Brittney Orendorff scored a career-high 12 points and the Sherman Huskies won their seventh game in the past eight using a solid first three quarters to build a huge lead for a 45-22 victory over Griswold Saturday in Big Sky Conference girl’s hoops play in Helix.
After a 14-point loss to first-place Dufur, Sherman head coach Steve Kaseberg was impressed with the way his group responded.
“(It was) a good effort put forth by everyone in the program,” the Husky coach said. “We had a good bounce-back game for the varsity after Friday’s loss and our J.V. team played well in their game. With three games on the road this past week, the kids won two out of three and we were right there in our loss to Dufur. Coach (Steve) Bird and I like the direction that our program is progressing in.”
Although faced with a task of hitting the hardwood against a struggling Griswold team that has now lost nine of the last 10 matchups, coach Kaseberg liked the way his team started.
Sherman had its offense and defense working at full throttle with runs of 13-4 and 10-2 to take hold of a 23-6 halftime cushion.
The Huskies burst out of the locker room ready to land a knockout blow and jumped all over the Grizzlies with a 20-10 run in the third quarter to move in front by a 43-16 margin with eight minutes left in the game.
Not only did the Huskies get a breakout performance from Orendorff, senior point guard Andie Harrison orchestrated the offense to perfection with an all-around effort of nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Janet Guzman flexed her muscles down on the blocks with eight points and eight rebounds.
The Huskies have another three-game week over the next five days, so his message on the blackboard is not having any letdowns.
“We are confident in what we are doing on and off the court,” Kaseberg said. “It’s a great group of student/athletes and Coach Bird and I are looking forward to the stretch run with this group.”
Sherman (11-8 overall, 5-3 league) hosts South Wasco (9-10, 5-4) at 6 p.m. tonight.
After that, the Huskies pay host to Central Christian (5-8, 2-6) at 6 p.m. Friday