Unforced turnovers come back to haunt the Pioneers in their loss to the Lions on Friday.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Athena Thomas follows through on a mid-range jumper.

Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Girls Basketball

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St. Helens

SANDY — At the end of the day, Sandy shot themselves in the foot too many times.

Whether it was unforced turnovers or missed layups, the Pioneers could never get into rhythm on Friday night in their 46-28 loss to St. Helens.

"It's a little bit disappointing to see things not click for us on offense," Sandy head coach Nechele Bradshaw said. "We have worked on that a ton, but instead we saw a lot of passing and standing around tonight when we should have been moving…The girls seemed pretty defeated, but we got to bring it every night in order to win at this level."

While the Pioneers only hit three field goals in the first quarter, St. Helens was able to get rolling thanks to their sophomore star Maddie Holm.

Holm scored eight of her 20 points in the first quarter and showed off the versatility in her skill set with an array of mid-range jumpers and post moves.

"It felt like we were in gear as a team and we were able to make things happen for ourselves," Holm said. "We ran our offense like we were supposed to."

The Lions were up 14-6 late in the second quarter when Sandy finally broke their seven minute scoring drought to cut the lead to three on a 3-pointer from Athena Thomas and a layup in transition by Isabelle Cabrera.

It looked like Sandy was going to trim the lead to one right before half when Isabella Kansala got a steal in the open court, but she ended up missing the wide open layup. The Lions would take advantage of the missed opportunity from the Pioneers when Myranda Northup hit a mid-range jumper at the buzzer, which put St. Helens up 17-11 at the break.

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