On Friday, Waldport (Ore.) High's girls basketball team had a very bad night. It started with a rough first quarter, in which the Fighting Irish showed little fight in falling behind 25-2. Then, amazingly, it got even worse: The Irish never scored again.
That's right, across a 32-minute varsity girls basketball game, Waldport was only able to score one bucket, in the opening period, during which Santiam connected for nearly a dozen. In fact, Santiam Christian's dominance was so complete that the Eagles nearly had two players record double-doubles in the same game, with Emilie Kessi pulling off the feat with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
The more interesting part of the story, however, is what has gone -- and always will go -- completely unreported. It's one thing for a team to have a bad shooting night. It's another thing entirely to score only two points in an entire game.
Equally fascinating is that the fierce defense turned in for three quarters by Santiam Christian exacerbated an already lopsided scoreline, a concept that is great for maintaining a perfect record, but hard to reconcile with Christian ideals, which Santiam Christian's mission statement claims the school is dedicated to. To the best of Prep Rally's understanding, those ideals always include mercy.
Naturally, that goal of mercy can be compromised by an opponent's struggle to find the basket. Santiam wasn't the first team to hold Waldport in single digits for a game. In fact, the margin of victory in Salem Academy's 80-8 victory was even greater than the 63-2 final score put up by Santiam.
Of course, none of that will help Waldport score more points in future games, though recent matchups have shown significant improvement for the Irish. Waldport fell to Eddyville Charter 40-18 on Satuday and 60-18 at Toledo on Tuesday. Naturally, neither of those scorelines give immense hope for a win in the near future, but they do offer support for one notion: There probably isn't another two-point game coming from the Irish, at least until Jan. 21, when Waldport will visit Santiam. It'll be interesting to see how the victor handles the rematch.