Celtic basketball season comes to an end
March 11, 2019 By:Lauren Murphy
By Alan Torres
Both McNary basketball teams had their playoff hopes dashed in the first round February 28. The boys lost to South Eugene 48-54 and the girls lost to Tigard 52-24.
Going into the playoffs, South Eugene was seeded 9th in the state, while the McNary’s boys team was 24th.
“We knew it was gonna be a pretty tough game,” said Deven Schurr, a senior on the boys’ team. Schurr’s teammate, senior Boston Smith, added that it was hard coming off three days of no practice due to the snow days before the game, followed by the long drive to Eugene.
Brayden Lyda, another senior on the team, said that the team didn’t play very well in the first quarter, but that later McNary made it a very back and forth game, with the team only being down one to two baskets for most of the game, and that when the clock eventually expired, McNary was six points down.
Noah Hudkins, another senior on the boys’ basketball team said that the team was dealing with some injuries and sickness during the game and was proud of the team for only losing by six. Even though they were facing a top ten team, Hudkins managed to score eight points, which was his second-highest scoring game of the season.
The girls’ game wasn’t as close. McNary went into playoffs as the 31st seed and had to play the 2nd seeded Tigard Tigers who beat them by 26 points.
Abigail Hawley, a senior on the girls’ basketball team said that girls team faced the same issues as the boys’ team as far as not being able to practice because of the snow. In addition, Hawley and the other two seniors on the team (Sabella Alfaro and Melissa Morgan) were all battling the flu during the game.
“We played as hard as we could; I’m proud of how we played,” Hawley said.
After these games, South Eugene went on to lose to Oregon City in the next round and Tigard went on to place fourth in the state.