Determined Sherwood girls top Glencoe
SHERWOOD — The Glencoe High School girls basketball team had a whole bunch of momentum on its side.
Sherwood had determination and desire.
Determination and desire won out.
The Lady Bowmen, looking to finish Pacific Conference play on a strong note, powered their way to a 34-30 win over the Crimson Tide in a Pacific Conference finale played Thursday in front of a Senior Night crowd at Sherwood High School.
"This was really big," said Sherwood junior guard Ava Boughey, who sank four free throws in the final 11 seconds of play to help clinch the win. "We needed this, because we want a home game in the playoffs."
"We really wanted this," said Sherwood senior post Kaytlin Cooke, who led all scorers in the contest with nine points. "They had been playing really well in the second half of league, and it was nice to end their winning streak."
Glencoe had certainly been playing well. In fact, the Crimson Tide had won seven of eight conference games coming into the contest at Sherwood. With the loss, Glencoe finished league play at 7-5 (13-11 overall), putting the Crimson Tide in a tie with Century for third place in the final standings.
With the win, Sherwood finished conference games at 6-6 (13-11 overall), putting the Lady Bowmen in fifth place in the final standings. But, even more importantly, Sherwood jumped up to the No. 16 spot in the OSAA power rankings, putting the Lady Bowmen in position to host a Class 6A state playoff first-round game on Wednesday.
"We needed this because we want a home game for the playoffs, and we were at No. 18 coming into this game," Cooke said.
"This was an important game," Boughey said. "And I was nervous for it, with it being Senior Night."
The Lady Bowmen got off to a good start to the contest. Boughey, senior Aubrie Emmons and senior Cali Etherington all had baskets in the first quarter, which ended with Sherwood holding a 7-5 lead.
But the Lady Bowmen struggled to get their offense going in the second quarter. They made just three of 13 shots from the field (getting two baskets from junior Julia Leitzinger). Meanwhile, Glencoe went on 6-0 and 5-0 runs in the period, as the Crimson Tide rallied to take a 17-13 halftime lead.
But the determined Lady Bowmen got their offense going in a big way in the third quarter.
Emmons opened the period with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle. Senior Alex Verkamp followed with back-to-back baskets on mid-range jumpers, and Cooke added a layup, coming off a pass from Emmons, giving Sherwood a 22-17 lead with 4:45 left in the period.
Cooke, sinking a pair of foul-line jumpers, would go on to score five more points in the final 4:20 of the quarter, and freshman Mandie Jensen added a pair of free throws, helping the Lady Bowmen take a 29-26 lead into the fourth.
For the quarter, Sherwood scored 16 points on 6 for 9 shooting from the field.
"I don't think we've scored that many points in a quarter all season," said Cooke, who also had four rebounds in the period. "We just need to hit our spots and be confident when we shoot."
But there was no scoring spree in the fourth quarter. In fact, with the tempo slowed way down, the Lady Bowmen didn't score in the first seven minutes of the period. Glencoe, getting a basket on a foul-line jumper by senior Sydney Larrison with 4:03 left to play, cut the lead to 29-28. And the score stayed that way going into the final minute of the contest.
With 39.2 seconds remaining, Verkamp was fouled, and she went 1 for 2 from the free-throw line, giving Sherwood a 30-28 lead. After a missed Glencoe jumper, Boughey was fouled with 11.0 seconds remaining. She calmly sank both of her ensuing free throws, upping the Bowmen lead to 32-28.
Glencoe got a pair of free throws from senior Megan DeBord to trim the margin to 32-30 with 6.1 seconds left to play. Sherwood then got the ball to Boughey, who was fouled again with 3.4 seconds remaining. Again, she swished her two free throws, upping the lead to 34-30.
"Yeah, I was nervous," Boughey said with a smile. "But they felt really good."
"She did amazing," Cooke said.
A last-second Glencoe shot was off the mark, leaving the Lady Bowmen with a four-point victory.
"This was so much fun tonight," Boughey said. "In the second half, we played really good defense and rebounded well."
"This was such a great Senior Night," Cooke said. "Our juniors, Ava and Julia, gave us some great surprises all day."
Cooke, in addition to her game-high nine points, also had nine rebounds and two steals in the win. Boughey had six points, four rebounds and three steals. Verkamp had six points and three steals. Emmons had five points, five rebounds and two steals and Leitzinger had four points and four rebounds.
Sherwood, as a team, made 12 of 35 shots from the field, with one 3-pointer, and nine of 16 free-throw attempts.
Sophomore Bella Martinez led Glencoe with seven points. DeBord and senior Elizabeth Anderson each added six points for the Crimson Tide.
Glencoe, as a team, made nine of 45 shots from the field, with one 3-pointer, and 11 of 18 free-throw attempts.
The Lady Bowmen are now looking ahead to the Class 6A state playoffs.
"We're going to have to keep playing good defense," Boughey said. "And we can't make mistakes."
"We want to make a good run," Cooke said. "We came so close last year, and we picked up some experience. Maybe we can make it to the Chiles Center."
Sherwood, if it wins its state playoff opener on Wednesday, will advance to Saturday's second-round of the Class 6A state playoffs.