Basketball: The Lady Bowmen fall behind 21-4 and can't rally in 54-43 loss at Hillsboro
by: DAN BROOD, HACKED — Sherwood High School freshman Megan Shields (center) is fouled as she tries to get a shot off between Hillsboro’s Adrienne Spiering (left) and Shayla Ball.

HILLSBORO - A quick 21-4 deficit.

Shooting at just a 1-for-17 clip to start the game.

Those aren't easy things to overcome.

And the Lady Bowmen couldn't.

The Sherwood High School girls basketball team, getting off to an ice-cold start to the contest, fell 54-43 to Hillsboro in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at Hillsboro High School.

'When you put yourself down 20-4, that's a tough hole to work out of,' Sherwood coach Liz Barrett said after the game. 'We came out flat. We just had a lack of emotion.'

With the loss, Sherwood fell to 3-2 in NWOC games at that point, putting the Lady Bowmen in a tie with Liberty for third place in the league standings, while also moving to 12-3 on the season. Hillsboro improved to 10-6 on the season and to 4-1 in league contests, putting the Spartans alone in second place in the NWOC standings.

Hillsboro took control of Friday's game right from the start. A layup by junior guard Sadie Lopez gave the Spartans a 9-0 lead with only 2 minutes and 3 seconds elapsed in the contest.

Sherwood got on the scoreboard when senior Brooke Davis sank an eight-foot jumper off an assist by senior Jessi Ramp, making the score 9-2 with 5:44 to play in the opening period. But the Lady Bowmen scored only one more point in the quarter, on a free throw by Davis, and they went scoreless the final 4:26 of the period.

Sherwood made just one of its 12 shots from the field in the quarter, which ended with Hillsboro holding a 16-3 lead.

The Lady Bowmen then missed their first five shots from the field in the second quarter. The Spartans took advantage of Sherwood's cold shooting. Hillsboro pushed its lead to 21-4 after getting a follow-up basket by junior Danielle Schmidt and a free throw by Lopez coming with 5:43 to play before halftime.

But the Lady Bowmen finally started clicking. Senior guard Alex Francis converted a three-point play, freshman post Megan Shields scored four straight points and Francis buried a three-pointer to trim the lead to 28-16 with 2:50 to play in the second quarter. A basket by Sherwood senior Megan Van Noy made the score 30-18 at halftime.

Sherwood kept trying to chip away in the third quarter. Ramp sank a pair of three-pointers, both coming off passes from Francis, to cut the Hillsboro lead to 39-28. A free throw by Schmidt gave the Spartans a 40-28 advantage going into the final stanza.

Van Noy scored four straight points to start the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 40-32 - the closest the Lady Bowmen had been to Hillsboro since the opening minutes of the game - with 5:36 to play in the contest. But Sherwood couldn't get any closer.

The Spartans made eight free throws in the final 1:56 of the contest to hold off the Lady Bowmen and get the 54-43 victory.

'That first quarter was so bad,' Barrett said. 'That's been a common thread for us. We seem to have one bad quarter. We were on our heals on defense and on offense we didn't finish.'

Francis was Sherwood's leading scorer in the contest with 10 points. Ramp and Van Noy each added eight points.

The Lady Bowmen, as a team, made 16 of 56 shots from the field and seven of 13 free-throw attempts in the contest.

Schmidt led all scorers with 22 points. The Spartans made 17 of 41 shots from the field and they shot at an 18-for-28 clip from the free throw line.

Sherwood bounced back on Tuesday to defeat Glencoe 56-41 in a league game played at Glencoe High School. Francis paced the Lady Bowmen in the win with 17 points. Junior post Lauren Codling added 14 points and Van Noy scored eight.

With the win at Glencoe, the Lady Bowmen moved to 4-2 in league play and to 13-3 on the season.

Sherwood will be back in action Friday when it hosts Liberty in a league game starting at 5:45 p.m. at Sherwood High School. On Tuesday, the Lady Bowmen travel to face league-leading Wilsonville at 7:15 p.m.

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