Sherwood girls play well in setback to unbeaten Century

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE GO -- Sherwood High School sophomore point guard Taylor Corno, in front of Century sophomore Chantal Castaneda, looks to get the ball up court during last Thursday's game. HILLSBORO — It looked to be a strong performance by the Sherwood High School girls basketball team.

The Lady Bowmen say they felt that they played pretty well.

But it wasn’t quite enough to hand Century its first loss of the season.

Sherwood, after playing strong in the first three quarters of play, watched the unbeaten Jaguars pull ahead in the final stanza to get a 44-37 win in a first-round game of the Century/Hillsboro Christmas Classic, played last Thursday at Century High School.

“I thought we played better than our last game (a 49-31 loss at Jesuit on Dec. 20),” Sherwood senior post Jaelyn Funk said after the game. “It’s all coming along. I thought we executed well.”

“I was pretty pleased with our performance,” Sherwood coach Wes Pappas said. “But we have to take care of the ball a little better. We need to value each possession. For three quarters, I thought we played pretty well.”

With the win, Century, of the Class 6A Pacific Conference, improved to 6-0 on the season to that point.

“They’re a good team,” Pappas said. “They’re well-coached and they’ve got a lot of talent.”

Sherwood moved to 3-2 on the season at that point with the setback. And the Lady Bowmen are looking to improve even more following their strong start to the season.

“We have a lot of potential,” Funk said. “I think we’re staying calmer this year.”

Funk and Lady Bowmen junior post Mallory Shields proved to be a strong combination in the early going of last Thursday’s game.

Funk had three assists in the first quarter of the game, all coming on feeds to Shields.

“We’ve been working well together,” Funk said.

Shields’ fourth basket of the opening period, followed by a bank shot by senior Allison Warren, gave Sherwood a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Century, behind some long-range shooting, came back strong in the second quarter. The Jaguars sank three three-pointers in the period. The third basket from beyond the arc, made by Century senior Kylie Stolzenberger, gave the home team a 20-15 lead with 2 minutes and 22 seconds left in the period.

The Lady Bowmen, getting a pair of free throws from sophomore Josie Funk with 55.7 seconds remaining in the quarter, trimmed the halftime margin to 20-17.

Sherwood came back strong to start the second half. Shields sank a foul-line jumper to start the third quarter. Then, after Century got a basket by senior Marissa Turner, the Lady Bowmen answered back with a steal and layup by Jaelyn Funk and a basket on a drive to the hoop by Shields to take a 23-22 lead with 5:38 left in the period.

Sherwood then began to add onto its lead. Jaelyn Funk sank a short-range jumper and Shields scored five unanswered points, all from the foul line, to give the Bowmen a 30-24 advantage with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter.

But Century cam back in a hurry. Jaguars sophomore guard Jade Bevandich sank back-to-back three-point baskets to tie the game at 30-30. Then, after Sherwood got a hoop by Jaelyn Funk, Century senior post Courtney Sirois finished the period with consecutive baskets, the second coming on a buzzer-beating follow-up shot, to give the Jaguars a 34-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Sherwood got a free throw by sophomore guard Taylor Corno to start the fourth quarter and followed that up with another basket by Jaelyn Funk and a free throw by Shields to take a 36-34 lead with 6:10 left to play.

But the rest of the game belonged to Century. The Jaguars scored the game’s next 10 points to open up a 44-36 lead in the final minute of the contest. The Bowmen got another free throw by Corno with 20.1 seconds left to play to make the final score 44-37.

“I think we panicked a bit at the end,” Jaelyn Funk said. “But I thought we played real well on defense. Our defense is good.”

“I thought we did a good job inside,” Pappas said.

Shields led all scorers in the contest with 18 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds.

“She did a real good job,” Pappas said.

“Mallory played a great game,” Funk said.

Jaelyn Funk added eight points, all coming in the second half, and she also had four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Kira Jedan added three points.

Sherwood, as a team, made 13 of 37 shots from the field and also outrebounded the taller Jaguars by a 28-21 margin.

Bevandich led Century with 12 points, all coming in the second half.

Sirois added seven points for the Jaguars and sophomore Chantal Castaneda and senior Chandler Montgomery added six points apiece.

Sherwood’s zone defense helped force Century into a 15-for-39 shooting night from the field.

The Lady Bowmen, following the loss, said they were looking to up their game at the tournament.

“This tournament is good for us,” Pappas said. “We want to come out of the tournament playing better than we were going into it. This is a very important stretch of the season for us.”

“We want to get more experience and more wins,” Jaelyn Funk said.

Sherwood faced another unbeaten team Friday at the tournament when it took on Hillsboro. The Lady Bowmen were edged 36-34 by the Spartans in a game played at Hillsboro High School.

Shields scored 15 points in that game and junior Jennah Stobie had nine.

The Lady Bowmen had a close game go their way, as they finished tourney play Saturday with a 46-45 win over Cleveland. Jaelyn Funk had 14 points in that contest and Shields scored 12.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Tuesday when it hosts Sunset in a non-league game starting at 7:30 p.m.

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