Sherwood girls hustle to tourney win
It's never good to have a bad shooting performance.
But, sometimes, you can make up for it with things such as hustle, defense and rebounding — just ask the Sherwood High School girls basketball team.
The Lady Bowmen, despite shooting at just a 13-for-50 clip from the field, powered their way to a 44-39 win over Jackson, Wash., in a first-round game at the Nike Interstate Shootout, held Friday at Lake Oswego High School.
"It went pretty well," said Sherwood senior guard Ava Boughey, who scored a team-high 13 points. "The beginning was a little shaky, and we didn't put up a lot of points. We were just missing everything. In the second half we picked it up."
"It was pretty good," said Sherwood junior guard Joley Sproul, who had a strong game at both ends of the court. "We were a little rough, and a little sloppy, at the beginning. But we worked hard, and that paid off."
With the loss, Jackson moved to 3-3 on the season. Sherwood improved to 5-1 with the victory. The Lady Bowmen also advance to the second round of the tournament, where they'll face Desert Oasis, Nev., in a game set to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
"We've only lost one game so far," Boughey said. "Everyday at practice, we come in focused and just get it done. The whole time we're focused, and we work really hard the whole time. Our coach (Lauren Howard) is really helping us with that."
Sherwood, despite shooting at a 26-percent clip form the field in its tournament opener, offset that on boards, outrebounding Jackson by a 47-19 margin, with many of those rebounds coming on the offensive end of the court.
"Our coach always stresses to us to follow our shots, so I think that really helps," Sproul said. "In the second half, we started to box out a lot more, and that was really good."
"They only got three offensive rebounds, and we got double-digits in offensive rebounds," Boughey said. "We battled really hard down there."
Sherwood faced an early deficit in Friday's tournament opener. Jackson, with sophomore Mack Konig scoring five straight points, grabbed a 5-0 lead with 6 minutes and 2 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
The Lady Bowmen, getting baskets from sophomore post Klaira Ray and sophomore guard Laney Snelling, trimmed the margin to 7-4 at the end of the opening period.
Sproul opened the second quarter by scoring off a baseline drive. Ray followed with a basket on a drive, and Sproul had a follow-up hoop, giving Sherwood a 10-7 lead with 6:06 remaining in the period.
Later in the quarter, Boughey sank a 3-point basket off an assist from Sproul, and she followed that up with a hoop on a seven-foot jumper, upping the Lady Bowmen lead to 20-13 with 2:05 remaining before halftime. Sherwood would also get a pair of free throws from junior Hallie Romig before the half ended, but Jackson, getting baskets by Konig and junior Jadyn Kirton, trimmed the Lady Bowmen lead to 22-17 at the intermission.
But Sherwood answered by getting off to a fast start to the third quarter. Following a pair of free throws by Ray, Sproul sank a 10-foot jumper following an offensive rebound and pass from sophomore Amanda Jensen. Then, following a pair of free throws by Konig, Jensen scored on a follow-up shot. She then assisted on a layup by Ray, helping the Lady Bowmen up their lead to 30-21 with 5:15 left in the period.
Jackson, behind the play of Konig, came back strong, cutting the margin to 31-28 going into the fourth quarter.
The Timberwolves got even closer at the start of the final stanza, as they got a pair of free throws from sophomore Avery Hare, trimming the Sherwood lead to 31-30 with 6:46 left to play in the game.
But Sherwood, and Boughey, responded in a big way. Boughey sank back-to-back 3-pointers from the right wing, the second coming off an assist from junior Elise Evans, to push the margin to 37-30 with 5:34 remaining.
Jackson battle back to make the score 38-34 with 2:01 remaining, but Sherwood got free throws from Boughey and senior Julia Leitzinger to up the lead to 40-34 with 55.1 seconds left to play.
Konig sank a 3-pointer on her way to scoring five points in the final 48 seconds of the game, but Sherwood offset that with free throws by Sproul and Jensen to close out the 44-39 victory.
"This was pretty fun. It's fun when it gets close and you have to get really focused," Sproul said. "Our press was really good. We locked in a lot of traps, which was good. We still need to work on a lot of things with our half-court defense, but our pressure was really good. We just need to talk a little bit more."
"We came into this tournament, thinking we're going to win," Boughey said. "We had a practice yesterday, where we were locking it down."
The 5-foot-5 Boughey had eight rebounds to go with her team-high 13 points. Ray added 12 points. Sproul had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists. Jensen scored four points and Leitzinger had five rebounds.
Sherwood, as a team, made 13 of 50 shots from the field, with three 3-pointers, and 15 of 29 free-throw attempts.
Konig led all scorers with 30 points. No other player had more than two points for the Timberwolves.
Jackson, as a team, made 15 of 40 shots from the field, with one 3-pointer, and eight of 12 free-throw attempts.
Sherwood, if it wins its game on Saturday, will play in a winners' bracket semifinal Sunday at 2:30 p.m. If the Lady Bowmen lose on Saturday, they'll play Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The tournament championship game is set to be played Monday at 4 p.m.
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