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After a rough week, Forest Grove looks ahead


Lady Vikings drop a pair of games, but coach finds positive signs as conference rivals await

It was a rough week for the Forest Grove girls basketball team.

The Vikings had an off night against Tualatin last Tuesday and lost 55-35, then had an off third quarter against Glencoe and lost 51-41.

“This week was tough, but we had to go on the road to two of the tougher teams in our conference,” Vikings coach Dan Lumpkin says. “The fact that our conference is as close as it is makes me feel really good. We lost to Tualatin by 20, but they’re not 20 points better than us, in my opinion. I think we’re right there.”

In Tualatin, facing the hard-pressing Timberwolves, the Vikings missed their first 10 shots and finished the first quarter with one point.

“Against Tualatin, we just didn’t show up to play,” Lumpkin says. “They bring a lot of pressure. It’s nothing that we haven’t practiced against, and it’s not something that we can’t handle. But, offensively we were stagnant. We were not finishing plays. We had a few shots right there at the hoop that should’ve been easy layups that we missed. We just didn’t come to play.”

The Vikings came out stronger against Glencoe, but were unable to overcome being outscored 14-4 in the third quarter.

“We played well on Friday against Glencoe,” Lumpkin says. “We just had a few trouble spots like that gap in the third quarter where we struggled to score any points.”

There were still some positives to take out of the two games last week. Lumpkin was pleased that several players had strong individual games.

“We’re a pretty balanced group,” he says. “It gets spread around a lot. Against Tualatin, Mary Hutchins had nine points, all in the second half and Madi Andresen had eight points. They came through and had some buckets for us. Unfortunately, we had the rough first half, so a lot of it was just trying to play catch-up in the second half.

“Against Glencoe, Kaitlyn Jamieson and Andresen both played really good defense in the post. Those girls played great defense. Offensively, Shelby Turner came through and knocked down some 3s for us. She finished with nine points. And Abby Jensen and Andresen had some good shots inside for us.”

The two losses last week moved Forest Grove’s record to 9-4 for the season and 1-2 in Pacific Conference play heading into home games this week against Century on Tuesday and McMinnville on Friday. Lumpkin is confident that the Vikings can put together a string of victories and become contenders in the conference.

“I feel really good,” he says. “For us, in order to turn that corner to be in that top level, a lot of it is just mental — being able to focus, stay consistent and play under control.

“A lot of that is more mental than ability. We have a ton of talent. We have length, athleticism, height, shooters, ball handlers. We have all the tools. I feel really good.”