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Day: February 7, 2017

Celtics respond against West Albany

McNary senior Adam Harvey led the Celtics in scoring in a blowout 78-47 win against West Albany.

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Back at full strength, McNary did what it does best—score in transition.

With four players in double digits, the Celtics routed West Albany 78-47 at home on Friday, Feb. 3.

The Bulldogs scored the first basket of the game but McNary, using a 1-3-1 zone defense, responded with a 15-2 run.

“We intended to come out strong and respond differently than others games because we were in a slump,” said McNary senior Adam Harvey, who finished with 15 points. “We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and play to our strengths. On defense, we were really getting a lot of deflections on the ball and getting a piece of it and getting on transition for easy layups.”

After West Albany knocked down a 3-pointer, the Celtics ended the first quarter with a 15-7 lead.

McNary then continued to dominate in the second period, opening with a 14-5 run, capped off by a 3-point play and then 3-pointer by junior Lucas Garvey off the bench.

Garvey finished with 13 points but Celtics coach Ryan Kirch was just as impressed with his defense.

“He really set the tone,” Kirch said. “You look at guys like Matt (Ismay) and Adam (Harvey) and you expect them to do those things all the time but Lucas’ development to where he was at at the beginning of the season to where he’s at now, he’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s a really good player. He makes us really, really tough.”

After McNary entered halftime with a commanding 37-14 lead, West Albany began to show some life on offense, scoring 12 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

Kirch then called time out, switched to man-to-man and the Celtics continued to clamp down on the Bulldogs. McNary outscored West Albany 23-7 in the fourth quarter.

The win came after back-to-back losses to Sprague and Forest Grove, in which multiple starters were either injured or sick.

“Our guys are mature,” Kirch said. “I think they were more frustrated that we weren’t at full strength for those games. They came out and we talked about playing angry early on and getting back to how we play. We haven’t really been guarding as well as we’d like the last couple of games so we kind of challenged them a little bit and they had a heck of a response. We’re proud of them.”

Lady Celts even the score with West Albany

McNary junior Paige Downer had nine points, including four free throws in the final minute, in the Lady Celts come-from-behind win over West Albany.

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary head coach Derick Handley told his girls basketball team to keep playing hard even when shots weren’t falling or things weren’t going their way.

They listened as the Lady Celts came from behind to defeat West Albany 35-29 on Friday, Feb. 3.

“Tonight was a great example that they (West Albany) had a lead and we still played hard and if you do that long enough good things will start to happen for you,” Handley said.

The Lady Celts trailed 27-24 when the game turned with 2:10 remaining as McNary senior Sydney Hunter, playing with four fouls, stole the basketball, made a layup on the other end and was fouled.

“I was just trying to make contact because I knew we were down three,” Hunter said.

After Hunter knocked down the free throw to complete the 3-point play and tie the game 27-27, the McNary defense got a stop and Kailey Doutt passed the ball to Abigail Hawley, whose jump shot gave the Lady Celts a 29-27 lead with 1:34 remaining.

After West Albany senior Saylor Siegner made two free throws to even the score, Hunter missed the front end of a 1-and-1 but got a defensive rebound and went back to the line.

Hunter made the first free throw, missed the second but got the offensive rebound and the ball to Paige Downer, who was fouled.

Downer, who finished with nine points, then made four free throws in the final 41 seconds to seal the victory.

“I just told myself to relax,” Downer said. “Free throws win games. We’ve been focusing on that in practice.”

Downer led the McNary offense in the first half, scoring five points at the start of the second quarter to tie the game at 9-9.

“We really all just played confident,” Downer said. “We’ve been working together all week to push each other and hold each other accountable. We’ve been going so hard in practice. It all really paid off tonight.”

Kailey Doutt, who added seven points and eight rebounds in the win, then scored on a putback to give the Lady Celts their first lead, 11-9, with 4:58 remaining in the first half.

But West Albany responded and led 16-14 at halftime and 25-22 entering the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs made just one field goal and scored only four points in the final period.

Hunter, who didn’t score her first basket until a layup with 1:03 remaining in the first half but added 11 in the second to finish with 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals, said the key to the win was having a short memory.

“We just have to forget about it and move on to the next shot because we can’t do anything about it,” Hunter said. “Definitely, our mental toughness has grown.”

McNary also evened the season score with the Lady Bulldogs, who it lost to on the road 48-41 back in December to begin league play.

Handley noted the Lady Celts did a better job against West Albany’s size and zone defense.

“They really tried to pack the key on us,” Handley said. “They challenged our guards to take shots. I think our guards did a better job this game of being willing to attack. We shared the ball really well. The adjustments we needed to make was No. 1 ball fakes but No. 2 if you feel two bodies coming to you, it’s ball fake and make the extra pass and I think our ball movement especially in the paint got a lot better in the second half as well.”

That started with Downer, who Handley said had the best game of her career.

“She was complete,” Handley said. “She was great on defense. She was our best guard rebounder tonight. She was smart with the basketball. She was our one guard, especially early, that was willing to dribble drive into the zone to draw defenders and she was doing it with purpose to get a teammate open. She was really what made us go.”

Seniors win final swim meet

McNary seniors Jake Wyer, Parker Dean, Alex Sharabarin, Alysha Alfaro, Bryce Looney and Gavin Jaqua were honored on Tuesday, Jan. 31, during their final high school swim meet at the KROC Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

SALEM–What they lack in numbers, McNary’s six seniors more than make up for in leadership.

“It’s a small group but they do a lot,” Celtics head coach Casey Lewin said. “They motivate kids in practice. They set a good example. They’ll be missed for sure.”

Jake Wyer, Parker Dean, Alex Sharabarin, Aysha Alfaro, Bryce Looney and Gavin Jaqua left their final high school meet in the Kroc Center winners as McNary combined to outscore North Salem 248-60 on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Along with winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.52, Wyer also helped the 200 medley relay team of Dean, Brock Wyer and Harrison Vaughn place first in 2:00.50. Jake Wyer, Vaughn, Wyatt Sherwood and Grant Biondi then won the 200 free relay in 1:40.67.

Dean, Biondi, Sherwood and Jack O’Connor took first in the 400 free relay in 4:08.42.

Gavin Jaqua had the fastest time in the 100 fly, finishing in 1:09.83. Bryce Looney won the 500 free in 6:59.74. Sharabarin touched the wall first in the 200 free, finishing in 2:25.70.

For the girls, Alfaro took third in the 500 free in 7:59.68.

The underclassmen also shined for McNary.

Freshman Alyssa Garvey won the 50 free in 27.60 and the 100 fly in 1:14.70.

Sophomore Emma Garland had the fastest time in the 200 free, finishing in 2:29.58.

Kylie McCarty placed first in the 200 IM in 2:33.77. Emily Alger touched the wall first in the 100 free in 1:02.82.

Lizzie Bryant won the 100 back in 1:12.58 and Sarah Eckert had the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:20.68.

Bryant, Eckert, Hannah Corpe and Haley Debban teamed up to win the 200 medley relay in 2:13.61.

Garvey, Alger, Eckert and Debban took first in the 200 free relay in 1:53.54. Bryant, Alger, Kyle Daulton and Bailey White then won the 400 free relay in 4:33.60.

Leading the boys, Biondi won the 100 free in 54.28 and the 100 back in 1:10.57. Freshman Kyle Hooper had the fastest time in the 100 breast in 1:13.84 as well as the 200 IM in 2:21.13.

McNary will compete in the district meet on Feb. 10-11 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.