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Sandy struggles to score vs. Olympians

The Sandy girls basketball team never hit its stride during a 41-25 nonleague loss to Sprague on Thursday, Dec. 20.

The Pioneers fell behind 9-3 early in the game after going the entire first period without hitting a shot from the field. Sandy finally ended that streak on its first possession of the second quarter when Dalton Meade sank a long jumper with her toes just touching the 3-point arc.

That sparked Sandy's only run of the night, as teammate Sarah Sturges drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key on the team's next trip downcourt. Siara Leininger hit 1 of 2 foul shots to tie the game midway through the second period.

But the Pioneers never took a lead, falling back 15-11 by intermission.

Sprague dominated the boards, getting a handful of scoring chances on almost every possession. Their persistence in chasing down loose balls eventually allowed the Olympians to run away with the win early in the fourth period.

After a missed free throw, Sprague's Katie Bock cut in front of a Sandy defender to reach a bouncing ball near the sideline. She twisted her body while falling out of bounds, and fired a pass back toward the free-throw line where Cassie Stutz swished an open shot to end the third period.

Sprague extended to a 30-17 lead when its leading scorer Ashlyn Roos drilled a 3-pointer from the baseline. Sandy had no answer, making only one shot through the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Sturges shared Sandy's scoring lead along with post player Rachel Lesowski, who came off the bench to contribute eight points.

The Pioneers will take part in the Lake Oswego Shootout this week before returning to Mount Hood Conference play Friday, Jan. 4, at Hood River.