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Putnam coeds test 8th-ranked Lions; West Linn gets it done at 'crunch time'
MILWAUKIE - The unheralded Rex Putnam Kingsmen gave the eight-ranked West Linn Lions a run for their money in their Three Rivers League girls basketball opener on Friday, taking the Lions down to the wire in a 58-52 loss.
Trailing by two points, the Kingsmen had two opportunities to go ahead in the final 30 seconds of play.
With 30 seconds remaining, a Kingsmen missed a 3-point shot that would have put her team up by one.
The Kingsmen got another opportunity following two missed free throws, but they turned the ball over. West Linn senior Emily Wattman-Turner stole the ball and scored a basket at the other end of the floor to put the game out of reach.
'The girls were pretty ticked off [following the game],' said Putnam coach Mike Pomerenke. 'They knew that if they'd played a full game, they would have had them.'
The Lions appeared to have the game in hand at the end of the third period, when they took advantage of cold shooting on the part of the Kingsmen to build a 12-point advantage.
But the Kingsmen upped their intensity on defense and rallied back to make a game of it.
'We missed a number of lay-ups and we had some turnovers,' Pomerenke said of the third-quarter slump.
Senior post Holly Kennedy had a big game for Putnam, scoring a game-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Senior guard Sami Parr came through with 16 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Sophomore post Sarah Wilson corralled nine rebounds and rejected three shots.
Junior point guard Miranda Martine struggled against West Linn's double teams and scored only nine points.
Sophomore guard Morgan Joscelyn led three West Linn players who reached double figures in scoring.
The Kingsmen (5-7, 0-1) return home this Friday, when they entertain Lake Oswego (4-7, 0-1).
In other TRL girls basketball openers last Friday, third-ranked Oregon City put on a clinic, upending Milwaukie 78-28; and fourth-ranked Clackamas caught fire in the second half in a 56-38 win at Lake Oswego.
Brittany Knighton (16 points) led 13 Oregon City players who put points on the scoreboard. The Pioneers put the game away early, out-scoring the Mustangs 27-3 in the first period.
Clackamas out-scored Lake Oswego 19-4 in the third period, after playing the Lakers even in the first half. Cameryn Calhoun (13 points) led a balanced Cavalier offensive attack.
Oregon City (8-2) and Clackamas (9-2) were scheduled to meet on Tuesday at Clackamas. The Cavaliers host Milwaukie (2-10) on Friday, while the Pioneers take their show on the road at Lakeridge (6-5).