Holding your opponent to 31 points typically signals a quality performance on defense.
But for Corvallis High girls basketball coach Greg Garrison, Friday night’s 31-29 nonconference loss to visiting Roseburg was full of defensive breakdowns.
Amaya Goins made two free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining to win the game for Roseburg (1-2). Goins was fouled on a putback attempt off a miss by Jordan Stotler, who had rebounded Jalen Robles’ errant jumper in the closing seconds.
“Our defense kept us in the game. With that said, our defense kind of lost us the game, too,” Garrison said. “I don’t think we followed our rules and we gave up way too many offensive rebounds. So there are a number of things we have to get better at.”
Corvallis (2-2), which was coming off a 60-50 loss at South Salem — the defending 6A state champions — tied it at 29 with 2:05 to play on Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson’s only bucket of the night.
Following a Roseburg turnover and nearly a minute of motion offense, Garrison called timeout with 24.1 seconds on the clock. The Spartans generated an open corner 3-pointer for Sydney Joss, but the senior couldn’t knock it down.
“The designed play was to either get a drive or a 3,” said senior wing Ana Dursch-Smith, who led the Spartans with 12 points. “It was one or the other, depending on what the defense did. It was a good look.”
A kick ball during the scrum for the rebound gave Roseburg possession with 10.4 seconds left. The Indians quickly advanced the ball, generating three shot attempts and a foul.
“The disappointing thing is we had a foul to give at the end,” Garrison said. “So that last defensive possession was kind of a microcosm of the whole game. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do, and that’s what makes it more disappointing."
Stotler tallied a game-high 19 points and six blocks for the Indians, who placed fifth at last year’s 6A state tournament. The Spartans were fifth a season ago at the 5A tournament.
Roseburg led 11-7 after one quarter and went up 15-7 early in the second on consecutive buckets by Stotler.
“We didn’t lose this game in the last two seconds. We lost it at the beginning of the game,” Dursch-Smith said. “We came out flat, and if we would’ve come out stronger at the beginning of the game it would’ve turned out differently. It’s something to learn from.”
Joss' jumper tied it at 15 and the Spartans went ahead on a foul shot by Dursch-Smith with 1:11 remaining in the period.
Stotler put Roseburg up 17-16 at the half with another close-range basket.
The 6-foot-3 center had 11 points and five blocks in the opening half.
“We were trying to go into her and create space,” Garrison said of Stotler. “Obviously we failed shooting over her, so that hurt. And we are usually a better outside shooting team, so that combination didn’t help us at all.”
Stotler picked up her fourth foul with 4:04 left in the third quarter. The Spartans led 21-19 when she exited.
The senior reentered with 7:06 remaining and her team trailing 26-23. Stotler scored all of the Indians’ fourth-quarter points before Goins’ foul shots.
No other Roseburg player had more than four points.
Joss had seven points and Taylor Hurley added six for the Spartans, who continue nonconference play on Tuesday with a home game against Marist.