Long Creek girls recover from loss against Spray, down Mitchell 40-37

Miranda Bennett and Becca Helstowski

LONG CREEK - Recovering from a 47-8 shellacking by the hometown Spray Eagles on Friday, Jan. 31, the Long Creek girls basketball team made a complete turnaround on Saturday, Feb. 1, and earned their third TriCo League victory of the season with a 40-37 triumph over Mitchell.

The split puts the Mountaineers' season record at 3-6 in league games and 4-13 overall.

League-leading Spray held Long Creek to just four points in each half of Friday's contest, and shut the Mountaineers' offense completely down.

"It wasn't pretty," Long Creek coach Marianne Smith said.

The Eagles took a 13-2 lead after the first quarter and upped the margin to 21-4 at halftime.

The Mountaineers were held scoreless in the third quarter while Spray put up 12 points and cruised to victory.

Val Bonnanfant scored four points for Long Creek, and Oyuka Sereeter and Becca Helstowski accounted for the other four.

On Saturday it was a different story, as Helstowski blistered the net for a game-high 24 points, to lead the Mountaineers to victory.

Trailing 10-6 after the first quarter of action, the Long Creek offense went to work in the second period putting 10 points on the board to take a 16-15 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Mountaineers stayed hot from the field putting up 15 points, and then held off a late rush by the Loggers to pick up the win.

"It was a good win for us being able to knock off Mitchell which is in third place in the league," Smith said. "Overall, the girls played extremely well and played together as a team."

Miranda Bennett chipped in with seven points for the Mountaineers and Karolien Dorsman hit for five points.

Senior Rachel Stockton led Mitchell with 19 points, and teammate Jennifer Watkins had seven.

The Lady Mountaineers play at Burnt River on Friday, Feb. 7, and return to Long Creek for their final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 8, against Ukiah. Tip-off time for both games is 6 p.m.

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