Forest Grove girls use second half rally to upend Glencoe, 53-42
Some teams are quick starters. From the tip they have the necessary energy and determination to go at their opponent, dominate them and take what they feel is rightfully theirs. But for reasons beyond Forest Grove head coach Dan Lumpkin and his staff, the Vikings girls aren't, and as a result they like to make things interesting.
"We have to be ready to play from the start of the game," Lumpkin said. "I think a lot of times we react to how the other team is playing and then try to match it as opposed to just coming out and playing a certain way from the beginning."
That was again the case as Forest Grove got behind early, gained a second-half lead, then pulled away late in a 53-42 win over Glencoe Tuesday night, Feb. 18, at Glencoe High School.
Led by the combined effort of guards Amanda Rebsom, Ashlynn Dawson and Kayleen Dominguez, who combined for 40 of the Vikings' 53 points, the visiting Viks managed to turn a sloppy first-half performance into an intense and determined second-half, leading to the win.
"I think once we realize we have to fight back, something changes," Rebsom said. "We just get together at halftime, we say what we have to do, pump each other up and go out there and do it."
Early-on it was Glencoe who appeared determined, building an 11-5 lead thanks to the quickness of wiry junior guard Bella Martinez and the inside grit of junior post Jayda Lee, who combined for seven of the Tide's first nine points. But Forest Grove cut the lead to four with a late Rebsom bucket to end the first quarter, leading to both teams treading water for much of the second en route to a 19-16 halftime Glencoe lead.
Forest Grove's Olivia Grosse cut the lead to one with a quick bucket to start the third quarter, then the Viks took a five point lead late in that same quarter, 32-27, when Rebsom scored five straight points, the last of which came on one of her four conventional 3-point plays in the game.
Despite the size and athleticism to get to the rim, Rebsom frequently finds herself settling for outside shots. Yet on this night, she took the proverbial bull by the horns, attacked the lane, and as a result found herself getting relatively easy baskets opposed to relying on hitting from long range.
"That is something that I hear every day, multiple times a day, 'Get to the basket Amanda,'" Rebsom said with a chuckle. "It's something I really struggle with, but once I get the confidence I just kind of go, and it worked out tonight."
Glencoe cut the lead to three on a late Skylar Baldonado three pointer to end the third quarter, but that was as close as the Tide would get the remainder of the way, thanks primarily to a handful of costly backcourt turnovers to start the fourth.
Using full court pressure, the Vikings forced a number of poor Glencoe passes from beneath their own basket, leading to eight straight Forest Grove points and a 41-30 Vikings lead. The Tide tried admirably to get back in it, thanks in large part to Martinez who scored 10 of their next 11 points. But in the end there was just too much Rebsom, too much Dominguez, and too much defense for Glencoe to make it back.
"We like to see what they're giving us, then we switch up our defense a lot," Rebsom said. "If we need some quick, easy steals, we'll throw in our 1-3-1, and if we think we have an advantage we'll go man-to-man. It's really whatever's working."
In the wake of a big win over Sherwood last Friday, and in the thick of a race for second place in a top-heavy Pacific Conference, it was imperative that the Vikings not suffer a setback against a feisty Tide team. But don't tell that to Lumpkin, who — like most coaches — said it's not about looking forward, but rather staying in the present and approaching each game with the same level of importance.
"We don't talk about the next game or even the postseason," Lumpkin said. "This was the only game that mattered tonight, and there's no easy wins in this conference. Having said that, we're still fighting for a home playoff game, so we've got to take care of these types of games in order to give ourselves a chance."
Forest Grove scorers included: Rebsom 17, Dominguez 14, Dawson 9, Lily Everson 5, Ally Hammond 4, Olivia Grosse 4.
Glencoe scorers included: Martinez 19, Lee 9, Mallory Confer 4, Brianna Ball 4, Baldonado 3, Megan Gaskin 2, Kizzi Vandehey 1.
The Vikings next host Century Tuesday, Feb. 25, and finish the regular season at Liberty Friday, Feb. 27.
Glencoe next travels to McMinnville for a 7:15 p.m. game Friday, Feb. 21.
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