There would be no letdown for the Corvallis High girls basketball team.
Five days after knocking off Silverton — the defending Mid-Willamette Conference and 5A state champion — on the road, the Spartans showed no signs of leisure in Wednesday night’s rivalry game at Crescent Valley.
CHS ran out to a 22-2 start and never looked back, handing the Raiders a 72-40 loss to sweep the season series.
“I was really happy with our team and our effort tonight,” said senior post Grace Corbin. “We just seemed like we really wanted to be here and really wanted to play.”
It’s the 10th straight win in the series for CHS (14-3, 7-1), which wraps up a four-game road stretch Friday at Lebanon. CV (7-8, 2-5) hosts Dallas Friday night.
The Spartans led 24-3 after the first quarter and 46-17 at the break.
“Credit to our seniors, they came out with the right mindset,” CHS coach Greg Garrison said. “From a coaching standpoint, (coming out flat) is always in the back of your head. But our girls are pretty mature. A lot of these girls have done this for several years. For them to approach the game the right way, I couldn’t be happier.”
Last Friday, the Spartans overcame a third-quarter deficit to defeat Silverton 48-42. Corbin (18 points) and Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson (16) did much of their damage in the paint.
CHS was more balanced Wednesday night, getting points from all 10 Spartans that saw the floor. Vallancey-Martinson scored a game-high 16 while Corbin (14), Ellie Harding (nine) and Krysta Wilson (eight) weren’t far behind.
The Spartans connected on 11 3-pointers, seven coming in the first half.
“That’s a state championship type of team,” CV coach Craig Ellingson said. “It’s hard to get beat like that but it’s great to play that good of a team and try to get something out of it. The way they shot the ball, the way they defend, the way they execute, everything about them is really good and it makes you better.”
In the victory over Silverton, CHS made just three 3s while the Foxes hit 11.
“That’s not necessarily our strength, although we have been shooting the ball reasonably well because we try to go inside-out with our post play,” Garrison said. “We made a bunch of 3s early and that opened up our inside a bit. They were packing it in and we shot lights out, and that made things a lot easier for us.”
Sophomore point guard Cali McClave led the Raiders, who have dropped four straight, with 13 points. Freshman post Gwen Gray added 10.
Harding and Corbin drained 3s on CHS’ first two possessions, putting the visitors up 6-0 early. The lead grew to 8-0 on a Vallancey-Martinson layin before Gray got CV on the board with a putback.
Maddie Garretson's conventional 3-point play made it 22-2 with 1:30 to play in the quarter.
The Raiders’ 20 fourth-quarter points matched their total through the first three quarters.
“I feel like we’re struggling right now, but I have the kind of kids that will keep working and keep competing,” Ellingson said. “I think we’ll get better, and I think we got better because of the opportunity to play a team like them.”
Following its matchup with Lebanon, the Spartans return home next Wednesday to face Dallas.
The Dragons (10-6, 5-2) handed CHS its only MWC loss of the season last month.
“I’m personally super excited to play them,” Corbin said. “I know the rest of my team is ready to make sure that everyone knows that’s not how we play. We are going to play a lot more aggressively.”