PENDLETON — After Pendleton’s third consecutive loss Thursday night, there was little to smile about.
The Buckaroos invited the Wilsonville Wildcats to Warberg Court for their second home game in just as many days and with it endured a 72-46 beating — taking little away from their 26-point loss.
“I don’t have any positives,” head coach Kevin Porter said after the game.
The Wildcats had plenty of momentum, coming into town perfect so far in the young season. With the win, Wilsonville pushed its record to 5-0 and sunk the Bucks (1-5) while doing so.
Pendleton has played some of its better basketball in the second half to start the year, but against Wilsonville, the Bucks best performance would come in the opening quarter.
Senior forward Kalan McGlothan made her first start of the season in her second game back from injury. Porter labeled her the difference maker, but it will take some time before McGlothan gets comfortable on the court.
“She can be a difference maker but it certainly wasn’t that tonight,” he said.”
Instead, fellow senior Jaiden Lemberger had another team-best performance, scoring six of her 15 total points in the first quarter.
Lemberger’s efforts left the Bucks toe-to-toe with the Wildcats after the first eight minutes of play as Wilsonville held a narrow 13-11 lead.
Entering the second quarter, the teams traded points until Pendleton became stagnant allowing Wilsonville to take control after a 15-7 run.
The Wildcats entered halftime up 35-24, and from then on it was Wilsonville’s for the taking. Pendleton’s Achilles heel was its inability to secure the ball off the pass. Most of the Wildcats steals happened mid-air as a Buck lobbed it to a teammate unsuccessfully.
After the break, Lemberger sunk a long 3-pointer to cut Pendleton’s deficit to 11 points and on the its next position, McGlothan converted an and-one to bring some life back into the Bucks offense. Three plays later Lemberger hit another three to bring Pendleton within 8-points of Wilsonville.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, the 43-35 deficit was as close as they would get to the Wildcats the rest of the night.
Another big run from Wilsonville — 18-0 lasting 10 minutes — sealed its fifth consecutive win.
For Wilsonville, junior Emily Scanlan led the night with a game-high 16 points. Fellow juniors Reese Timm and Teagan McNamee each chipped in 12 points. Timm did the most damage at the charity stripe by making three of her four free throw attempts while McNamee’s presence in the paint was nearly unstoppable.
The Bucks will work through their miscues and hopefully have things click by the time they get back on the court.
“We’re just going to continue to do what we’ve been doing,” Porter said.
Pendleton will have until Monday, when it travels to South Albany for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
WHS 13 22 21 16 — 72
PHS 11 13 11 11 — 46
WILSONVILLE — E. Scanlan 16, T. McNamee 12, R. Timm 12, C. Gutridge 10, S. Burns 6, E. Bishop 6, J. Classen 5, A. Morris 3, K. Hieb 2.
PENDLETON — J. Lemberger 15, U. Guerrero 11, K. McGlothan 11, R. Genter 5, S. Spriet 2, M. Davies 2.
3-pointers — WHS 8, PHS 5. Free throws — WHS 6-12, PHS 13-22. Fouls — WHS 22 (Bishop fouled out), PHS 15.
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