By Randy Robbins

Special to the Pilot

Gold Beach never gave in or up-staging a ferocious third period come back after trailing by ten points, 20-10 at the half, to pull within five. The narrowing of his Lady Boomers lead made Toledo’s Lady Basketball Head Coach, Mychal Williams, in his words-”nervous.

“I was really glad to get out of here tonight with the win and proud of my girls for hanging in there when Gold Beach made that big run in the 3rd.” Adding “Gold Beach came ready to play and worked very hard. They are a very young team but should be very good in the years to come.”

Toledo was breathing a sigh of relief because their 8-2 league record in the Sunset 2A-4 is good enough for the second slot behind 10-0 first place Coquille. A misstep here would have meant sharing their 2nd place standing with 7-3 Walport. For their part the 1-9 Lady Panthers on paper weren’t supposed to be a problem.

But they were.

Chris Clark saw his girls Gold Beach third period Boomer scare through the eyes of a coach who sees the future of his team who hasn’t yet matured coming to a basketball court near you soon. He says

“I get that everyone wants to win the game. For me, I am happy that were finished the game only down nine points. It is more important to me to know where we are positioned in the season, to know we are growing and getting better.”

Toledo’s Kaleigh Otis hit a clutch three ball shot to jump start the stalling Boomer offense to break the Panther’s momentum and propel the Boomers to 14 to 11 edge at the end of three.

The young Panthers regrouped and pushed back again in the final stanza to outscore Toledo 13 to 10 behind several trips to the rack led by Sarina Watson-Lacey and Jenifer Risenhoover who each had 4 points to keep Williams and company looking in the rear view mirror before getting out of Curry with the 43-34 win.

Meanwhile, the smile on GBHS Coach Clark’s face after a loss may seem out of place to others, but with the way his youngsters are improving with every game don’t be surprised if any double parked silver Deloreans in the schools parking lot end up missing. It just could be Clark checking out his team two or three years down the road...

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