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Sutherlin masters Lakeview in season opener

November 30, 2018

SUTHERLIN — Abigail Masterfield broke open a close game with a personal first in the final 30 seconds of the first quarter on Thursday.

A veteran junior, Masterfield scored seven points in that span, helping Sutherlin break away from Lakeview for a 58-38 victory in the nonleague season opener at the fourth Bill Spelgatti Invitational.

“I didn’t know that, but no I have not,′ Masterfield said after being asked about her offensive outburst. “Wow. That’s a new one for me.

“We all did a really good job and we all gave up shots and made shots. As a team we did really good.”

There were some hiccups, but nothing that came from a lack of effort on the Bulldogs’ part.

“It was an opener,” Sutherlin coach Josh Grotting said. “We did some good things and some not so good things, but you couldn’t question the effort, and that’s a big change from last year. That part was great.”

So it was a good start for the Bulldgos (1-0), who never trailed against the quick and agile 2A Honkers (0-1).

“They’re quick, they’re athletic and they’re going to be a headache for everyone in their league this year,” Grotting said.

The same might be said about the Bulldogs, who saw an injury-riddled season derail any hope of winning a fifth straight Class 4A state title. Sutherlin wound up playing a lot of younger athletes in 2018.

Being forced to go young then paid dividends against Lakeview.

“This year we have a little more speed, a little more effort than last year,” Masterfield said. “I’m pretty excited for this year.”

Masterfield scored Sutherlin’s final nine points of the second quarter, with the outburst in the final 30 seconds taking the Bulldogs from a 13-9 lead to a 20-9 bulge.

She got her 10th point on a free throw in the second quarter, and the rest of the team handled the remaining scoring needs. Sophomore Paige Bailey, who had five points in the first quarter, led Sutherlin with 13 points, and eight Bulldogs scored in the contest. Freshman Sierra Nielsen finished with nine points and junior Carmen Ganger had eight.

“It’s paying off now,” Grotting said of having to go young in 2018. “We had Sierra Nielsen play a ton of minutes tonight and the difference in her from first half to second half was just phenomenal. She’s going to be a really good one.”

Nielsen had seven points in the second half, and all of her points came from the second period on.

“Paige went through it last year and Sierra is this year,” Grotting said. “But I think we have enough good people around her that it makes it easier and she’s so long and athletic that she makes some really good things happen for us.”

It was also the first start in a Bulldogs uniform for sophomore point guard Jadyn Vermillion, a transfer from South Umpqua.

“They are bringing a whole new speed and they have so much ball handling skills than some of us,” Masterfield said of the addition of Nielsen and Vermillion.

“For Jadyn, too, it was her first time, her first game for her up here,” Grotting said. “We had some first time kids.”

Grotting was able to clear the bench in the final two minutes of the contest. Sutherlin led 57-30 with 2:40 left.

Lakeview was paced by sophomore Samantha Conley, a 5-7 guard, with 16 points. Brette Graham added seven for the Honkers, who will face South Umpqua at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Sutherlin will play Warrenton at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

LAKEVIEW (38) — Samantha Conley 8 0-0 16, H. Suba 2 1-1 5, Zendejas 0 0-0 0, Maita 0 0-0 0, Z. Suba 0 0-0 0, Jones 1 0-0 2, Brewster 2 0-0 4, Evans 2 0-0 4, Graham 3 1-2 7, Soder 0 0-0 0, Dick 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 1-3 38.

SUTHERLIN (58) — Paige Bailey 5 0-0 13, Masterfield 4 1-2 10, Kuxhausen 0 0-0 0, Murphy 0 0-0 0, Ganger 3 2-2 8, Crawford 0 1-4 1, MacDonald 0 0-0 0, Vermillion 1 2-3 5, Carrillo 1 3-3 6, Candelaria 0 0-0 0, McHugill 0 6-6 6, Nielsen 3 1-2 9, Jarmin 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 15-18 58.

Lakeview;9;13;4;12;—;38

Sutherlin;20;12;9;17;—;58

3-Point Goals — Lak. 0, Sut. 8 (Bailey 3, Masterfield 1, Vermillion 1, Carrillo 1, Nielsen 2). Totals Fouls — Lak. 18, Sut. 12.

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