Sandy falters against Lakeridge after strong start
LAKE OSWEGO — The Sandy offense was firing on all cylinders in the first eight minutes, moving the ball with great efficiency and knocking down open shots.
When the second quarter came, it was different story.
The swarming Lakeridge defense held the Pioneers to just 18 points for the remainder of the contest as the Pacers routed Sandy 69-35 in the first game of the Nike Interstate Shootout on Wednesday.
"We really struggled when (Lakeridge) went to a 2-3 zone …That is something that our offense really needs to work on," Sandy head coach Nechele Bradshaw said. "They gave us some different looks that really stomped us and we didn't respond. We knew it was going to be a tough game."
Brooke Clinton had a game-high 21 points for Lakeridge, including hitting five of her shots from downtown. Isabella Kansala led Sandy with 10 points.
"We came out with the mindset that we obviously wanted to play hard, but we also wanted to play smart," Clinton said. "Making sure that we were constantly talking and were always aware of where Sandy's players were on defense…Our offense a lot of times thrives on our defensive play, so that was huge for us."
Kansala got going early with five quick points in the opening minutes of the game to give Sandy the early lead. Sarah Dukhart and Tana Dwyre were soon to follow with long jumpers and a banked in a 3-pointer by Athena Thomas put the Pioneers up 17-13. But even after the spark from Sandy, the Pacers were quick to respond.
Laura Barton and Sierra Zevenbergen each hit triples in the final two minutes of the period, giving Lakeridge the 18-17 advantage.
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