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Sherwood gets defensive against Sandy

The Lady Bowmen zone up to get a 25-20 victory


by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DRIVE -- Sherwood sophomore guard Taylor Corno (5) looks to dribble past Sandy senior Kaylee Barnett.SHERWOOD — Every offensive possession seemed to be a challenge.

Every single point had to be earned.

In other words, the defense came out on top.

And so did the Sherwood High School girls basketball team.

The Lady Bowmen, pulling ahead in the final minutes, edged the Pioneers 25-20 in a Northwest Oregon Conference game, dominated by defense, played Friday at Sherwood High School.

“This was an important game for us,” Sherwood senior post Jaelyn Funk said. “It was a close game, and it's important to win these.”

“Defense was the key,” said Sherwood junior guard Jennah Stobie. “We strive to play really tough defense.”

The Pioneers moved to 5-4 in NWOC games at that point and to 10-8 on the season with the setback.

With the win, Sherwood improved to 7-2 in NWOC play at that point (12-6 overall), keeping the Lady Bowmen alone in second place in the conference standings at that point.

“That was a tough game,” Sherwood coach Wes Pappas said. “We knew they'd grind us. They do a good job of taking you out of what you want to do.”by: DAN BROOD - TO THE HOOP -- Sherwood junior guard Jennah Stobie goes up to the basket in Friday's game.

But the Lady Bowmen, with their swarming zone defense, also seemed to make things super tough on the Pioneers in Friday's game, helping for Sandy into a 6-for-23 shooting night from the field.

“I really like it,” Funk said of the Lady Bowmen's zone defense.

“We like to play hard on defense,” Stobie said.

While Sherwood may have been excelling on defense in Friday's game, so were the Pioneers, who played a part in the Lady Bowmen's 5-for-32 shooting performance for the night.

The defensive dominance started right from the opening tip.

Sandy got a three-pointer from senior Kaylee Barnett to claim a 3-0 lead with 5:15 left to play in the first quarter. But the Pioneers were able to score just two more points the rest of the period.

But Sherwood also managed just five points in the quarter, coming on a pair of baskets by junior post Mallory Shields and a free throw by Funk, leaving the teams tied at 5-5 at the end of the opening period.

Points were even harder to come by in the second quarter. Sandy scored three points in the period. Sherwood scored four points in the quarter, coming on a turnaround jumper by Funk and a pair of free throws by Stobie, to take a 9-8 halftime lead.

The Lady Bowmen, getting a follow-up hoop by Funk and a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Taylor Corno, opened their lead to 13-8 with 6:52 left in the third quarter. But Sandy didn't allow Sherwood to score again in the remainder of the period.

Meanwhile, the Pioneers got a three-pointer by freshman Leah Barnett and a basket on a foul-line jumper by junior Sofia Remsburg to tie the game at 13-13 going into the fourth quarter.

Sandy then took its first lead since the first quarter, at 15-13, when junior Raquel Pellecer went 2 for 2 from the foul line with 7:45 left in the game.by: DAN BROOD - STRONG INSIDE -- Sherwood junior post Mallory Shields had eight points and nine rebounds in the win over Sandy.

But the Lady Bowmen answered back. Sherwood went on a 6-0 run, which included a pair of free throws by Funk, a basket on a drive to the hoop by Shields and two more free throws by Stobie to take a 19-15 lead with 3:14 remaining.

The Pioneers cut the lead to one, at 19-18, when Remsburg sank a three-pointer from the right corner with 1:31 left to play.

Sherwood got a pair of free throws by Shields with 1:06 remaining, but the Pioneers cut the lead back to one, at 21-20 when Nutt scored on a drive to the basket with 25 seconds left to play.

Sherwood upped the margin to 23-20 when Corno sank a pair of free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining. Then, following a Sherwood time out, Funk stole the ensuing Sandy inbounds pass. The Pioneers were then forced to foul, and Sherwood junior Jessica Thiel went 2 for 2 from the stripe with 8.7 seconds left to play to wrap up the 25-20 win for the home team.

Free throws seemed to be a key for Sherwood down the stretch, as the Bowmen went 10 for 12 from the line in the fourth quarter.

“That was stressful,” Stobie said of the fourth-quarter foul shots. “But we work on those a lot in practice.”

“This was a good team effort,” Pappas said. “I'm really pleased with the girls.”

Shields had eight points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Lady Bowmen in the victory. Funk scored seven points to go with five rebounds and four steals. Stobie and Corno each scored four points.

Pellecer led Sandy with six points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Bowmen picked up another NWOC win on Saturday, as they bested Liberty 41-28 in a game played at Liberty High School. Shield scored 12 points for Sherwood in that win. Stobie added eight points, Thiel had seven and Funk scored six.

Sherwood also bested Parkrose 51-24 in a conference game played Tuesday at Parkrose High School.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they host Milwaukie in a conference game starting at 7:15 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to Wilsonville for a 7:15 p.m. league game.



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