PENDLETON — The first two weeks of Kalan McGlothan’s senior basketball season were not enjoyable for the all-league forward.
Due to a slight tear in her hamstring, McGlothan had to sit and watch from the sidelines as the Buckaroos stumbled to one win in their first four games. Being that basketball is her favorite sport, McGlothan had an extreme itch to get healed enough as quickly as she could to allow her to get back on the floor and play with her teammates.
On Tuesday night, she finally got her chance. McGlothan did not start, but still played significant minutes has her Buckaroos came up short against Lewiston 51-38 at Warberg Court. It was a game where the Buckaroos (1-4) as a whole simply could not buy a basket, getting plenty of good looks at the hoop only to have the ball roll around the rim and bounce out more often than it went through.
But even not yet at 100 percent, McGlothan still was impressive. She led Pendleton with 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, supplying Pendleton’s only made field goals in the first half.
“It was nice to get back,” a smiling McGlothan said afterward. “I need a few games to get back into things, but it felt really good.”
Pendleton coach Kevin Porter said having McGlothan back is a much-needed boost for Pendleton moving forward.
“Obviously she’s not herself yet, but it’s nice to have her back,” he said. “I expect her and everybody else to be in top shape in another month or so, but for now we’re still learning.”
The game began as anything but an offensive showcase for both teams, as the scoreboard was stuck at 0-0 until the four minute mark of the first when Lewiston’s (7-1) Alyssa Ralstin hit a jump shot. Pendleton finally broke onto the scoreboard at the 3:07 mark when McGlothan grabbed an offensive rebound off a Buckaroo miss and made a floater while being fouled. A made free throw gave Pendleton a 3-2 lead, which was its only lead of the game.
Lewiston led just 5-3 after the first quarter and Pendleton fought to within 14-12 early in the second quarter before the missed shots began to add up and Lewiston started to pad its lead. The Buckaroos made just 2-of-27 attempts in the first half and trailed 20-14 at the break, and for the game made just 10-of-53 attempts (19 percent).
“Mama said there’d be days like this,” Pendleton coach Kevin Porter joked. “There’s no secret formula to why we didn’t make shots. We’ve been hitting those shots ... We got wide-open 15-footers on the baseline and the foul line, wide-open 3-pointers that Jaiden (Lemberger) normally will knock down, and we just couldn’t get it in the hole tonight for some reason.”
McGlothan echoed Porter’s feelings, adding “You just have those games and you can’t do anything about those sometimes,” she said. “We had great effort and heart out there so that’s all you can ask for as a team, really.”
Pendleton’s scoring was helped out by its aggressiveness in taking the ball to the basket, as the Buckaroos attempted 29 free throws and made 17. The 17 points was nearly as many as the team scored on made field goals (21) in the game. Behind McGlothan, Maureen Davies added nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks, and Lemberger finished with 11 points.
Lewiston’s Morgan Genzer led all scorers with 17 points with the help of five made 3-pointers.
Even with the loss, Porter was very happy with the effort that Pendleton gave in the game following up its tough loss at Walla Walla on Friday night.
“I’m proud of the effort,” Porter said. “I challenged them to come out with effort and desire because those are things we can’t coach, and I thought we had a lot of effort and desire. We executed well, we just couldn’t hit a shot, and that game just came down to a few possessions.”
PENDLETON — Following Friday’s lethargic loss at home to Walla Walla, the Pendleton Buckaroo boys were anxious to get back on the floor Tuesday night to right the ship. And after a bit of a sloppy first half on Tuesday night againt Lewiston (ID), the Buckaroos found a groove in the second half and stayed in it for all 16 minutes as they coasted to a 71-57 win at Warberg Court.
“I think they were hungry,” Pendleton coach Kyle Tedder said of his team. “When you lose two in a row, two tough ones, you want to get better because you can’t go down three in a row. We got contributions from all over the place ... we shot 59 percent overall and I’m happy with that on any given night.”
Junior Tyler Newsom had a huge game for Pendleton (4-3) with a game-high 28 points, six rebounds and three assists. He shot 9-of-14 from the floor and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and scored 17 of his points in the second half.
“I felt confident,” Newsom said. “I tried to make plays for others and they tried to make plays for me and it worked out.”
Pendleton and Lewiston were deadlocked at 10-10 after the first quarter and the Buckaroos held a slim 26-25 lead at the break. But Pendleton started the second half confidently and efficiently and slowly built up a lead. But just as Pendleton would start to get momentum, Lewiston would counter with a shot or two of its own to stay close behind.
A turning point for the Bucks came with 6:53 left in the game when Ryan Russell nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put his team up 49-43, and just one minute later Pendleton’s lead reached double digits at 53-43 following a lay-in from Richard Scott.
“They (Lewiston) had their punches but at the same time, we responded with the best poise we’ve had all year,” Tedder said. “And that’s the bottom line. We still have to get better, we still have to improve, but this was a flash of what could come.”
Russell was outstanding for the Buckaroos with 10 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night with two clutch second half 3-pointers, while adding six rebounds and superb interior defense. Scott scored 12 points with six rebounds inside, while Dakota Sams added 12 points and Shaw Jerome finished with nine points.
Pendleton shot a superb 49 percent from the floor making 24-of-41 shot attempts and was 7-of-13 from 3-point range.
“At the end of the day we want to play well and protect our home court,” Tedder said. “We have some guys that are hungry and figuring it out and that’s what’s the beauty of this. I said Day 1 this is a project, we’re going to have our highs, we’re going to have our lows, but this was a step forward.”
LHS 5 15 18 13 — 51
PHS 3 10 12 13 — 38
LEWISTON — M. Genzer 17, C. Cady 10, A. Ralstin 8, D. Randall 5, B. Cornelia 4, M. Stoddard 4, M. Eke 3.
PENDLETON — K. McGlothan 10, M. Davies 9, J. Lemberger 6, R. Gentner 4, H. Kiele 3, U. Guerrero 3, H. Porter 2, S. Spriet 1.
3-pointers — LHS 7, PHS 1. Free throws — LHS 4-11, PHS 17-29. Fouls — LHS 21, PHS 8.
LHS 10 15 15 17 — 57
PHS 10 16 17 28 — 71
LEWISTON — C. McKenzie 19, C. Spencer 12, D. Santana 10, T. Bradley 5, K. Van Boeyen 5, B. Ruddell 3, T. Wallace 3.
PENDLETON — T. Newsom 28, R. Scott 12, D. Sams 12, R. Russell 10, S. Jerome 9, K. Broncheau, D. Jackson, G. Lee, W. Camp, C. Sandford, M. Gallegos.
3-pointers — LHS 9, PHS 7. Free throws — LHS 6-7, PHS 16-23. Fouls — LHS 22, PHS 6.
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