A sure sign of the Challenger girls progress as a team is their ballhandling. It wasn’t a strength at the beginning of the season, but Friday night. Cascade Christian committed just seven turnovers (if you’re under 12 you’re doing well) and jumped to the early lead to turn back South Umpqua 50-42 at home.
The Challengers sit in third place in the Far West League, one game behind second-place Brookings-Harbor, and Sutherlin having already clinched first. Coming up, Cascade Christain hosts Douglas on Tuesday, and has a road date with crosstown rival St. Mary’s Friday to wrap up the league schedule. Brookings-Harbor hosts St. Mary’s Tuesday, and travels to South Umpqua on Friday.
Senior forward Sophie Ferreira led Cascade with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Liz White added 15 points, including 7-for-9 free throw shooting. Paisley Fish hit double figures with 10 before fouling out. Katelyn Willard added 5 points and hustle, Elli Hagloch two points and a physical defensive presence. Neha Joseph scored a point, and figured into beating the Lancers defensive pressure, while adding her usual hawkish defense. Callie Sweem, Abby Holt, and Rebecca Clark added valuable minutes off the bench.