SALEM, Ore. – A solid second half effort by the Evergreen Geoducks that limited the 22nd-ranked Corban Warriors to just four points in the paint and zero second half points put a scare in the home team but the Warriors were able to hold on for a 63-51 win in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Monday night in Salem, Ore.
It took nearly seven minutes for the Geoducks (1-10, 0-2 CCC) to get on the board as Jessica Edge (Lake Stevens, Wash./Skagit Valley CC) hit a jumper at the 13:36 mark to interrupt an 11-0 run by Corban (7-4, 2-1 CCC) to open the game. Corban senior Katie Steigleman scored 11 of the Warrior’s first 18 points as she led her squad into the lead. As the first half progressed, Evergreen continued to fall behind, making just 8-of-13 attempts from the field for 24% as Corban took a 42-19 lead into the halftime break.
After the Warriors stretched the lead to 25 point with 14:46 left to play, the Geoducks started to put together the comeback, culminating in a 12-2 run that got Evergreen back within 10 points with 1:06 left to play. Forced to foul, the Geoducks were unable to close the gap any further, allowing the Warriors to escape with the 63-51 win.
Evergreen was led by 16 points from Edge. Sophomore Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS) had a game-high 14 rebounds on the night. The Geoduck defense forced 22 turnovers by the #22 Warriors, including nine steals.
Corban was led by 19 points from Steigleman, who saw 11 of those points come in the opening minutes. Emily Tsugawa added 14 points while Tara VanWeerdhuizen added 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
The Geoducks will look to bounce back on Tuesday night when they wrap up the Cascade Conference road trip with a drive to Eugene, Ore. for a date with Northwest Christian. Tip with the Beacons is set for 5:30 pm.