The Del Norte girls basketball team faced its toughest task to date on Friday against a Sutherlin team riding a 61 game winning streak streaching back to 2013. The Warriors answered the challenge with a 41-33 victory on day two of the Pheonix (Ore.) Tournament.
"Everybody was pretty surprised. It is pretty huge here in Oregon I guess. We just hit our shots and they didn't," head coach Jeff Cook said. "After our win last night I told them that this would be our first real contest of the year and they accepted the challenge. We heard reports that they were kind of overlooking us - they didn't even stay and watch us play (on Thursday.) I kind of got the girls a little fired up. They accepted the challenge and everyone that got in the game played hard. We were just tougher than them. That is the bottom line."
The Warriors were able to build a 25-17 lead in the first half, despite a tough zone defense from Sutherlin that largely kept the Del Norte guards out of the lane. In the second half the Warriors shot 8-of-11 from the free throw line to secure the victory.
"Our guards couldn't really drive early in the game because they were playing a 1-3-1 zone," Cook said. "We were ahead 25-17 at half, so they switched to man-to-man and shut us down in the third quarter. We only scored three points and they scored seven but we won the fourth quarter 13-9."
The Warriors opened the tournament with a 58-28 victory over Cascade Christian on Thursday. They will wrap up play in Pheonix against winless Lakeview on Saturday.