Sandy answers every challenge to beat Reynolds
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
Every time Reynolds got close, Sandy came up with an answer on its way to a 73-58 boys basketball win Friday night.
Late in the first quarter, Sandy sent an errant pass into the corner, resulting in a turnover that saw Reynolds' Brandon Buffington finish an acrobatic three-point play to tie the game at 12.
The Pioneers responded with back-to-back 3s from Gavin Schippers. Sandy took a 20-14 lead at the end of the quarter when Colby Carson snagged a long rebound and alertly beat the buzzer with a 12-foot fadeaway from the baseline.
Reynolds rushed back before halftime with Alex Hendrickson's 3 from the left side cutting Sandy's lead to 31-28.
Sandy came out of a timeout, and center Tanner Brewster scored on back-to-back trips to rebuild the lead.
"We spread the floor and that opened up a lot of lanes, so I started taking them," Brewster said.
The Pioneers took a seven-point lead into the halftime locker room only to see Reynolds with a chance to make it a one-possession game early in the third quarter.
That opportunity was short-lived, as the Raiders missed a 3-point try. The rebound kicked out to Sandy's Pierce Roeder on the perimeter, and he quickly dribbled across halfcourt and buried a long ball of his own to put Sandy up nine.
"That was a huge momentum changer and it got our whole bench hyped up," Roeder said. "At halftime coach (Jason Maki) told us not to let them comeback — that is something that happened to us a few times last year and we let some games slip away."
Sandy put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Brewster spun along the baseline and lifted the ball over the side of the rim for a 10-point lead with 6:31 to play.
The Raiders missed a 3 coming out of a timeout, and Roeder once again gathered the ball and went on the attack. He went behind his back, then put on a crossover move, but Riddle remained in front of him. Rather than attempting a third move, Roeder simply shifted the ball over to Schippers, who drained an open triple from the right side to put Sandy up 67-49 as the clock ticked under four minutes.
Roeder finished with a game-high 29 points, while Brewster added 18 making all six of his free throws.
The win marked the first in league play for the Pioneers.
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Sandy girls pick up first league win
6A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
Sandy put on some stifling second-half defense to break open a 43-31 home win over Reynolds on Monday night.
After trading the lead four times in the game's opening minutes, the Sandy girls began to pull away late in the first quarter when Brooklyn Adams dribbled behind the backboard and came out the other side for a layup and an 11-6 Pioneers' lead.
Sandy stayed a step ahead highlighted by Ashley Allinger sending a pass over the top of the defense to feed center Sydney Brewster for a finish off the glass.
The Pioneers took a six-point lead into halftime, then applied the finishing touches by not allowing Reynolds a bucket through the first 10 minutes of the second half.
The defensive effort was highlighted with Isabella Davis blocking a shot following a Raiders' inbounds play under their own basket. A few minutes later, Reynolds' Josephine Bodini got loose on a fast break only to have Sandy's Rachel Remsburg sprint in front of her. Remsburg got defensive position in front of the basket and fell backward as Bodini arrived at the hoop. While she did not get the charging call, Remsburg affected the shot enough to throw it off target.
"We were working hard and bringing the energy, and that allowed us to get points on our end and take the momentum," Adams said.
Sandy scored on its first two trips of the second half with Adams absorbing a bump in the lane and finishing a layup, followed by Allinger kicking a pass into the corner where Remsburg swished a 3-pointer.
The Pioneers had Reynolds doubled up on the scoreboard 33-16 heading into the fourth quarter. That lead would grow to as many as 16 points when Peyton Bradley beat the Reynolds press with a pair of long drives to the basket.
Adams finished with a game-high 15 points.
"We had gone through a bit of a rough patch, so we needed this win and we can go up from here," Adams said.
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This story is slated for our Jan. 22, print edition.
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