Girls' basketball: Youthful Lions lose final game
St. Helens drops a 57-40 game to Parkrose, but will get much of the roster back.
The Lady Lions held a slight edge after the first quarter, but got outscored the rest of the way, falling by 17 points to Parkrose in the final game of their season.
The loss drops St. Helens into the bottom spot in the NWOC standings, finishing a half-game behind Parkrose in the overall standings. It was the Broncos that gave the Lions their first win of the season on Feb. 12, a 45-24 blowout to finally put St. Helens in the win column. Parkrose got their revenge on Feb. 28, taking down the Lions 57-40 and notching a win of their own.
Early on, though, it looked like St. Helens might pull out their second victory of the year. They went on a 9-2 run early in the first quarter, and led by four after the first period.
Parkrose then scored the first seven of the second quarter, and it was all downhill from there. The Broncos were up by as many as seven points late in the first half, and led by 13 in the final seconds of the third quarter. St. Helens crept to within nine points when Lucy Kyle-Milward connected on a bucket early in the final frame, but the Lions scored only four more points the rest of the way. Parkrose led by as many as 19 points before freshman Ana Steidly connected on a pair from the line to solidify the final margin.
Rianne Tupper, who has shown brilliant scoring flashes in her final season as a Lion, led St. Helens with 10 points. Kyle-Milward netted seven points, and freshman Maggie Cochran collected a team-high 11 rebounds.
Cochran is one of the bright young players who will return and make a difference next season for the young Lions, who will lose just five seniors from this years' roster. Senior guard Nicole Harcourt and towering post Kyle-Milward both saw significant time in the starting lineup, and St. Helens will have to search for their replacements, as well as withstanding the losses of seniors Kennen Hembree, Jessica Amick and Brittney Bartolomucci.
The Lions will have Tupper back for her senior season, adding some veteran experience to a youthful roster, along with junior post Bella Roth. Sophomore Emily Nollette saw significant playing time, along with Cochran and fellow freshman Kileigh Capelle.
Head coach Billy McKinney has also talked at length about the talent who has yet to reach high school from the eighth grade ranks, saying the next class has a chance to make themselves heard.
Parkrose 57, St. Helens 40
STHE 14 6 10 10 – 40
PARK 10 14 17 16 – 57
St. Helens (40): Tupper 10, Harcourt 3, Cappelle, Kyle-Milward 7, Reardon 4, Roth 4, Hembree 2, Curtiss 4, Steidley 2, Cochran 4, Rehkopf