Noren hits a career high 29 points in a 62-47 win at Wilsonville

Milwaukie handled Wilsonville (62-47) and Sandy (55-25) in Northwest Oregon Conference girls basketball games played on the road last week, and the Mustangs remain the team to beat in the NWOC.

Last Friday’s rout of Sandy was the Mustangs’ 14th win in a row and their eighth win without a loss in league.

Senior leader Alexis Noren was on fire in last week’s win at Wilsonville, hitting 10-of-18 shots from the floor and 7-of-9 free throws, and scoring a career- and game-high 29 points. The 5-10 playmaking guard played a strong game all-around, hitting two 3-pointers, hauling down nine rebounds, assisting on three baskets and stealing the ball four times.

Through play Jan. 29, Noren was averaging 16.1 points, 47 percent shooting, 4.9 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 steals.

April Meads (10 points) also scored in double figures at Wilsonville, shooting 50 percent from the field, with two treys.

Senior post Emily Downs claimed 10 rebounds and served up four assists.

The Mustangs took charge in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Wildcats 26-9 and building a 43-24 advantage.

The Mustangs took no hostages in Friday’s game at Sandy, as they scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back.

Meads (15 points, three 3-pointers), Noren (14 points, 8 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals), Lorissa Martine (14 points, three 3-pointers) and Downs (10 points) all scored in double figures in a balanced offensive attack.

Ranked fifth in the state in the OSAA power rankings, the Mustangs (15-2, 8-0) could face a stiff challenge this Friday, when they entertain Liberty. The Falcons (8-10, 6-2) were in second place in the NWOC standings heading into play this week. Milwaukie won a close one at Liberty on Jan. 18, 41-35.

Hard luck continues

for the Kingsmen

The hard luck continued for Rex Putnam’s girls basketball team last week, as the Kingsmen dropped two close games, losing to Sherwood 50-42 on Jan. 29, and dropping a 48-47 heartbreaker to Wilsonville on Friday.

Nursing a 33-27 lead at halftime, the Kingsmen let the Wilsonville game get away from in the second half, when they had a number of unforced turnovers.

The Kingsmen scored only 14 points in the second half, as they made only 6-of-17 shots from the floor. They’d made 13-of-29 field goals in the first half.

Junior wing Kelsea Baton (17 points, 8 rebounds) put Putnam up 47-46 when she hit a short jumper with 12 seconds to play. But freshman guard Caitlin Malvar (20 points) answered for Wilsonville with two seconds remaining, scoring the game-winner on a short jumper.

The Kingsmen turned the ball over 28 times in the loss.

Putnam senior point guard Fernanda Manzano had one of her better offensive games, sparking the Kingsmen offense with a season-high seven assists.

Putnam junior wing Ali Schooley scored nine points and she stole the ball six times.

Baton had a big game in the loss to Sherwood, scoring 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting and hauling down 10 rebounds. Schooley had 10 points and four steals.

Nursing a 39-36 lead, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Bowmen put that game away.

The Kingsmen had an ice-cold night of shooting, finding the mark on only 16-of-48 shots from the floor.

The Kingsmen (4-13, 2-6) play Parkrose (8-8, 5-3) on the road this Friday, and they entertain Sandy (3-14, 1-7) next Tuesday.

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