Toledo girls bounce back in Holiday Tournament

Mahala Fisher pulls up in the key for a two-point basket. Fisher was one of many Boomers to showcase her skills at the Toledo Holiday Tournament. (Photo by Nugesse Ghebrendrias)

“We need to keep building on the confidence level.” — Mychal Williams

TOLEDO — After going cold in a 45-19 loss to Union in the first round of the Toledo Holiday Tournament, the lady Boomers responded with a confident victory overIllinois Valley 59-33 and then a dominant victory over the Waldport girls basketball team 73-50.

In game two against Illinois Valley, the Boomers relied on seniors Mahala Fisher and Tana'ya Barnhart, who combined for 34 points.

Fisher scored 22, and Barnhart had 12 points as the Boomers erased a poor shooting performance on Thursday, Jan. 2, against Union.

“I think that (offense) was the key for us, and we really focused on that. We talked about it after the game and again in a meeting this morning on how to respond to a frustrating effort the night before, and they showed character,” Toledo head coach Mychal Williams said. “I think this win will definitely build more character.”

Offensively, it was a large improvement, but defensively, the Boomers were solid.

In four quarters, they allowed more than 10 points once; only allowing seven, seven and eight points through the first three quarters.

Outside of the Cougars’ Bailee Moore, who had 20 points, no other Cougar scored more than six points.

“I think this game is more of us than what you saw last night,” Williams said. “We just need to be more confident against better teams and just be able to play our game. We’ve already played a few teams tough, so it’s all about getting our flow back, and you can get out of rhythm sometimes, but I think that we are going to be fine.”

Moving forward, the Boomers have a few things to work out before their league opener against Myrtle Point on Tuesday.

Some work on defense and offense will help and has been ongoing over the last few weeks for Toledo, but the energy both on the court and the bench is also something the team has been working on. During the win against Illinois Valley, the team looked enthusiastic throughout the game.

“In the past, the energy was always there, but now, we have to try harder to get that out of the team. It had died down a little bit over the last few weeks for us, so we were trying to harp on it and how important it is. The team picked up their energy level, including the bench, and I think it helped us perform better,” Williams said.

Just as they did in their second game, the Toledo Boomers handled their business in a 73-50 win over Waldport.

Eight different Boomers got on the scoresheet as Toledo closed out its 2020 tournament with consecutive wins to end the preseason.

Mahala Fisher finished the game with a team-high 14 points, while Tana'ya Barnhart and Kylie Warfield each had 11 points on the day.

The Boomers faced offensive issues early in the tournament, but as the weekend progressed, the girls began to find the rhythm they are accustomed to playing with.

Toledo scored 19 in the first game, 59 in the second game and 73 in the final game. The Boomers increased their point output by 54 points from the first game to last, a positive sign as the 2A-4 Sunset Conference season is right around the corner.

 

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