In the driver’s seat: SHS basketball

February 2015 Posted in School, Sports

James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High boys basketball team turned in perhaps its most complete performance of the season Tuesday night, taking a convincing 64-37 Mid-Willamette Conference win at Crescent Valley High School.

The win moved the Foxes, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A by the OSAA, to 9-0 in league play, heading into a crucial stretch of the season that includes games Friday, Feb. 13 at 6-3 Corvallis and Feb. 20 at 5-4 Central.

“This one was a big one,” Coach Steve Roth told Our Town after the 27-point dismantling of the Raiders.

“It’s not easy to win here,” he added. “On paper the second half of the season looked tougher for us because of the games we would be playing on the road.”

The Foxes proved to be road warriors Tuesday, scoring the first seven points and pulling away from a 27-20 halftime lead to coast to the victory.

Crescent Valley, 5-4, scored 17 points in the second half and made just two baskets in the fourth period.

Silverton, as usual, played tenacious defense, clogging the passing lanes, fighting for loose balls and blocking shots.

“Hopefully we’re building something here,” Roth said. “I really like the level of toughness we’re playing with. They are staying consistent with their defense and that’s what we envisioned for this season. They believe in the system, which is a tribute to the kids and (former coach) Darren Shryock. They do a great job of executing and I love that about these guys.”

Junior guard Daniel Larionov led the Foxes with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. “Daniel just keeps getting better. He’s really giving us a boost offensively,” Roth said.

Junior guard Sam Roth scored 15 points and clamped down on Raiders sharpshooter Joe Casey, helping limit him to nine points. “Sam is doing a great job defensively,” Roth said.

Sophomore guard Julian Downey added 13 points and made three 3-pointers. Senior guard Logan Munson chipped in with six points, but Roth said his impact was more significant than the point total would indicate.

“I’ve been kind of waiting for him to emerge,” Roth said. “He does a lot of little things and that added up to a lot tonight. He gets hands on balls, he gets rebounds. He’s kind of a nuisance for the other team. He’s athletic enough to play that role, and I’m glad to see that.”

The team’s final two home games in regular season are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 against South Albany and Feb. 24 against Woodburn.

Girls basketball: The Silverton girls (7-1 in the MWC) continue to ride their own tough defense to success in the Mid-Willamette.

The Lady Foxes have allowed a league-low 38.0 points per game heading into the Feb. 11 home game against Crescent Valley.

Silverton, ranked No. 9 by OSAA, played for the league lead against Corvallis on Friday, Feb. 13.

“Our defense continues to play very well,” second-year Foxes Coach Tal Wold told Our Town.

“We are getting key contributions from our bench. Hannah Munson has improved so much on both ends and is playing really well. Megan Traeger, one of our senior leaders, had great minutes at Lebanon (a 55-36 Foxes victory), and Brooke McCarty another one of our freshmen, had nine assists and nine rebounds at Lebanon.

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“The girls continue to improve on some little things that we need to do better and they have a great attitude. There is still so much basketball left, but we are having fun and working hard.”

The girls’ final two home games in regular season are at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 against Central and Feb. 27 against Dallas.

Football: Kennedy quarterback Noah Giberson will represent the Trojans in the East West Shrine All-Star game Aug. 1 in Baker City. The benefit event includes the top senior players in Oregon in Class 1A to 4A.

Giberson etched his name into the record books in six categories for Kennedy in 2014. Giberson set records for passing yards in a season (2,018), touchdown passes in a career (48), touchdown passes in a season (22), touchdown passes in a game (five), passing yards in a game (328) and longest pass play (85 yards).

Wrestling: Silverton hosted the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14. Look for a report on the meet and a state meet lookahead in the March 1 edition of Our Town.

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