Sherwood girls pull away from Lake Oswego 48-28
For the first half of their Friday home game against Sherwood, the Lake Oswego girls basketball team moved the ball, knocked down shots, defended and competed.
But when Sherwood turned up the defensive pressure and clamped down on the Lakers' offense in the second half, Lake Oswego had no answer.
Sherwood took a one-point halftime lead and built on it impressively in the final two quarters, eventually pulling away to win 48-28 at Lake Oswego High School.
"I feel like our energy was really good and … in the second half, we really started to get our hands on balls and that was really something we needed to do," said Sherwood senior guard Lauren Scarvie, who led all scorers with 20 points after hitting 8 of 11 shots from the field (including one 3-pointer) and all three of her foul shots.
"At the beginning, (coach Wes Pappas) was talking about pressure and we just didn't have enough of it," added junior guard Aubrie Emmons, who added nine points on 3 of 9 shooting (including three "threes"). "But after we put on pressure, it was a lot easier. It was just different energy in the second half."
With the win — Sherwood's fourth straight — the 20th-ranked Lady Bowmen improved to 7-6 and fourth place in Three Rivers League play (12-9 overall). The No. 31 Lakers, meanwhile, lost for a second straight time and fell to 4-9 (7-14 overall) and a sixth-place tie with St. Mary's and Lakeridge.
"In the second half, we definitely got a little flustered because things weren't coming as easily as they did in the first half and I think our energy just took a nosedive from there," said Lake Oswego sophomore wing Megan Woolard, who led her team with nine points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field (all three of her makes were "threes"). "There was no way we could come back together and get it back up."
"There was definitely a lack of energy (in the second half) and Sherwood definitely stepped up their defense and we kind of got flustered, I guess," added Lake Oswego freshman guard Emma Jeanson, who finished with six points on 2 of 3 shooting from the field (both her makes 3-pointers).
Lake Oswego started fast on Friday, holding Sherwood to just 1 of 7 shooting from the field in the first quarter, forcing six turnovers by the Lady Bowmen and grabbing a 7-2 lead when Jeanson took a pass from junior teammate Taylor Anders and buried a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the period.
But Sherwood closed with 7-4 at the end of the frame, then got even at 7-7 when Emmons took a pass from sophomore teammate Eva Boughey and drilled a "three" from the left wing 37 seconds into the second period.
The rest of the half was a spirited back-and-forth battle, with Lake Oswego getting baskets from five different players, including a Woolard 3-pointer and a three-point play by Anders.
Sherwood answered with a pair of Emmons "threes," two baskets by Boughey and seven Scarvie points to grab a 21-20 lead at the break.
The Lakers were still within 27-23 when junior Katy Gilbert set up Woolard for another 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:19 to go in the third quarter, but that was pretty much the end of Lake Oswego's offensive highlights.
Lake Oswego scored just five points in the game's final 12:18, going just 1 of 10 shooting from the floor (that "one" a Woolard 3-pointer), 2 of 2 at the line and committing seven turnovers in the final nine minutes.
"We just need to stick together and play through the entire game (like we did in the first half), because in the fourth quarter, we kind of slacked and didn't play together," Jeanson said.
"I think we shot about the same number of shots both halves, but I think the first half, we definitely slowed it down a little bit and looked for the best shots and I think we had a higher shooting percentage the first half," Woolard said.
On their end of the court, the Lady Bowmen pulled away slowly but surely, closing the third quarter on an 8-2 run that included three points from freshman Jane Sandilands and another 3-pointer by Emmons to lead 35-25.
Sherwood then dropped a 13-3 bomb on Lake Oswego in the fourth quarter to pull away even further, with Scarvie hitting a "three" and scoring five points, and freshman teammate Kylah Williams adding four more to put the Lakers away.
"I feel like everyone took really good care of the ball today, and we had a ton of people attacking today which was really good because they were putting up a lot of pressure so it's good to have people go by," Scarvie said.
"I sprained my ankle so I was out for a game and we had another girl who had a concussion and that's two of our starters so it was really hard but … the younger kids stepped up," Emmons added. "They have been working their butt off in practice and you can definitely see a difference in them maturity-wise. We don't win without them."
For the game, Sherwood forced 22 Lake Oswego turnovers while only giving it back 12 times.
Next up, Sherwood plays at St. Mary's Academy at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while Lake Oswego plays at Canby at 7 p.m. Tuesday.