Defense, balanced attack lift Clackamas CC women over SWOCC
Sophomore guard C.J. Buckley scored 13 points to lead five Clackamas Community College players in double figures, and Savannah Duarte and Landy Williams anchored a solid half-court defense that helped carry the Cougars to a 78-58 Northwest Athletic Conference home win Saturday over Southwestern Oregon at Randall Hall in Oregon City.
Paige Downer, Peyton Elliott, and Miranda Jensen added 12 points each for the Cougars (6-5, 2-0 NWAC South), who opened a 42-16 halftime lead and then breezed to their fifth win in seven games.
Williams finished with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, and five steals, and Duarte had nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds as Clackamas avenged a 68-59 loss to the Lakers in the Nov. 23 season opener.
"I think the first time we played them, we just had some first-game jitters," Buckley said. "We didn't really defend very well the last game, but I think this time we really brought it and showed what we're made of at the defensive end.
"Our plan was to just go out with energy and get up a few more 3-pointers than we did the last time. We stuck to the plan pretty well and managed to get out in front and stay ahead of them the whole game."
The Cougars closed the first quarter on a 15-3 run to take a 21-8 lead, and then carried that momentum over into the second quarter when they again outscored SWOCC 21-8 to push their lead to 42-16.
For the half, the Lakers of Coos Bay shot 17.2 percent (5 for 29) from the field and 12.5 percent (1 for 8) from 3-point range with 13 turnovers.
"We just couldn't make anything the first half," Lakers coach Jeff Johnson said. "Early on, the shots weren't there because we were turning it over. They said we had 13 turnovers in the first half, but it felt like we had more than that.
"For whatever reason, we weren't ready when we came off the bus. And as a SWOCC team, we have to know how to come off the bus with all the travel that we do."
The Lakers outscored Clackamas 19-13 in the third quarter and then Kaylee Wegner's lay-up cut the Cougars' lead to 66-53 with 4:54 remaining, but that was as close as the Lakers could get in the second half.
SWOCC's Meghan Holloman finished with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Wegner added 12 points off the bench for the Lakers (5-8, 0-2).
Clackamas shot 45.9 percent (28 for 61) from the field with nine 3-pointers to SWOCC's 29.2 percent (21 for 72) with seven treys. The Lakers also had a 47-39 edge in rebounds and finished with 22 turnovers to the Cougars' 16.
"We shot it well early and I just think defensively we were pretty locked in," Cougars coach Jim Martineau said. "The third quarter didn't show it, but the first two quarters our half-court defense was as good as we've played all year. I think that's the big thing.
"Our record doesn't show it, but I still feel we're a top-three team in our region. We're getting a little bit better and we're started to see some glimpses of some good play out there. We've got a lot of talent. We just haven't it together yet, but I thought we made strides this week, for sure."