Sherwood beats Newberg, then forced to forfeit game
SHERWOOD — The Newberg High School girls basketball team had a good shooting night from the field. In fact, the Tigers were red-hot, especially from three-point territory. But, as it turned out, it was a technicality that gave them the game despite being beat 46-38 on Friday.
According to NHS coch Luke Lindell, a Sherwood player played in six quarters during the junior varsity and varsity games, so the Bowmen were forced to forfeit under OSAA rules that limit players to five quarters.
"It's an unfortunate circumstance," Lindell said. "It's good for us, but at the same time we know we lost, so we have to get better."
The Bowmen, forcing 28 turnovers and limiting Newberg to 18 shots from the field, powered their way to the 46-38 win over the Tigers in a Three Rivers League game Friday.
"I thought our defense was good," said Sherwood junior post Kaytlin Cooke, who scored seven second-half points in the win. "They got just 18 shots; that was good."
"We may be small, but we're fast," said Sherwood senior guard Lauren Scarvie, who scored a team-high 17 points.
With the victory, Sherwood evened its league record at 1-1, while improving to 2-3 on the season.
"This was a necessary win for us to build confidence," Scarvie said.
"We needed this," Cooke added. "We needed it to push ourselves."
The young Newberg squad moved to 0-2 in TRL play and to 0-5 on the season with the setback.
"It was good," said Newberg junior wing Giselle Benetti, who scored a game-high 20 points in the contest. "We're a whole new team. We see a lot of things that we need to work on, but we're battling."
Benetti helped the Tigers get off to a strong start to Friday's game. She scored eight points in the first quarter, sinking a pair of three-point baskets in the process, helping Newberg claim a 10-8 lead at the end of the period.
But Sherwood got off to a strong start to the second quarter. The Bowmen, getting a layup by freshman Kylah Williams off a pass from junior Aubrie Emmons, and a three-point play by junior Alex Verkamp, grabbed a 13-10 lead with 7 minutes and 11 seconds left to play in the period.
Newberg came back to tie the score at 13-13 following another three-pointer by Benetti, coming off an assist by junior post Allison Killion with 6:51 remaining before halftime.
But the swarming Sherwood defense wouldn't allow Newberg to score again in the period, helping force the Tigers into nine turnovers in the quarter.
Meanwhile, the Bowmen got a three-pointer by Scarvie and a layup by sophomore Julia Leitzinger, following a steal by Verkamp, to grab an 18-13 halftime advantage.
Sherwood kept rolling in the third quarter. Baskets by Verkamp, Cooke and Scarvie upped the margin to 24-15 with 4:54 remaining in the period. Bowmen sophomore guard Ava Boughey followed that up with a steal and layup. After that, a free throw by Emmons and a basket on a drive to the hoop by Scarvie gave Sherwood its biggest lead of the game at 29-17 with 2:22 remaining in the quarter.
But hot-shooting Newberg came fighting back. The Tigers, getting another three-pointer by Benetti, a pair of hoops by freshman guard Lexi Morace and a free throw by senior Maddie DeVerna, trimmed the margin to 31-25 at the end of the period.
"Our bench came in and they all got the job done," Benetti said of Newberg's late third-quarter rally.
The Tigers crept even closer in the final stanza. Newberg, getting a three-pointer by Ashley Kosmicki and three points by Benetti, trimmed the margin to 36-32 with 3:54 left to play in the game.
The Tigers also had possession of the ball soon after, with a chance to cut more off the lead. But, that's when the Sherwood defense came to life.
Scarvie came up with a steal and layup, while also being fouled on the play. She sank her ensuing free throw to up the Lady Bowmen lead to 39-32 with 3:43 remaining.
The Sherwood lead was at eight, at 41-33, when Cooke sank a turnaround jumper with 2:45 left to play.
Newberg, continuing to fight back, got a three-pointer by sophomore Renee Lee, making the score 41-36 with 2:16 remaining.
But Sherwood, getting a steal and layup by Verkamp and a pair of late free throws by Scarvie, closed out the 46-38 victory.
"Those steals got up pumped up," Scarvie said.
"The top of our zone, getting tips and steals, was huge," Cooke said.
Scarvie had five steals to go with her 17 points. Verkamp had 11 points and eight steals. Cooke had three rebounds to go with her seven points.
Sherwood, as a team, made 18 of 43 shots from the field and nine of 16 free-throw attempts in the victory.
Benetti, back this year from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, sank five three-point baskets on her way to scoring a game-high 20 points.
"I'm feeling good," she said with a smile.
Lee added six points for the Tigers, all coming in the fourth quarter. DeVerna scored five points and Morace had four.
Newberg, as a team, made 11 of 18 shots from the field, while shooting at a seven-for-eight clip from three-point range. The Tigers also made nine of 17 free-throw attempts.
"We'll learn from this," Benetti said. "Offense, defense, all of it. We're fighting hard and battling."
Newberg returned to action Tuesday (results unavailable at press time), when it played at McMinnville in a non-league game starting at 6:45 p.m.