Mt. Hood gets big win over Chemeketa
GRESHAM — Mt. Hood needed a win on Wednesday over Chemeketa to grab a firm hold of the fourth spot in the NWAC South, which would help them remain in position for a berth in the playoffs.
With a ton riding on this game, Mt. Hood (8-12, 5-5 NWAC South) played their best offensive basketball of the year, scoring a season-high 87 points to come away with the 87-74 victory over Chemeketa (5-15, 3-6).
Courtney Jackson led the Saints with a huge game off the bench, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Tatyana Lyles dropped 15 points and was 3-of-4 (.750) from downtown while Rachel Watson and Jessica Parker added 14 points apiece.
"I felt like we attacked the basket really well tonight and did a good job of getting to the free throw line," Mt. Hood head coach Jeremy Vandenboer said. "This was one of the best shooting nights we have had in a while, which is what really blew the game open."
Mt. Hood started out the contest on a 12-4 run thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Parker. After both teams traded buckets for the remainder of the period, Chemeketa wound up cutting the lead to four at 23-19 early in the second quarter.
However, that would be as close as the Storm would ever get.
After a three-point play by Jackson, the Saints unloaded with a flurry of long-range shots. McKenzie Long, Ashlie Collins and Madison Allen, along with Jackson and Lyles, each buried 3-pointers in Mt. Hood's 21-2 run, putting the Saints up 45-21 late in the second quarter.
Mt. Hood ended up going 7-of-12 (.583) from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes.
"Getting after it on defense I felt like was one of the main things that pushed our offense," Jackson said. "We moved the ball really well and our aggressiveness kept (Chemeketa) on their toes…We played like we had nothing to lose."
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