3A Santiam Christian vs Salem Academy

Santiam Christian senior Madeline Kier works to get around Salem Academy’s Sydney Brown on the play in the first quarter of their quarterfinal game Thursday night in the 3A tournament at North Bend High School.

Lou Sennick, The World

NORTH BEND — Santiam Christian’s girls basketball team prides itself on defense. Thursday night the Eagles needed a little more offense.

Salem Academy beat Santiam Christian 47-28 in the quarterfinals at the Class 3A state tournament at North Bend, with the Eagles shooting a dismal 18 percent from the floor and nearly as bad 30 percent from the foul line.

The result is a consolation date with Portland Adventist Academy at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Marshfield High School. The Cougars fell to Amity 62-44.

“Our first goal is the blue trophy,” Santiam Christian coach Wendi Miller said. “That’s not possible. The next best thing is fourth place. That’s the new goal.”

For much of Thursday’s game, the Eagles kept close with their defense, limiting Salem Academy to 22 points in the first half and then just three in the third quarter. Still, they trailed 25-21 because of their own offensive woes.

And when the Crusaders opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run, there was no chance of a comeback.

Santiam Christian finished just 9-for-50 from the floor and 2-for-20 from 3-point range.

“We got the shots,” Miller said. “They didn’t go in. It was one of those games. Sometimes the shots don’t go.”

The Eagles were 4-for-17 from the line in the first half and 4-for-9 in the second.

“We were really nervous and excited coming in,” Santiam Christian’s Rebekah Preston said, adding that those things, combined with Salem Academy’s inside size, contributed to the Eagles’ struggles.

Preston hit one of the two 3-pointers to give the Eagles a 13-10 lead early in the second quarter, but Hallie Baker responded with a 3-pointer for Salem Academy and the Crusaders never trailed again, and put the game away in the fourth.

“I thought we played really good defense,” Miller said. “They did a great job of controlling the tempo at the end.”

Megan Fullbright led Santiam Christian with nine points and Preston had eight.

Preston also had eight rebounds, six steals and three assists.

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Aimee Smith had 14 points, Emma Hardy 12 and Sydney Brown 10 for the Crusaders, who meet Amity for a spot in the final.

Preston said the Eagles would fight to stay alive Friday.

“We’ll try to get a good night’s sleep, think about what we can do better, and just have fun,” she said.

Salem Academy 47, Santiam Christian 28

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 8 6 7 7 — 28

SALEM ACADEMY 10 12 3 22 — 47

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN: Megan Fullbright 9, Preston 8, Kessi 6, Bain 3, Porath 2, Watson, Ropp, Roth, Kier, Fast

SALEM ACADEMY: Aimee Smith14, Em. Hardy 12, S. Brown 10, Ev. Hardy 4, Baker 4, Larsen 2, Campbell 1, VanderStoel, Standridge, Holman, Gould, G. Brown

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