West Albany can generate points in a multitude of ways on the basketball court.
On Tuesday night against rival South Albany, No. 3 West Albany went to work from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs connected on eight 3-pointers in a 78-34 victory over visiting South in a Mid-Willamette Conference girls basketball game. It is West’s 15th consecutive victory over the Rebels.
Corey James led the way with 25 points for the Bulldogs. The sophomore point guard hit four 3s and was 7 for 8 from the free throw line.
Ashton Siegner added 20 points, scoring 10 in each half. Senior Lauren Conser scored nine points, hitting two 3-pointers.
“They are long. They shoot well. They’re disciplined, savvy, intelligent. All those good things,” South coach Phil Smith said. “And tonight they were on.”
The Bulldogs led 17-6 after one and 42-22 at the break, scoring points in the paint, from long range, and from the foul line.
West removed all doubt with a 29-point third quarter.
“We have good shooters. Corey James is a good shooter. Lauren Conser is a good shooter. Kyia Duvall is a good shooter. If teams give us those shots, we’ll take them,” West coach Mike Haberly said.
“South Albany came out and played really, really hard tonight, and I have to commend them for that. But I thought our girls played really hard, too.”
Sara Henderson led the Rebels with 14 points. Hannah DeVyldere added 11 points.
West (16-0, 7-0 MWC) has been lightly tested during the first half of the conference season.
In their first five league games, the Bulldogs defeated their opponents by nearly 29 points per contest.
West did receive a stiff test from Corvallis last Friday, defeating the Spartans 52-49 at home.
“We are playing really well as a team right now,” Siegner said.
“We are working really hard in practice, and that is converting over to the games.”
With the victory over South, West now holds a 21/2 game lead over Corvallis (4-2) and Lebanon (4-2) with seven games to play. The Spartans face Crescent Valley at Gill Coliseum today, while the Warriors travel to Silverton.
The Rebels (4-13, 0-7) have now dropped 10 straight games since beginning the season with a 4-3 record.
South coach Phil Smith said that the Rebels have been solid defensively all season, but the points have been hard to come by.
“We struggle shooting the ball, and then turnovers. It is the silly ones that hurt us. I can take the ones when you are in the flow of the offense and you’re attacking, but it’s the ones where you just throw it. And that’s discipline and maturity,” Smith said.
The Rebels turned the ball over 24 times in the loss.
Tuesday night was also Smith’s final time coaching at the West Albany gym.
Smith, who is in his 10th year as head coach at South, is stepping down after the season because of work obligations.
“We’ve had the opportunity to win a few times here and play some close games. It is a great atmosphere, the South/West game, and I wish we could have more of them,” the coach said.
The Rebels and Bulldogs will meet again Friday, Feb. 22 at South in the regular- season finale for both schools.
West Albany 78, South Albany 34
South Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 16 10 2 — 34
West Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 25 29 7 — 78
South Albany: Sara Henderson 14, Flores 2, Edmiston, Wiesinger 2, DeVyldere 11, Rowe, C. Henderson 5, Boehme, Stablein, Murray, McCutcheon, Torgeson, Mendoza, Cullison. Totals: 10 12-18 34.
West Albany: Corey James 25, Duvall 7, Conser 9, Siegner 20, Nelke 6, Kimura, Hibbs 2, Cale 8, Wetmore 1, Parvin, Sams. Totals: 26 18-25 78.