The Pioneers play well, but ultimately fell to the Lady Lions on Friday night.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Tana Dwyre braces herself for contact as she takes the ball deep into the paint.

Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Girls Basketball

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St. Helens

ST. HELENS — No matter what they did on defense, Sandy just had no answer for Maddie Holm.

The sophomore forward posted a game-high 28 points on the night as St. Helens came away with a 50-43 victory over the Pioneers on Friday.

"My teammates did a good job of spreading the floor and getting the ball to me when I was in the open spot," Holm said.

Sandy guard Isabella Kansala was the only Sandy player in double-figures with 12 points.

The last time these two teams met was back on Jan. 19 where St. Helens controlled the game from start to finish and won 46-28. The fact that the Pioneers were able to compete for the entire contest was a moral victory head coach Nechele Bradshaw and this young Sandy squad.

"These girls always give it everything they have, no matter what the score is, so I'm proud of that." Bradshaw said. "There is still work to be done, but I'm definitely pleased with how we competed tonight."

Sandy jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game thanks to 3-pointers by Kansala and Isabelle Cabrera on the first two possessions of the game. However, Holm began to take over the game moments later.

The Lions responded with a 6-0 run of their own on back-to-back hoops from Holm and a transition layup from Myranda Northrop — who had 13 points on the night. Holm finished the period with two more buckets to tie the game at 10-10 going into the second quarter.

Look for extended coverage in the Feb. 21 print edition.

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