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.
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 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.
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