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Lady Bowmen get defensive

Sherwood shuts down Parkrose for a 47-14 victory


by: DAN BROOD - SWIPED -- Sherwood sophomore guard Taylor Corno (right) slaps the ball away before it gets to Parkrose junior Damaree Mitchell in Tuesday's game.SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls basketball team was missing some key players, due to injury, going into its game with Parkrose on Tuesday.

But the Lady Bowmen found a way to make up for that — and then some.

All they had to do was turn to a hard-nosed, stifling defensive attack.

The short-handed Sherwood squad rode their pressure defense to a 47-14 win over the Broncos in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played at Sherwood High School.

“We came in ready to play tonight,” said Sherwood senior post Jaelyn Funk, who scored a game-high 18 points in the win. “We’ve been practicing real hard.”

“We gave it everything we had,” said Sherwood junior wing Jessica Thiel, who came up with six steals.

Parkrose fell to 0-3 in NWOC games and to 0-10 on the season with the loss. The Lady Bowmen upped their conference record to 2-1 while also improving to 7-5 on the season.

The victory was Sherwood’s second straight lopsided league win after it dropped its NWOC opener to Rex Putnam.

“That helps our confidence,” Funk said. “We were upset after that loss.”by: DAN BROOD - FLOATER -- Sherwood High School junior guard Jennah Stobie (14) looks to shoot over Parkrose junior Damaree Mitchell during Tuesday's game. The Lady Bowmen scored a 47-14 victory.

“That fired us up,” Thiel added.

Still, the Lady Bowmen went into Tuesday’s game with Parkrose missing some key players, including standout junior post Mallory Shields (who suffered a concussion in the loss to Putnam), due to injury.

“We’ve had seven of our 11 girls miss at least one game due to injury,” Sherwood coach Wes Pappas said. “It’s tough without Mallory. We need her back, but other girls are stepping up. This is giving kids more chances.”

In Tuesday’s contest, Sherwood, which had only nine players suited up for the game, held just a 13-9 lead after Parkrose got a basket on a short-range jumper by freshman Jewel Boland to start the second quarter. But the Lady Bowmen defense took over from there — in a big, big, big way.

Sherwood, playing mainly a zone defense, didn’t let Parkrose score again until Bronco junior Sierra Stanley sank a free throw with 3 minutes and 9 seconds left to play in the game.

That meant that Parkrose went 20:28 of game time without scoring.

For the game, the Sherwood defense helped pressure Parkrose into a 5-for-23 shooting night from the field while coming up with 35 turnovers.

“We gave up more points that I’d hoped in the first quarter,” Pappas said. “But, after that, we settled in and played real good defense.”

“Our new defense works real well,” Funk said.

“I love it,” Thiel said. “We left it all on the floor.”

On the offensive end, Funk scored seven points in the first quarter, and junior guard Jennah Stobie added four points in the period, which ended with the Lady Bowmen holding a 13-7 lead.

After Boland scored to open the second quarter, Sherwood went on a 29-0 run that extended all the way into the fourth quarter.

Funk scored five points in the second quarter while Stobie, sophomore Gabby Johnson, senior allison Warren and sophomore Josie Funk each added a basket in the period, helping Sherwood claim a 26-9 halftime lead.

Sherwood outscored Parkrose 10-0 in the third quarter, with Jaelyn Funk scoring four points in the period. Johnson scored five points in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Bowmen close out the 47-14 win.

In addition to her game-high 18 points, Jaelyn Funk also had four rebounds and a pair of assists in the win. Stobie added eight points and two steals. Johnson scored seven points. Warren had six rebounds, four points and two steals and Thiel had two assist and two points to go with her six steals.

Sherwood, as a team, made 21 of 54 shots from the field while having just 12 turnovers.

Boland led Parkrose with seven points.

Prior to the win over Parkrose, Sherwood bested St. Helens 55-24 in a NWOC game played Friday at St. Helens High School.

Thiel led the Lady Bowmen with 11 points in that game. Jaelyn Funk scored nine points while Warren, Stobie and Johnson added eight points apiece.




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