defense  keeping the score 16-17.

OIT began to break away with a slight  23-19 lead at 8 minutes left in the half,  but the score remained the same with  both teams going head to head until, at 6  minutes to go, Jessica Logan, 10 of NHCC  brought the score to up 22-23.

Another Owl 3-pointer to counter to the  Deacon’s attack, Thibault helped the team pull away from their opponents once  Oregon’s consistent scoring began to take  hold with yet another 3-point shot by  guard Ashley Vandenbrink making for a  29-22 lead at four minutes left.

With 8 fouls by the Owls and 10 fouls by  the Deacons in the first half,  it was clear that despite Oregon’s lead, the  teams were well matched as they duked it out under the net.

The Owls pulled ahead with 38 points  but skillful blocking by Deacon’s guard  Mariah Mendez-Oliver kept them there to  close out the half.

If the first part of the game was exciting, the second half was even more so as the Owls screeched ahead achieving a 20  point lead by 12:00 minutes.

Another 3 point shot by Thibault early- in was challenged by the speed and  quickness by the NHCC Deacons as  they stayed relatively close behind  proving themselves a more than worthy  adversary to the Owls’ rapid scoring and  graceful drive.

However try as they might the Deacon’s  fell to the Owl’s consistent scoring and  head coach Scott Meredith’s successful  strategies, which ultimately won the Owl’s the the game.

Freshman guard Rebekah Matteri, 21, is  happy with the how the season is going  thus far: “We got two wins under our belt so that’s a good thing.” Matteri says that  a strong point for the team this year may  lie within the Owl’s guards. “We got a lot  of quick guards this year so it’s gonna fun  to hopefully run the floor and just have a  good season.”

 

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