High school sports round-up: Watchmen up their game offensively after struggling vs. Crosshill Christian

The C.S. Lewis Academy girls basketball team relies heavily on its defense, so when the Watchmen aren't making shots, it can be difficult to stick with the better teams in the Casco League. SETH GORDON - Senior Lanaya Lester goes for a steal during C.S. Lewis Academy's 45-7 home loss to Crosshill Christian Jan. 16.

That was the case last week in a 45-7 home loss to Crosshill Christian, but CSLA coach Lucas Jepson said he was pleased with how his team improved at the offensive end in subsequent games versus Jewell and Southwest Christian.

Cali Mault led the team with 12 points Jan. 18 at Jewell, where the Watchmen outscored their hosts in the second half but still fell 45-22. Ally Trowbridge added eight points in the loss.

In playing one of its better halves of the season, CSLA trailed Southwest Christian 21-19 at the break, but the Wildcats took control in the second half by pressuring the Watchmen into turnovers.

Mault again scored 12 to pace C.S. Lewis, with Trowbridge scoring eight and Jamie Wooding seven.

Girls swimming

Lake Oswego 86, Newberg 84 — In what NHS coach George Sampson called the most exciting dual meet he's seen in over a decade, the two teams were tied 78-78 after 11 events Jan. 18. The Lakers won the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, by just over three seconds to claim the win. Tina Childress picked up wins for the Tigers (3-3 Three Rivers League) in the 50 (27.35) and 100 freestyle (55.30).

Boys swimming

Newberg 87, Lake Oswego 83 — Returning the favor following the girls' defeat, the Tiger boys won five events and held off a late charge from Lakers. Winners for Newberg (4-0-1) included Trey Fincher in the 50 free, Evan Secrist in the 100 fly and Zane Nygren in the 500 free, as well as the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.

Girls basketball

St. Paul 50, Santiam 36 —Erin Counts posted 18 points and Emma Connor had 13 in a road win Jan. 17.

St. Paul 39, E. Linn Christian 14 — The trio of Counts, Connor and Isabelle Wyss combined for 32 points on the road Friday night.

Kennedy 54, St. Paul 34 —The No. 7 Bucks enjoyed an early 10-2 lead and still held the advantage at 22-16 in the third before No. 1 Kennedy went on an 11-0 run to take control. Wyss led St. Paul (15-4, 5-2 Tri-River Conference) with 12 points

Boys basketball

Santiam 78, St. Paul 28 —The No. 4 Wolverines racked up 29 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

St. Paul 56, East Linn Christian 55 — Holden Smith scored a team-high 13 points and the Bucks also got 12 points apiece from Campbell Smith and Justin Herberger on the road Friday night.

Kennedy 57, St. Paul 40 —The Bucks trailed 41-34 after three, but were held to just six points in the final quarter Monday night. Jaidyn Jackson paced St. Paul (12-7, 3-4) with eight points.

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