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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Scots put on a spurt late in the first quarter to take command of the game

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Grace Lucky moves past a pair of David Douglas defenders to reach the basket in last weeks 58-38 loss to the Scots.



6A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
David Douglas Scots
58
Sandy Pioneers
38


The Sandy girls basketball team dropped a 58-38 home game to David Douglas last Wednesday.

After trading the lead three times in the early stages, the playoff-contending Scots shed themselves off a pesky Sandy squad with a nine-point flurry in the final minute of the first quarter.

Paige Collins did most of the damage, starting when she picked off a pass at midcourt and beat everyone to the basket for a layup. On the Scots' next trip, guard Shayla Slossar was pinned in the corner only to loop a long pass to the top of the arc where Collins sank an open 3.

Before Sandy could get the ball across halfcourt, Collins came up with a steal and was bumped on her way to the hoop. She swished both free throws.

Collins came up with seven points in less time than it takes to watch a Super Bowl commercial.

"We aren't surprising people with our press anymore, so we need to shore it up and convert when we get a couple stops in a row — it's a momentum builder for sure," David Douglas coach Chris Cavanaugh said.

Time seemed destined to run out in the first quarter, but David Douglas beat the clock when Candace Reddix made a steal, took two quick dribbles down the sideline and fired the ball ahead to Slossar, who put a shot off the glass as the horn sounded.

In a flash, the Scots turned a four-point lead into a commanding 21-8 margin.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys rookie center Sydney Brewster goes after the opening tip.

Sandy showed signs of life early in the second quarter, breaking the Scots' full-court press and cashing in when Ashley Allinger found rookie center Sydney Brewster alone under the hoop for an easy two.

Moments later, Allinger swiped a steal and took it to the basket herself for a layup that cut the margin to nine points.

That proved to be as close at the Pioneers would get.

The first half ended with Slossar coming up a steal and heading to the hoop. She attempted to pass the ball across the lane only to see Sandy's Gentrey Turin come up with the interception.

The Pioneers wouldn't hold the ball for long.

Turin attempted to clear a pass down the middle, but the Scots' Ziling Zhen leaped high into the air and pulled down the ball above her head. She then sent a pass to Slossar, who converted the layup to send Douglas into the locker room up 33-17.

Collins finished with a game-high 18 points, while Brewster paced the Pioneers with 14 points.

Sandy (6-13) ended the week if fifth place in the Mount Hood Conference with a four-game gap separating it from the pack of playoff contenders.

Grace Lucky drove the right side for a layup to put the first points on the board Wednesday, and Rachel Remsburg pulled down a rebound and went coast-to-coast to give Sandy its final lead of the night at 4-3.


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This story is scheduled for our Feb. 12, print edition.


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