WARRENTON — The Warrenton girls basketball team took advantage of “Can’t-Miss Kenzie” and a bunch of Riverdale turnovers to post an impressive 68-25 win Friday night, helping the Lady Warriors move one step closer to locking up a third-place finish in the Lewis & Clark League.
Warrenton improved to 10-4, one game ahead of De La Salle (9-5) with two games remaining. The Warriors play Tuesday at Portland Christian (4-10), while De La Salle hosts Clatskanie (13-1).
Sparking Warrenton in Friday’s win was a sophomore off the bench, Kenzie Ramsey.
The 5-foot-5 wing made two 3-pointers late in the first quarter to pretty much secure the win, giving the Warriors a 25-4 lead.
And Ramsey was just getting started, as she entered “The Zone.”
She had a string of four more 3-pointers in the second period, finishing the first half 6-for-7 from the 3-point line, resulting in a 41-12 Warrenton lead.
After a couple of misses in the third quarter, Ramsey heated up and drained two back-to-back treys in the fourth, finishing with eight 3-pointers to break the school record of seven held by Tyla Little and Brooklyn Campbell.
“It was unreal,” Warrenton coach Robert Hoepfl said of Ramsey’s night. “She’s a great shooter, and we’ve known that all season. Her first (3-pointer) was three or four feet behind the line. When it’s going good, it’s going good.”
Ramsey added a free throw to finish with 25 points off the bench. Fernanda Alvarez scored points in every quarter and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line for 14 points, and Little added 11.
“That was one of the most enjoyable games I’ve coached in years,” Hoepfl said. “We had everybody contributing. Tyla had six or seven steals, Claire Bussert had eight assists, and Fernanda finished with 10 rebounds for a double-double.”
Riverdale had 30 turnovers, 18 in the first half.
Warrenton improves to 17-5 overall, the most victories the Warriors have had since back-to-back 27-win seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11.