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Warriors Today: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

Warriors Today: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

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PHS girls basketball: Braedyn McNeely

Philomath's Braedyn McNeely brings the ball upcourt after a steal.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Monday, Jan. 13.

Philomath’s girls basketball team just looks unbeatable right now. While watching them on Friday night up at Stayton — and this is something covered in the story — they had a poor night shooting the ball ... and still won by 26 points.

Sage Kramer has been a scoring machine through the 11-game winning streak to start the season. Junior Mia Rust continues to produce and senior Emma Pankalla’s presence shows up on both ends.

But there are a lot of talented players on the floor beyond those three. One that caught my eye Friday night was junior Braedyn McNeely. A talented 5-foot-5 guard, McNeely has been seeing varsity time since her freshman season. She has an impressive eye out on the court and often picks up assists with pinpoint passes to players like Kramer.

“She had some good assists tonight but she also does a great job on the defensive end,” PHS Ben Silva was quick to point out. “She sets a tone for us defensively up top, flying around, getting turnovers. She creates a lot of turnovers.”

Philomath wanted to get off to a strong start in the Oregon West and got the job done against Stayton. Last year, the Warriors lost by 10 points on the Eagles’ court and the two teams ended up sharing the conference title. lt served as a motivation for the players this time around.

“We came up here last year and they beat us, which made us co-league champions,” Silva said. “So we definitely wanted to come get one tonight.”

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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