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Lady Bowmen rally strong, but fall short

Basketball -- Gladstone holds on to get the 71-64 win in the non-league battle of unbeatens
by: DAN BROOD, IT’S MINE — Sherwood sophomore Lauren Codling tries to keep the ball away from a pair of Gladstone defenders.

The Sherwood High girls basketball team saw its winning streak come to an end.

That's the bad news.

But there's also some good news. The Lady Bowmen may have learned something about themselves - they learned they can come from behind.

Sherwood, trailing to Gladstone by 20 points late in the first half, rallied in a big way in the second half, cutting the lead to three, before falling 71-64 to the Gladiators in a non-league game played Tuesday at Gladstone.

'I'm proud of how the girls fought back,' Sherwood coach Liz Barrett said after the game. 'They never gave up. That's what's important. We've grown a lot since last year.'

Gladstone, with the win, improved to 6-0 on the season. Sherwood fell to 4-1 with its first setback of the season.

'Even though we lost, it was still almost a win,' said Sherwood junior point guard Alex Francis, who sparked the Lady Bowmen rally with eight points and seven assists in the second half. 'We found out that we can come back. That's going to help us.'

Sherwood got off to a strong start in Tuesday's game. Behind the play of senior post Lauren Floyd and junior guard Melany Boulton, the Lady Bowmen jumped out to a 12-8 lead with 3 minutes and 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

But Gladstone, with senior Tasha Dearborn making a pair of three-point baskets, came back to claim a 23-17 advantage at the end of the period.

The Gladiators, who sank five three-pointers in the first quarter, continued their hot shooting in the second period. Gladstone junior Nikki Ramsey sank a 17-foot jump shot to give the Gladiators their biggest lead of the game, at 45-25, with 20 seconds left in the second quarter.

Sherwood got a basket from junior Brook Davis, off an assist from junior Jessi Ramp, in the final seconds of the period to make the halftime score 45-27.

'We had a good talk at halftime,' Francis said. 'We had a goal to score the first 10 points of the second half.'

The Lady Bowmen didn't quite reach that goal, but they did get off to an impressive start to the third quarter. With Floyd scoring five quick points, and with baskets by Ramp and Boulton, Sherwood outscored Gladstone 9-2 in the first 3:41 of the period. A layup by junior Megan Van Noy and a pair of free throws by senior Alli Hunt cut the Gladiator led to 48-40 with 1:45 to play in the quarter.

Sherwood got even closer. Francis first sank a three-pointer then she came up with a steal and passed the ball ahead to Hunt for a layup the trimmed the margin to 50-45 going into the fourth.

Lady Bowmen sophomore Brittany Morales scored on a drive to start the fourth quarter, getting Sherwood to within three at 50-47. After a basket by Gladstone junior Shanoaleigh Roseby, Morales scored again to keep the margin at three. But Sherwood couldn't get any closer.

Hunt sank a pair of three-pointers late in the game, but Gladstone, going 13-for-17 from the foul line in the quarter, held off the Lady Bowmen for the 61-54 victory.

'It was a matter of six minutes in the second quarter. That's where we lost it,' Barrett said. 'But we found out we can come back.'

Floyd led the Bowmen with 17 points in the contest. She went 8-for-12 from the field and also pulled down eight rebounds. Hunt scored 12 points, all coming in the second half.

Sherwood, as a team, went 24-for-53 from the field and 12-for-18 from the foul line.

Prior to the loss at Gladstone, Sherwood scored a 42-35 win at Corvallis on Friday. Van Noy and Ramp each scored 10 points.