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Girls lose to Newberg by one point in hard-fought Friday contest

The Forest Grove girls' basketball team demonstrated determination in a dramatic back-and-forth home contest against Newberg last Friday but were edged out in the final minute of double-overtime.

Amanda Steele's layup for the Tigers in the final seconds put Newberg ahead 47-46 and the Vikings were unable to answer.

Still, Coach Dan Lumpkin was pleased with the effort. 'We came out with a lot of good energy,' he said. 'We played hard the whole game.'

Both teams started slowly, combining to score just seven total points in the first quarter, before settling in to a back-and-forth affair that stayed close the whole way.

Things ground back to a halt in the first overtime period as both teams went scoreless over four minutes.

Baskets by guards Marta Burchett and Lacey Albo gave the Tigers an early lead in double overtime, but Forest Grove took the lead on a transition layup by Karla Broderson with 43 seconds to play.

Wing Abbie Woginrich wasted little time inbounding the ball to Burchett, who took advantage of the chaos following the Vikings' score to beat their pressure and get the ball to half court. From there, she spotted Steele on the move up the left side and found her for the go-ahead score.

'We got a steal and she got a lay up,' Lumpkin said. 'Transitioning back while trying to put a little pressure on the ball, they were able to get a quick transition going the other way.'

Amanda Steele and Burchett scored 11 points apiece to lead Newberg, with the post grabbing 10 boards and the point guard limiting herself to just three turnovers.

Jessica Ortman led the Vikings with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Hope Fletcher added 10 points and 6 rebounds while Broderson and Lira each had 6 points. Abby Jensen snared 10 rebounds for Forest Grove.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well and finished with nearly identical statistics in rebounding and turnovers. Newberg did enjoy a crucial advantage at the free throw line, though, hitting 17 of its 25 attempts while Forest Grove went 11-for-23.

The Tigers picked up their third win in four games while extending the Vikings' losing skid to four games.

A home win would have been sweet for the Vikings. 'It would have been a good one,' Lumpkin said. 'We've now played three games in a row where we've just not shot the ball well. We're playing well. We're just not putting the ball in the hoop.'

While the offense struggled, shooting just 30%, Lumpkin was impressed with the play at the other end of the court, which included 20 defensive rebounds.

'I was happy with the defensive effort,' Lumpkin said. 'We got after it. We were diving on the floor. I counted 12 times our girls dove on the floor for loose balls, so I love the hustle and effort.'

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