Sherwood win is wiped away by forfeit
SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls basketball team turned up the defensive pressure, and got what it thought was a much-needed win.
However, that victory would be wiped away.
The Lady Bowmen, after outscoring Newberg 46-38 in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Sherwood High School, ended up having to forfeit the contest. Sherwood had a player participate in six quarters on the night, between the junior varsity and varsity games. The limit is five quarters, leading to the Lady Bowmen forfeit.
With the victory, Newberg improved to 1-1 in TRL play, and to 1-4 on the season. Sherwood moved to 0-2 in TRL games and to 1-4 on the season.
As for the game itself, the Newberg High School girls basketball team had a good shooting night from the field.
In fact, the Tigers were red-hot, especially from three-point territory.
But, as it turned out, all of that didn't matter.
The Sherwood defense made sure of that.
The Lady Bowmen, forcing 28 turnovers and limiting Newberg to just 18 shots from the field, got what looked to be an eight-point win at the time.
"I thought our defense was good," said Sherwood junior post Kaytlin Cooke, who scored seven second-half points in the win. "They got just 18 shots, that was good."
"We may be small, but we're fast," said Sherwood senior guard Lauren Scarvie, who scored a team-high 17 points.
The young Newberg squad, despite the apparent loss, showed promise in the contest.
"It was good," said Newberg junior wing Giselle Benetti, who scored a game-high 20 points in the contest. "We're a whole new team. We see a lot of things that we need to work on, but we're battling."
Benetti helped the Tigers got off to a strong start to Friday's game. She scored eight points in the first quarter, sinking a pair of three-point baskets in the process, helping Newberg claim a 10-8 lead at the end of the period.
But Sherwood got off to a strong start to the second quarter. The Lady Bowmen, getting a layup by freshman Kylah Williams, off a pass from junior Aubrie Emmons, and a three-point play by junior Alex Verkamp, grabbed a 13-10 lead with 7 minutes and 11 seconds left to play in the period.
Newberg came back to tie the score, at 13-13, following another three-pointer by Benetti, coming off an assist by junior post Allison Killion, coming with 6:51 remaining before halftime.
But the swarming Sherwood defense wouldn't allow Newberg to score again in the period, helping force the Tigers into nine turnovers in the quarter.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen got a three-pointer by Scarvie, and a layup by sophomore Julia Leitzinger, following a steal by Verkamp, to grab an 18-13 halftime advantage.
Sherwood kept rolling in the third quarter. Baskets by Verkamp, Cooke and Scarvie upped the margin to 24-15 with 4:54 left in the period. Bowmen sophomore guard Ava Boughey followed that up with a steal and layup. After that, a free throw by Emmons and a basket on a drive to the hoop by Scarvie ave Sherwood its biggest lead of the game, at 29-17, with 2:22 left in the quarter.
But hot-shooting Newberg came fighting back. The Tigers, getting another three-pointer by Benetti, a pair of hoops by freshman guard Lexi Morace and a free throw by senior Maddie DeVerna, trimmed the margin to 31-25 at the end of the period.
"Our bench came in, and they all got the job done," Benetti said of Newberg's late third-quarter rally.
The Tigers crept even closer in the final stanza. Newberg, getting a three-pointer by Ashley Kosmicki and three points by Benetti, trimmed the margin to 36-32 with 3:54 left to play in the game.
The Tigers also had possession of the ball soon after, with a chance to cut more off the lead. But, that's when the Sherwood defense came to life.
Scarvie came up with a steal and layup, while also being fouled on the play. She sank her ensuing free throw to up the Lady Bowmen lead to 39-32 with 3:43 remaining.
The Sherwood lead was at eight, at 41-33, when Cooke sank a turnaround jumper with 2:45 left to play.
Newberg, continuing to fight back, got a three-pointer by sophomore Renee Lee, making the score 41-36 with 2:16 remaining.
But Sherwood, getting a steal and layup by Verkamp and a pair of late free throws by Scarvie, was able to close out the 46-38 victory.
"Those steals got up pumped up," Scarvie said.
"The top of our zone, getting tips and steals, was huge," Cooke said.
Scarvie had five steals to go with her 17 points. Verkamp had 11 points and eight steals. Cooke had three rebounds to go with her seven points.
Sherwood, as a team, made 18 of 43 shots fro the field and nine of 16 free-throw attempts in the victory.
"We can definitely build from this," Cooke said.
Benetti, back this year from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, sank five three-point baskets on her way to scoring a game-high 20 points.
"I'm feeling good," she said with a smile.
Lee added six points for the Tigers, all coming in the fourth quarter. DeVerna scored five points, and Morace had four.
Newberg, as a team, made 11 of 18 shots from the field, while shooting at a 7-for-8 clip from three-point range. The Tigers also made nine of 17 free-throw attempts.
On Tuesday, Sherwood bounced back to score a 42-32 win over Hillsboro in a non-league game played at Sherwood High School.
The Lady Bowmen will be back in action on Wednesday, when they face Marist Catholic at 2:30 p.m. in a first-round game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, being held at Lake Oswego High School. The tournament runs through Dec. 30.