The Indians established control early, scoring the game’s first 14 points.
Roseburg High’s girls basketball team took a 20-point advantage by halftime and coasted to a 49-29 nonconference victory over Thurston of Springfield Wednesday night at Robertson Memorial Gym.
The Tribe moved to 2-1 on the season, while the 5A Colts dropped to 0-2.
Senior guard Jalen Robles led the Indians with a season-high 18 points, 11 coming in the second half. Samie Bergmann, a 5-foot-8 junior post who doesn’t back down to anyone, added nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Senior Amaya Goins, the other starting post, chipped in seven points but injured her right knee with 4:33 left in the second quarter. She didn’t return to the contest and the extent of the injury wasn’t known.
The Indians disrupted Thurston with a trapping halfcourt zone defense in the first half, leading to some points off turnovers. The Colts had 19 turnovers in the contest.
“I think we were getting down the court better and getting back on defense a lot quicker,” said Bergmann. “We stopped a lot of shots. We kept them below 20, which was one of our goals. Keeping them low and getting rebounds, and keeping the ball in our possession.
“The shots were going in, we were working well together and passing to each other,” she added. “I think our confidence definitely rose after this game. We’re all feeling pretty confident and trusting each other.”
Roseburg had seven players score points in the first half, led by Jalen Robles and Goins with seven each and Bergmann with five. Emily Wheeler ended a 17-2 first quarter by banking in a 3-pointer from well beyond the top of the key.
A pair of free throws by Roseburg guard Hannah Bartlett with 1:01 left in the second period made it 30-10 at the break. Bartlett had six points in the game.
“We haven’t seen that in a while,” RHS coach Rich Robles said, pleased with his team’s offensive output in the opening 16 minutes. “It does help when you get those steals and get some easy buckets. Amaya (Goins) had a great first quarter, being aggressive to the basket.”
Jalen Robles gave the Tribe its biggest lead of the game at 34-13 with a 15-foot jump shot with 2:05 remaining in the third quarter.
“Our biggest improvement (from the last game) was how aggressive we played,” said Rich Robles. “We really worked on pressuring the ball, being in position and going after steals. The girls did great tonight in that capacity.
“Offensively, we tried to keep the game fast which I felt we did early. When we had the lead, now it’s time to settle down and run our stuff and be a little more patient. We did a good job with that, too. You have to learn how to play with the lead at the same time as trying to get back the lead.”
Senior guard Haley Olsen was inserted into the starting lineup to give the Indians more ballhandling. She hit one of Roseburg’s three treys.
“Haley did a great job of handling the pressure,” Rich Robles said. “That keeps Jalen (Robles) on the wing and takes the pressure of her.”
Freshman Emily Bradley led Thurston with nine points, all her baskets coming on 3s.
Roseburg resumes nonconference play Friday at 5A Corvallis (0-2).
THURSTON (29) — Emily Bradley 9, Birkby 3, Weiss 1, Miller 3, Gilbert 3, Rice 3, Petersen 2, Williams 3, Hallett, Stevens, Norman 2. Totals 10 3-15 29.
ROSEBURG (49) — Jalen Robles 18, Bartlett 6, Olsen 3, Am. McCraw, As. McCraw, Lake 2, Knudson 1, Goins 7, Wheeler 3, Bergmann 9. Totals 18 10-16 49.
Thurston 2 8 7 12 — 29
Roseburg 17 13 4 15 — 49
3-Point Goals — Thu. 6 (Bradley 3, Williams 1, Birkby 1, Gilbert 1), Rose. 3 (Robles, Olsen, Wheeler). Total Fouls — Thu. 16, Rose. 13. Fouled Out — Gilbert, Knudson.
JV Score — Roseburg 41, Thurston 33.