Anaconda thumps Arlee for home-opening win at the Snake Pit

Junior guard Megan Reich sets up the offense for Anaconda. The Copperheads saw nine of 10 players score en route to a 62-24 win over Arlee Saturday night. Blake Hempstead/Copperhead Country

From the opening tip, the Copperheads pressure defense stymied the Scarlets. In a moments notice, Anaconda was up by double-figures and never looked back, cruising to a 62-24 home-opening win over the conference newcomer Saturday at newly-renovated Memorial Gymnasium.

Senior Logan Stetzner’s game-high 16 and sophomore reserve guard Sami Johnson’s 10 paced the effort for Anaconda, who saw all but one player seeing time score.

Copperhead senior Isabel Saltenberger defends the drive of Arlee’s Peyton Lammerding. Blake Hempstead/Copperhead Country

Anaconda mixed a variety of presses until midway through the second quarter before calling off the dogs. In each instance, the pressure applied in the backcourt was too much for the young Scarlets were prepared to handle. At the half, the Copperheads had built an insurmountable 40-17 lead.

Sophomore forward Alyssa Peterson looks for an entry pass into the lane guarded by Arlee freshman Jerny Crawford. Blake Hempstead/Copperhead Country

Sophomore Kora Kelly was near double-digits with nine, senior Isabel Saltenberger had eight and sophomore Alyssa Peterson added six to help pace the dominant effort from Anaconda.

Arlee’s Cheyenne Pablo scored a team-high eight followed by Jerny Crawford’s six.

Late in the fourth quarter, Anaconda was still putting on the pressure. Sydni Thompson (20) and Bianca Torney pin down Jerny Crawford leading to a jump ball. Blake Hempstead/Copperhead Country

Anaconda now turns to a nonconference game against Corvallis Tuesday before seeing 6B foes – Loyola and Deer Lodge – on Thursday and Friday both on the road. Tuesday and Friday’s games will be broadcast live on copperheadcountry.airtime.pro

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