High school sports round-up: Following a loss to St. Paul, the Watchmen are caught off guard Monday in a frustrating loss to Crosshill Christian

Senior Night just wasn’t supposed to go like this for C.S Lewis Academy.

After putting in a good effort in a loss at St. Paul Feb. 4, the Watchmen set to resume their chase for the No. 4 seed at the Casco League District tournament and celebrate their seniors at the same time Monday night.

Crosshill Christian, however, threw a wrench in that plan, upsetting C.S. Lewis 45-31 to sour the evening and make the Watchmen’s path to the district a lot tougher.

“We just mentally weren’t there,” senior Halah Grobey said. “We don’t’ have an excuse for it, we just didn’t really come for the game.”by: SETH GORDON - Disrupted - Senior Halah Grobey has her shot thrown off kilter by a defender during C.S. Lewis Academy's 45-31 loss to Crosshill Christian Monday night. Grobey scored six points on Senior Night.

After falling 34-24 at home in the two team’s first matchup, the visiting Eagles jumped out to a 23-14 lead at halftime thanks to some hot shooting from three-point range.

“We didn’t expect their threes, but our biggest problem (Monday) was that the girls were just lethargic,” CSLA coach Jeremy Friedrich said. “We just couldn’t seem to get the train rolling. No matter what kind of change I made, we were just not clicking.”

The Watchmen stepped it up their defensive effort in the third quarter, limiting Crosshill to two points for the quarter, but could only muster three points of its own.

C.S. Lewis was then dealt a harsh blow when leading scorer and rebounder Lana Friedrich fouled out just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Watchmen were already without one of their top ball handlers as starting point guard Katelyn Reimer sat out with a knee injury, but the situation got worse when Lydia Pia, who had taken over those duties, fouled out less than two minutes later, shortly after hitting a jumper to pull the home side within six at 27-21.

Sophomore forward Brittany Trowbridge stepped up and took control of the C.S. Lewis offense from that point forward, finishing with 10 points for the game. But it was not enough, as the Eagles pushed the lead to 13 over the next two minutes and coasted to the win.

“I think she realized it was down to her and (Grobey) and that things had to happen, somebody had to step up,” Jeremy Friedrich said of Trowbridge. “In situations like that, that’s when you hope to see that. She met that challenge exceptionally well. I was super happy about her performance.”

The Watchmen gave a much better effort against St. Paul last week, but the Bucks slowly built their lead over the final two quarters en route to a 41-28 victory in their only contest of the week. Friedrich led the Watchmen (9-13, 5-6 Casco) with 18 points and Reimer added six.

Sara Pierson paced St. Paul, which committed just seven turnovers for the game, with 14 points. The Bucks also got eight points from Remy Brentano and six points and five steals from Cameron Stone.

The Bucks will likely finish third in the league and play either Country Christian or Perrydale, both of which are tied for first, in the district tournament Feb. 18.

A win for C.S. Lewis would have gone a long way toward getting into the district tournament and possibly hosting in the first round.

The Watchmen came out of the Crosshill loss in the fifth and final playoff position, half a game behind fourth-place Jewell (5-7) and half a game ahead of sixth-place Falls City (4-7) with two games remaining to play.

C.S. Lewis traveled to Perrydale Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) and will finish the regular season Thursday at Falls City.

“This will really push us for Perrydale and Falls City,” Grobey said of Monday’s loss. “We’re good enough to beat them and we know we can. It’s just a matter of focusing and having the same mind so we can all click in. We play really well when we do that.”

St. Paul played at Crosshill Tuesday and then will finish out against Willamette Valley Wednesday and could do the Watchmen a favor by beating Jewell on the road in the regular season finale Friday night.

Century 60, Newberg 46 — The Tigers suffered their ninth loss in the past 10 games Feb. 4 and had their contest at Hillsboro postponed until Wednesday. Newberg (6-11, 1-7 Pacific Conference) will finish out the week Friday by hosting league-leading Tigard.

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