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Lady Viks split with two league opponents


Forest Grove girls get a win over Newberg but can't top Tigard

For the second consecutive week, the Forest Grove girls basketball team split its two Pacific Conference games, defeating Newberg on the road last Tuesday and falling to Tigard on the road on Friday.

The Lady Vikings came out lethargically against Newberg on Tuesday, ending the first quarter with a 15-8 deficit.

“We started the game with not a lot of energy,” Forest Grove coach Dan Lumpkin said. “It just seemed kind of sluggish.”

Forest Grove (11-6, 3-4) was able to turn things around in the second quarter and keep up its intensity through the rest of the game. Post Madi Andresen scored 17 points, guard Hannah Swanson controlled the rhythm and tempo of the offense and Forest Grove pulled off a harrowing 45-42 victory.

“We came on after that (first quarter) and we were able to pull ahead and get a win over there, which is a really tough place to play,” Lumpkin said. “We were able to flip it on in the second, third and fourth quarters and come out with a lot more energy ... and get it done.”

Things did not go nearly as well for the Lady Vikings against Tigard on Friday. The Tigers, who sit in first place in the Pacific Conference, overmatched Forest Grove with their zone defense and solid offense.

Forest Grove ended the game shooting just 6-of-37 from the field and Tigard cruised to a 49-20 victory.

“Tigard had a really good team,” Lumpkin said. “They play really aggressive defense and they slow the game down with their zone. We just didn’t respond very well to that and end of story.

“We shot pretty poorly. We got some good shots, but we didn’t really shoot with confidence. They came out and controlled the pace of the game and the tone of the game and our girls just weren’t able to respond to it.”

The inconsistent results from one game to the next have been an ongoing theme for the Lady Vikings during conference play. After a very good pre-season when they went 8-2, the Viks have been unable to win back-to-back games. Forest Grove’s Pacific Conference record of 3-4 has the Vikings sitting in fifth place in the league.

Lumpkin sees a silver lining for his crew, though, when Forest Grove matches up against opposing conference teams a second time.

“I feel OK with where we are knowing that we have some things that we can definitely improve upon,” Lumpkin said. “One of those loses was a (64-60) overtime loss to McMinnville, which was a close one. I feel pretty good going around the second time. We should be able to beat some of those teams the second time around.”

This week the Vikings will host Tualatin on Tuesday and Glencoe on Friday. While Forest Grove lost to both teams earlier this year, Lumpkin believes that the results might be different this week when his team defends its own home floor.

“We could get a win this week against either Tualatin or Glencoe,” Lumpkin said. “Having them both at home this week will give us even more of a comfort level, and having seen them once should hopefully show us that we can play and compete with those teams. They should be good games.”