Cold shooting hurts Sherwood in the 40-33 setback
SHERWOOD The Sherwood High School girls basketball team seemed to play its usual brand of tough-as-nails defense.
The Lady Bowmen also appeared to hustle all game long.
But that wasn't enough to offset an off shooting night nor a determined Milwaukie squad.
Sherwood, battling a cold shooting night, fell behind early and, try as it might, wasn't able to rally past Milwaukie as it fell 40-33 to the Mustangs in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.
We just couldn't control the game the way we wanted to, Sherwood coach Wes Pappas said. The girls played hard, but we had a poor shooting night and we fouled too much in the first half.
With the win, Milwaukie improved to 8-4 in NWOC play to that point (11-10 overall), keeping the Mustangs in third place in the conference standings.
Sherwood moved to 9-3 in NWOC games to that point (14-7 overall), keeping the Lady Bowmen alone in second place in the standings with two games left to play in the conference season.
We're absolutely trying to get ready for the playoffs, Pappas said.
Milwaukie sure seemed to be ready at the start of last week's game. The Mustangs, getting a long three-pointer and a pair of free throws by sophomore Merrily Jones, took a 5-0 lead just over a minute into the contest. Sherwood was forced to try and battle from behind the rest of the way.
The Lady Bowmen, getting a follow-up basket by senior post Jaelyn Funk and a bank shot by senior Allison Warren, off an assist from senior Mallory Shields, was able to close the lead to 10-8 with 2:08 left to play in the opening quarter.
But Milwaukie, getting a basket on a drive to the hoop by senior guard Karissa Delaunay late in the period, pushed the margin to 12-8 going into the second quarter.
Sherwood opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws by junior wing Jessica Thiel, closing the lead to 12-10 with 7:01 left to play in the half.
But the Lady Bowmen went into a cold streak after that.
Milwaukie, going on an 11-2 run to end the second quarter, went on to claim a 23-12 halftime lead.
But it seemed to be a motivated Sherwood squad that took the court to start the third quarter.
The Lady Bowmen, getting baskets from Thiel, Shields and Funk, struck for six quick points to start the period, trimming the lead to 23-18 with 5:18 left in the quarter.
Milwaukie ended the Sherwood run with a pair of free throws by sophomore Alexa Mulford, but the Lady Bowmen quickly answered back.
Shields scored on a layup off a pass from Thiel and Funk sank a short-range bank shot to cut the Mustang lead to 25-23 with 58 seconds left in the period.
But, just when it seemed that Sherwood had momentum on its side, Jones grabbed it back for Milwaukie, as she drained a three-pointer from deep in the left corner with four seconds left in the period, giving the Mustangs a 28-23 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
But the persistent Lady Bowmen came storming back again. Funk scored on a drive to the hoop to open the final stanza and Shields followed with a foul-line jumper to get Sherwood back within one point, at 28-27, with 5:21 left in the game.
However, again, Milwaukie answered back, as Delaunay converted a three-point play with 4:06 left to play, giving the Mustangs a 31-27 led with 4:06 remaining.
Sherwood got within three, at 31-28, when junior guard Jennah Stobie went 1 for 2 from the free-throw line with 3:32 left to play.
But Sherwood couldn't get any closer.
Milwaukie, getting another three-pointer from Jones and sinking four free throws down the stretch, was able to pull away a bit at the end to get the 40-33 victory.
The good thing is that we didn't hit one three-pointer all night, we shot poorly and didn't make our free throws, yet were we were down just one point in the fourth quarter, Pappas said. I thought the girls did a real good job coming back in the third quarter.
Shields led a balanced Sherwood scoring attack in the contest with nine points. She also had nine rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocked shots.
Funk added eight points, five rebounds and a pair of assists. Thiel scored six points.
Sherwood, as a team, made 13 of 46 shots from the field and seven of 18 free-throw attempts in the contest.
Jones led all scorers with 16 points. Delaunay added 13 points. The Mustangs made 10 of 29 shots from the field.
Sherwood bounced back to get a 38-29 win at Wilsonville on Tuesday.
The Bowmen will finished their NWOC schedule Friday when they host Liberty at 5:30 p.m. at Sherwood High School.
The Lady Bowmen will then likely play in a Class 5A play-in game, to be played on, or before, Wednesday against an opponent and at a site to be determined.