Sherwood gets win over Liberty before postseason play

SHERWOOD — The Lady Bowmen say it was an important game.

After all, it was their final contest before jumping into postseason play and they were playing in front of a large Senior Night home crowd.

And, with all of that in mind, the Sherwood High School girls basketball team went out and scored an impressive victory.

The Lady Bowmen, tuning up for postseason action, stormed their way to a 45-34 win over Liberty in a Northwest Oregon Conference finale played Friday at Sherwood High DAN BROOD - BIG SCORER -- Sherwood High School junior post Mallory Shields (13) scored 18 points in the Lady Bowmen's win over Liberty on Friday and followed that up with 28 points in a play-in victory over Churchill.

“This was a big game for us,” said Sherwood junior post Mallory Shields, who scored a game-high 18 points in the victory. “We came out ready to go. We were ready to play tonight.”

“This was good. It was a lot of fun,” said Sherwood wing Allison Warren, who is one of two seniors on the Lady Bowmen squad. “This was an important game for us. It secured second place and it helped us in the rankings.”

Liberty finished regular season play with a final NWOC record of 6-8 and an overall mark of 8-16.

Sherwood finished in second place in the final NWOC standings at 11-3 while going 16-7 in regular season play. The victory also gave the Lady Bowmen momentum going into Tuesday’s Class 5A state play-in game, where they hosted Churchill.

“I thought it was important to play well going into the playoffs,” Sherwood coach Wes Pappas said. “And it’s always good to win on Senior Night.”

The Lady Bowmen, playing in front of that loud Senior Night crowd, trailed Liberty 7-6 near the midway point of the first quarter. But that’s when Sherwood got going.

The Lady Bowmen, getting a three-pointer by Warren and a pair of free throws by Shields, finished the opening quarter on a 5-2 run, giving the home team an 11-9 lead at the end of the period.

Sherwood continued its hot play in the second quarter.

The Lady Bowmen, getting a basket on a jumper by junior Jessica Thiel off an assist from junior Jennah Stobie, a short-range jumper by senior post Jaelyn Funk and a bucket on a drive to the hoop by sophomore Alyssa Walker, scored the first six points of the period to up their lead to 17-9 with 5 minutes and 39 seconds left in the first half.

Shields then scored eight points in the final 3:11 of the second quarter, helping Sherwood open up a 25-15 advantage at halftime.

The Lady Bowmen kept rolling early in the third quarter. Stobie scored on a drive to the hoop, sophomore Josie Funk had a follow-up basket and Thiel went 2 for 2 from the free throw line to give Sherwood its biggest lead of the game, at 31-17, with 2:08 left in the period.

Liberty fought back, getting a three-pointer from senior McKenzie Oster and a basket from sophomore Andrea Gallegos to cut the margin to 31-22 with 19 seconds left in the quarter.

But Sherwood, getting another follow-up basket by Josie Funk with just 4 seconds remaining in the period, went on to take a 33-22 lead into the fourth DAN BROOD - UP FOR TWO -- Sherwood senior Jaeyln Funk goes up to the basket during the Lady Bowmen's win over Liberty.

Liberty scored the first four points of the final stanza to trim the margin to 33-26 with 6:42 left to play, but Sherwood made sure the Falcons wouldn’t get any closer.

Shields tallied three straight points, Lady Bowmen sophomore guard Taylor Corno added a free throw and Jaelyn Funk scored on a short-range shot off a feed from Stobie to help Sherwood push the lead to 39-29 with 2:12 remaining.

From there, Sherwood got three free throws and a jumper by Shields and another foul shot by Corno to close out the 45-34 victory.

“Last time we played them (a 41-28 win on Feb. 15), we let them back in it,” Shields said. “We wanted to go out and play hard the whole game tonight. We got a lot of transition baskets tonight, and we got up the floor and broke the press. We’re finally working together like we should.”

“For the most part, we handed their pressure well,” Pappas said. “We did what we wanted to do. And, for us, it’s important to shoot more free throws than our opponent.”

The Lady Bowmen sure achieved that on Friday, as they went 14 for 26 from the free throw line while Liberty made just four of its nine free-throw attempts.

The Lady Bowmen defense also helped force the Liberty into a 14-for-38 shooting night from the field while outrebounding the Falcons by a 28-13 margin.

Shields scored her game-high 18 points on a 4 for 6 shooting night from the field. She also made 10 of her 14 free throw attempts in addition to pulling down eight rebounds.

Jaelyn Funk added eight points for the Lady Bowmen. Stobie had four points and three assists.

Thiel had four points and three rebounds.

Gallegos led Liberty with 10 points.

In Tuesday’s Class 5A play-in game with Churchill, Sherwood kept its season alive by scoring a 46-29 win over the Lancers.

Shields poured in 28 points to lead the way for the Lady Bowmen in that victory.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they play, on the road, in a Class 5A state playoff contest. Sherwood’s opponent, and starting time for the game, weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The winner of Friday’s state playoff game will advance to play in the Class 5A state tournament, which starts Wednesday at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

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