Skyhawks soar to a 64-33 victory in the play-in round of the Class 6A state playoffs
by: Chase Allgood Forest Grove senior Taylor Lira (22) takes the ball to the basket during last Friday’s state play-in game against Southridge. The Lady Viks lost the game 64-33.

Talk about a tough draw.

After finishing sixth in the Pacific Conference this year, the Forest Grove girls basketball team was scheduled to face the Metro League No. 4 seed in a play-in game for the right to make the Class 6A state playoffs.

Instead, the Lady Vikings got a league champion when they drew Southridge, which finished the regular season in a four-way tie for the Metro League title.

'We got to play the one with the lowest power ranking,' Forest Grove coach Dan Lumpkin said.

That wound up being 13th-ranked Southridge (14-10), which overpowered the Lady Viks 64-33 last Friday to earn a playoff berth.

'We scouted them and knew their strength was their pressure defense, and they only got four points off turnovers, so we handled that,' Lumpkin said. 'Where they got us was three-pointers.'

The hot-shooting Skyhawks made 8-of-18 shots from long range while Forest Grove was 0-for-7, and Southridge quickly pulled away on a cold shooting night for the Lady Viks.

'We played well. The score doesn't show it, but we played one of our better games,' Lumpkin said. 'We were getting shots, we just couldn't get them to fall.'

Hope Fletcher scored 10 points to lead Forest Grove (12-13), while Madi Andresen added seven points and Abby Jensen collected five rebounds.

'We had some ups and downs, but I think we improved in a lot of areas over last year,' Lumpkin said.

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