Basketball: Sherwood girls step up to stop Century
In the first half, the Sherwood High School girls basketball team relied on its smothering defense.
In the second half, the Lady Bowmen got their offense rolling.
That combination turned out to get Sherwood an impressive victory.
The Lady Bowmen, who never trailed throughout the contest, powered their way to a 42-29 win over Century in a Pacific Conference contest played Tuesday at Century High School in Hillsboro.
"It went pretty good," said Sherwood sophomore wing Mandie Jensen, who led a balanced Lady Bowmen scoring attack with 10 points. "We exceeded on offense, and did pretty good on defense. Sometimes, we missed some little things, but we got it back."
"It went pretty well. We basically did everything we wanted to, that we practiced on," said Sherwood senior guard Ava Boughey, who scored eight points. "We guarded the tall 6-6 girl (Century senior Amy Walkenhorst). We were guarding the lob. The defense did really well."
With the loss, Century moved to 1-5 in Pacific Conference play (5-13 overall), putting the Jaguars in a tie with Glencoe and Newberg for fifth place in the conference standings. With the win, its third in a row, Sherwood improved to 4-2 in Pacific Conference games (10-8 overall), putting the Lady Bowmen in a tie with Forest Grove and McMinnville for second place in the conference standings.
"It's just staying focused in practice the whole time, and working really hard," Boughey said of the team's three-game winning streak.
"With the new program, we've been really trusting our coach (Lauren Howard)," Jensen said. "We've been working better together and figuring out our offense. It's been going pretty well."
Sherwood got off to a slow start on offense in Tuesday's road game.
The Lady Bowmen scored just five points in the first quarter, with Jensen accounting for four of those points by sinking a pair of put-back shots.
"I can figure out pretty quickly if they're not going in, so I crashed the boards," Jensen said. "That's a way to get points."
The slow start didn't hamper Sherwood much, thanks to its defense. The Lady Bowmen shut Century out for the first 7 minutes and 27 seconds of the game, helping Sherwood take a 5-2 lead at the end of the opening period.
Sherwood junior Elise Evans sank a 3-point basket, coming off an assist by Jensen, to open the second quarter. Evans had two more baskets in the period, and Jensen had another follow-up hoop, helping the Lady Bowmen push the lead to 16-6 with 1:00 left to play in the second quarter.
Century got a basket on a short-range jumper by Walkenhorst with 47 seconds left in the period, trimming the Sherwood lead to 16-8 going to halftime.
The Lady Bowmen got their offense going early in the second half. Boughey and sophomore Laney Snelling sank back-to-back 3-pointers, and Sherwood junior Annelise Jensen followed with a basket on a bank shot, coming off a pass from junior Joley Sproul, giving the Lady Bowmen their biggest lead of the game, at 26-10, with 4:54 left to play in the third quarter.
Senior Julia Leitzinger, sophomore Klaira Ray and Snelling all had baskets for Sherwood later in the period, giving the Lady Bowmen a 32-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Boughey scored five points, including a 3-pointer, in the final stanza, and Snelling sank another 3-pointer in the period, helping Sherwood cruise to the 42-29 victory.
The Lady Bowmen shot at an 11-for 20 clip from the field in the second half, which included four 3-pointers.
"In the second half, we really calmed it down on offense," said Boughey, who scored all eight of her points in the second half. "In the first half, we were rushing everything. When we calmed it down, we saw more openings, and got better shots."
"On offense, we calmed it down. We were looking for our shots, and it it wasn't there, we passed it to somebody else," Jensen said. "I thought our defense was pretty good. I think we worked really hard, and we were working together. We were talking and communicating."
Jensen had five rebounds, including four offensive rebounds, to go with her team-high 10 points. Boughey and Snelling each scored eight points. Evans added seven points. Sproul had three points, two assists and two steals. Leitzinger had two points and three steals.
Sherwood, as a team, made 18 of 40 shots from the field, with five 3-pointers, and one of four free-throw attempts.
Walkenhorst and senior Angela Baltazar each scored 10 points to pace the Jaguars.
Century, as a team, made 14 of 40 shots from the field, and one of five free-throw attempts.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday. Sherwood will host Newberg, and Century will travel to Liberty for conference games starting at 7:15 p.m.
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