David Douglas girls in prime playoff position
6A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
|David Douglas Scots|
SANDY — The David Douglas girls basketball team showed itself to be a factor in the Mount Hood Conference title chase Wednesday night with a convincing 58-38 road win in Sandy.
After trading the lead three times in the early stages, the Scots shed themselves off a pesky Sandy squad with a nine-point flurry in the final minute of the first quarter.
Paige Collins did most of the damage, starting when she picked off a pass at midcourt and beat everyone to the basket for a layup. On the Scots' next trip, guard Shayla Slossar was pinned in the corner only to loop a long pass to the top of the arc where Collins sank an open 3.
Before Sandy could get the ball across halfcourt, Collins came up with a steal and was bumped on her way to the hoop. She swished both free throws.
Collins came up with seven points in less time than it takes to watch a Super Bowl commercial.
"We aren't surprising people with our press anymore, so we need to shore it up and convert when we get a couple stops in a row — it's a momentum builder for sure," David Douglas coach Chris Cavanaugh said.
Time seemed destined to run out in the first quarter, but David Douglas beat the clock when Candace Reddix made a steal, took two quick dribbles down the sideline and fired the ball ahead to Slossar, who put a shot off the glass as the horn sounded.
In a flash, the Scots turned a four-point lead into a commanding 21-8 margin.
It would never get close again.
Marake Wondwossen converted a three-point play early in the second period, then sprinted to the defensive end where she drew a charging foul under the basket.
A few minutes later, Jenna Stradley took a pass on the block only to send it back out to teammate Ziling Zhen for a corner 3.
The half ended with Slossar picking up a steal and heading to the hoop. She attempted to pass the ball across the lane only to see Sandy's Gentrey Turin come up with the interception.
The Pioneers wouldn't hold the ball for long.
Turin attempted to clear a pass down the middle, but the Scots' Zhen leaped high into the air and pulled down the ball above her head. She then sent a pass to Slossar, who converted the layup to send Douglas into the locker room up 33-17.
Collins finished with a game-high 18 points.
With the win, the Scots forced a three-way tie for second place in the Mount Hood Conference alongside Central Catholic and Clackamas. With three weeks left in the regular season, the Scots (11-7) also matched their win total from each of the past three years.
"We have high goals for the rest of the year, and we want to keep improving," Cavanaugh said.
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This story is scheduled for our Friday, Feb. 7, print edition.
SANDY 8 9 13 8 — 38
David Douglas (58) — Paige Collins 18, Stradley 11, Wondwossen 8, Slossar 8, Zhen 6, Bilibei 4, Reddix 2, Goyee, Ellarma.
Sandy (38) — Sydney Brewster 14, Remsburg 8, Lucky 6, Allinger 4, Eslinger 2, Hill 2, Davis 2, Bradley, Turin, Adams.
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