Despite a gritty effort, the Tide fall to the Skyhawks 67-39 behind Cameron Brink's 25 points and 10 rebounds

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Glencoe's Izzy Womack battles for position under the basket with standout Southridge sophomore Cameron Brink during the Tide's game with the Skyhawks Jan. 26 at Glencoe High School.Following a tough loss to Jesuit in their last contest a week ago, the Glencoe girls basketball squad faced an even a tougher opponent Friday night, Jan. 26 at Glencoe High School — and it wasn't pretty.

The Tide fell to No. 1-ranked Southridge 67-39, and while — like with any loss — disappointing, Glencoe will be asked to put this night's game behind them, pick-up the pieces and refocus for next Wednesday's home game against No. 4-ranked Beaverton.

"We're in the middle of one of the toughest streaks in our conference, playing Southridge (No.1), Jesuit (No. 9) and Beaverton (No. 4)," said Glencoe head coach Kassi Conditt. "And that's a tough streak for anyone."

Especially on this night.

The top-ranked Skyhawks — led by 6-foot-4 sophomore wing Cameron Brink — ended this one early, jumping-out to a 16-4 lead midway through the first quarter, and took a 16-point lead to the second on the back of Brink's inside game, coupled with timely outside shooting from Natalie and Maya Hoff.

It was more of the same in the second quarter, with Brink scoring two quick baskets and Natalie Hoff following with a three to give the visitors a 33-12 lead.

Brink, who's currently ranked as the fifth best sophomore in the country, finished with 25 points, most of which came in the first half. But while the standout was certainly a handful, the Tide were overwhelmed on both ends of the floor, committing costly turnovers against the press and struggling in the half-court against the bigger, more athletic Skyhawk squad.

"They're just very athletic and very experienced," said Conditt. "They have a lot of weapons, so you gamble and try to help off people and hope they're not the one that scores."

To their credit, Glencoe didn't quit. After trailing 47-21 at the half, the Tide were outscored just 10-7 in the third and showed some grit against the cream of the Oregon high school crop.

"I felt like we came out a little bit slow, but we responded in the second half, played good defense, and I thought the team played hard," Conditt said. "I told the girls not to be disappointed in their effort."

Southridge, however, seemed to take it personally, running their starters out to open the fourth quarter despite a 29-point lead. Maggie Freeman — another Skyhawk standout who's headed to Boise State to play basketball for the Broncos next season — opened with five straight points to put Southridge up 62-28 and for all intents and purposes, end the one-sided affair.

In the spite of the loss, Conditt was proud of her girls in the end.

"We knew they were a good team and that they were going to score," said the coach. "But you just have to battle and not back down. You have to make them earn every basket, and I thought the girls bought-in to that tonight."

Now the Tide (10-6, 5-4), who sit alone in fourth place in the Metro League, will pick up the pieces for their Wednesday, Jan. 31 battle with Beaverton. And Conditt expects her girls to take what they learned from this night's defeat and use it to their benefit going forward.

"We're the only team tonight who got to play the No. 1-ranked team in the state, and that's good competition for us," she said. "I think it will make us better going forward."

Glencoe was led by junior Elizabeth Anderson who finished with seven points, while Izzy Womack had six and Morgan DeBord tallied five.

Southridge was led by Brink's 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Freeman added 14 and Natalie Hoff finished with 13.

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