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Lily Everson scores 17 points and leads a balanced Viking attack in the nonleague win over the Indians.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove's Lily Everson goes up for a shot amidst Scappoose defenders Peyton Lennox (5), Anna Ross (12) and Maddie Swadley (21) during the teams' game Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Forest Grove High School.Both teams were looking to bounce back from defeats in their last outings, but only Forest Grove was able to do so, defeating Scappoose 55-44 in a non-league game Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Forest Grove High School.

It wasn't pretty for either team, but despite the rust from more than two weeks off, Vikings head coach Dan Lumpkin said he was, at the very least, pleased with what matters most: the win.

"We hadn't played since Dec. 19, and even last week, practice was optional due to the snow, so we haven't really had everyone together," Lumpkin said. "We were a little out of shape and the chemistry wasn't quite there, but we found a way to build a lead and ultimately win by 11. We'll take it."

Lily Everson led Forest Grove with 17 points.

Everson seemed to get baskets when the Vikings needed them most. Lumpkin said the senior has taken big steps this season, and by her own doing, she's stepped up for a young team that values her veteran leadership.

"Lily has really come into her own this year," the coach said. "She's always been really athletic, but this year, she's really learned how to play more under control, finishing better around the basket and staying out of foul trouble. She's really elevated her play and that's really, really nice for us."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose's Maddie Swadley attempts a free throw during the Indians' game against Forest Grove Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Forest Grove High School.Scappoose started the game strong, getting 19 first-quarter points from the trio of Maddie Swadley, Sydney Liao, and Anna Ross en route to a five-point lead to start the second quarter. But Forest Grove went to halftime down just 28-27, and by the end of the third quarter, the Vikings led 37-33 thanks in part to what they typically hang their hat on: defense.

Lumpkin said nothing changed from a strategic standpoint from the first half to the second, but pride and execution ultimately led to what was a markedly better performance.

"We've always kind of prided ourselves in being a good defensive team, and we know we can play good defense," he said. "But in that first quarter, the kids weren't executing the little things. We've had that problem a bit this year, where we'll play really well for a period, but then have these lags. We're still looking to put it together for a full game."

In addition to Everson, the Viks got points from seven different players, including 13 from sophomore Katelyn Petersen and 10 from senior guard Ally Hammond, who also tallied five rebounds. The team will need that type of depth to compete as the season progresses, and with the league schedule just a week away, Lumpkin said he's looking forward to his team getting back to where they were prior to the two-week break.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove sophomore Katelyn Petersen dribbles around a Scappoose defender during the Vikings' game against the Indians Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Forest Grove High School."I feel like we were playing our best right before the break in games with Ridgeview and Silverton," Lumpkin said. "We weren't turning it over, were making shots, people were attacking and in the right positions, and we need to get back there."

He added that it could get interesting with the frequent postponements popping up across the state due to COVID-19 complications, which he said will make it incumbent upon him and his players to properly prepare.

"I think that in the back of our minds there's that looming possibility of getting ready to play, and then the game doesn't take place," he said. "It's kind of like baseball or softball when things get rained out — you've got to mentally prepare for a reschedule, and I think that's going to test a lot of teams. We need to be ready for that."

Forest Grove scorers included: Everson 17, Petersen 13, Hammond 10, Myle Vernon 5, Lauren Buchanan 5, Emma Emerson 3, Grace Burke 2.

Scappoose scorers included: Swadley 15, Ross 12, Liao 9, Dylan Mann 4, Kaitlin Dahla 4.PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose senior Kaitlin Dahla dribbles around Forest Grove's Lily Everson during the teams' game Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Forest Grove High School.

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