Mountain View is a different team with senior Mia Morey on the floor.
In her second game back in the lineup after a four-game absence, Morey scored 23 points as the Cougars defeated Redmond 61-46 Thursday night in a nonleague girls basketball game.
“She makes a huge difference, obviously,” Mountain View coach Megan Dickerson said. “She can shoot the ball really well. She’s a great athlete. She just provides a big scoring threat for us. It’s great to have her back. She really made a difference on both ends.”
But Morey scored just one point last Friday in a 43-22 loss to Sherwood.
“I know that my job on the team is to be a scorer and I know I didn’t help my team and I didn’t do my job in that game,” Morey said. “I came into tonight hoping that I could do something more.”
Feeding off the home crowd, Morey scored 11 points in the first half and 12 in the second.
“The energy in the gym was awesome,” Morey said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had this many students, ever, so that was really awesome that that many people showed up. I know that we were really excited before the game coming out and seeing all the people in the stands.”
Morey and Bailey Dickerson, who scored a game-high 24 points, provided a one-two punch as the Cougars opened the second quarter on a 13-1 run to take control of the game, 27-13.
“We’ve talked to her (Dickerson) about better shot selection on the drive off the dribble and I think she did that tonight going off two feet, going strong to the rim instead of fading away from defenders,” Megan Dickerson said. “And she just wanted to win. We’ve lost three in a row. She’s a fighter and wanted to win.”
Leading 31-21 at halftime, Class 6A Mountain View outscored the 5A Panthers 16-10 in the third period.
“I think all the kids came in knowing that they needed to be confident and play to win,” Megan Dickerson said, “We’re so young and they’re learning what it takes to compete at this (varsity) level.”
Redmond opened the season with four straight wins but has now lost two in a row.
“We were just stagnant,” Redmond coach Angela Capps said. “We were not in sync defensively or offensively and it showed. We just weren’t in a rhythm. We weren’t playing together as one unit.”
Jordan Fox scored 16 points to lead the Panthers. Ava Kitchin, a first-team All-Intermountain Conference selection last season, missed the game because of a family commitment.
“She’s definitely a key part of our team but it’s not just one person,” Capps said. “Last week when we played against Hillsboro (a 60-64 loss) the girls stepped up and played really well without her.”
Even with the back-to-back losses, Redmond (4-2) is already more than halfway to its win total of last season, when the Panthers finished 7-16.
“We’ve come a long ways and I’m really proud of how far we’ve come,” Capps said. “They’ve all set the bar really high and this might be a good learning experience for us. We’ve had a really good start. This isn’t the end of the world.”
The Panthers host Century on Saturday and will then play next week in the Vince Dulcich Tournament at Astoria.
Mountain View plays next week in the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest in Bend.
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