Sherwood girls start slow, but win big
LAKE OSWEGO — It certainly wasn't the start the Sherwood High School girls basketball team was looking for.
But, thanks to some stout defense, and taking better care of the ball, the Lady Bowmen were able to turn things around — in a very big way.
Sherwood, after getting off to a sloppy start, came back strong to get a 50-33 win over David Douglas in a first-round game at the Nike Interstate Shootout, played Dec. 26 at Lake Oswego High School.
"It was shaky, definitely, coming off three days of rest. We just showed up, and we were a little rough, with too many turnovers," said Sherwood junior guard Ava Boughey, who helped lead the defensive charge with five steals. "But we focused on our defense more, and we calmed down and said 'no silly turnovers.'"
"The big thing was taking care of the ball," said Sherwood senior post Kaytlin Cooke, who scored nine points in the contest. "We had a lot of turnovers early in the game. Our main goal is just taking care of the ball and getting to our spots on defense."
With the loss, David Douglas moved to 0-7 on the season to that point. With the win, their fifth straight, the Lady Bowmen improved to 5-3 at that point.
"We definitely want to keep the drive going, because we now have five wins in a row," Cooke said. "We had a rough start, and I think that put a fire behind us. In practice, we've been working and pushing hard. We sat down and talked for awhile, we said 'this is our game plan, and we need to stick to our game plan.'"
"Just hard work," Boughey said of the key to the winning streak. "At practices we've been so focused. We're trying to prepare very well for each team."
Sherwood, in the tournament opener, suffered turnovers in its first five possessions of the contest. Meanwhile, David Douglas, getting a basket on a short-range bank shot by junior Marake Wonwossen, took an early 2-0 lead. But the Lady Bowmen were able to turn things around.
A free throw by senior Alex Verkamp, and Boughey added a follow-up basket to give Sherwood a 3-2 lead with 4 minutes and 58 seconds left to play in the first quarter. The Lady Bowmen would hold the lead the rest of the way.
Sherwood junior Julia Leitzinger scored three straight points and seniors Aubrie Emmons and Cali Etherington ended the opening period with back-to-back 3-point baskets, both coming off assists from Boughey, with Ethertington's shot being a buzzer-beater, giving the Lady Bowmen a 12-2 lead going into the second quarter.
Sherwood kept rolling from there. Cooke scored four straight points, while also pulling down three rebounds in the period. Sophomore Kylah Williams added four points in the quarter, helping the Lady Bowmen claim a 24-11 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw Sherwood open a 34-13 lead when Boughey converted a 3-point play with 4:14 left in the period. Cooke sank a 3-pointer and freshman Klaira Ray scored three points in the quarter, as Sherwood took a 41-22 advantage to the fourth.
The Lady Bowmen would go on to take their biggest lead of the contest, at 48-23, after Emmons connected on a 3-pointer with 5:20 remaining in the game.
David Douglas made a late run to cut the final margin to 50-33.
"They're pretty tough, but when we take care of the ball and hit our spots on defense it's pretty good," Cooke said. "We need to look for the open person a lot more. We dug it out, it was kind of rough, but we need to keep our energy high."
"We just want to keep our energy up and we want to win every game we play," Boughey said.
Boughey had seven points and four assists to go with her five steals.
"Every time I go on 'D,' I try to focus on a steal, or just getting the ball back," she said. "I try to time things out and read passes."
Emmons led a balanced Sherwood scoring attack with 10 points. Cooke had seven rebounds to go with her nine points. Leitzinger had nine points and six rebounds. Williams scored six points.
Sherwood, as a team, made 18 of 46 shots from the field, with four 3-pointers, and 10 of 14 free-throw attempts.
Junior Shayla Slossar led the Scots with eight points. David Douglas, as a team, made 13 of 40 shots from the field, with two 3-pointers, and five of 15 free-throw attempts.
Sherwood, at the event on Dec. 27, fell 48-24 to eventual tournament champion Inglemoor, Wash. The Lady Bowmen bounced back on Friday to get a 56-30 win over Lake Oswego before finishing tourney play on Saturday with a 24-16 loss to Westview.
Sherwood will be back in action on Friday, when it travels to South Salem for a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. The Lady Bowmen will open Pacific Conference play Wednesday, when they host Liberty at 7 p.m.