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The Tigers drop to fourth place in league after consecutive losses to Sherwood and Forest Grove

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Newberg suffered a 38-28 loss to Forest Grove on Friday that dropped the Tigers to 6-6 and fourth place in the Pacific Conference.

The Newberg girls basketball team suffered two losses last week that ended the team's postseason aspirations.

The Tigers hosted Pacific Conference kingpin Sherwood on Feb. 22 and got bested in devastating fashion, losing 56-30 after 32 minutes of play. Newberg fell to 6-5 in league and 13-10 overall, but more importantly dropped in ranking to No. 34 among Class 6A schools. Going into the night the team had been the 30th-ranked team.

The OSAA seeds the top 32 teams in the playoffs -- the top three teams from each of the seven conferences, as well as the next 11 highest ranked teams in the state. Newberg was tied with McMinnville in the Pacific Conference with a 6-5 league record, but then dropped a game 38-28 to Forest Grove on Friday to sink to 6-6 in conference (13-11 overall) and a No. 33 ranking in the state.

The OSAA released its playoff brackets on Sunday. The Tigers were not included.

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Defense was key for both teams Friday, with the halftime score between the Tigers and the Vikings tied at 12 points.

Against the Bowmen, Newberg was unable to overcome the full court press that Sherwood enacted over the course of the game. The clampdown defense was too much and held Newberg to four points in the second quarter.

"They're the only team that presses like that," Lindell said. "We see a lot of soft presses and see some half-court traps, but we don't see that kind of full court pressure. They're the one team in our league that really does it, and they do it well. There's a reason why they're undefeated. You have to give them a lot of credit."

Newberg made up ground in the second half, nearly doubling its score with 19 second half points. The Tigers were led in scoring by senior Alli Stilp with six points, followed by freshmen Lydia Gray and Helmi Landwehr with four apiece.

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The Tigers dropped to 3-8 in the Pacific Conference (5-16) overall after a 75-64 loss to Sherwood on Feb. 22 at home.

Newberg finished off the regular season with a 57-39 loss to sixth-place Forest Grove. They did not earn a berth in the post season after finishing last in the seven team conference.


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