SUTHERLIN — Sutherlin guard Miranda Mendenhall had a bit of a score to settle with coach Josh Grotting on Tuesday night.
It turned out to be more like a vendetta by which the sophomore guard was possessed, however, and the result was the death of two school records.
Mendenhall’s mock beef was birthed last Friday, when Grotting benched her and other starters for a quarter when they failed to play up to Grotting’s intensity during a win at North Bend.
“She’s one of my favorite kids I’ve ever coached, but my expectations are really high for her,” Grotting said. “More than any kid I’ve had play for me, that (benching) drives her absolutely nutso.”
Mendenhall responded Tuesday against Douglas with video-game numbers: 38 points and eight 3-point field goals, both new Bulldog marks.
In fact, she outscored the Trojans by herself in the 63-34 victory, which was top-ranked Sutherlin’s 23rd straight.
The Bulldogs, already the outright Far West League champs at 9-0, can secure their second straight perfect regular season with a win Friday at second-place Brookings.
Mendenhall is likely not to get benched for that one.
The 5-foot-6 right-hander took control early, scoring 20 points as the Bulldogs took a 29-20 halftime lead. She finished an absurd 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, and her only blemish was at the free-throw line, where she went 6-for-14.
“I was joking with her during the game, saying you’d be in the mid-40s if you’d make a free throw,” Grotting said.
He was jokingly in her ear again with 1 minute, 15 seconds left, when Mendenhall stood at the line one point away from matching Tess Bennett’s previous record of 37, which she put up against South Umpqua on Feb. 24, 2009.
Mendenhall missed the free throw, but got the rebound and put it back in. The record was hers.
“She was something else,” Grotting said.
Grotting was made aware that Mendenhall was approaching the record with a few minutes left and pulled her aside to let her know.
“In typical Miranda fashion, she had assists on our next three possessions,” he said.
Grotting added that Mendenhall’s teammates were yelling at her from the bench to get more shots up. Ultimately, they got their wish.
Brooklyn Norman previously had the single-game record for 3-pointers with seven in a 2010 Class 4A playoff game.
Grotting set a record of his own last on Friday at North Bend, surpassing Gary Olson for Sutherlin’s all-time lead in girls basketball coaching victories. Olson accumulated 148.
Freshman Kayce Mock added 10 points for Sutherlin and Kylee Carson chipped in five.
Anna Rietmann scored a team-high 12 points for Douglas (12-10, 6-3), while Katherine Miller tallied five points and six rebounds. Geniva Johnson and Tori Bond had five points apiece.
The Trojans can still secure the FWL’s No. 2 seed into the playoffs if they win Friday against North Bend and Sutherlin defeats Brookings. They’ll do no worse than the third seed, though.
DOUGLAS (34) — Anna Rietmann 12, Johnson 6, Miller 5, Bond 5, Jellison 4, Harris 2, Warren. Totals 14 5-10 34.
SUTHERLIN (63) — Miranda Mendenhall 38, K. Mock 10, Carson 5, R. Mock 4, Hults 2, LeFevre 2, Clarno 2, Merrifield, Bell. Totals 21 8-17 63.
Douglas 6 14 8 6 — 34
Sutherlin 15 14 15 19 — 63
3-point shots — Doug. 1 (Bond), Suth. 11 (Mendenhall 8, K. Mock 2, Carson 1). Fouls — Doug. 19, Suth. 17. Fouled out — Miller. JV score — Sutherlin def. Douglas.