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Forest Grove girls pick up lopsided win over McKay

Vikings cruise to a 73-19 triumph in conference action


Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forest Grove's McKenzie Long and Alyssa Villalobos trap McKay junior Andrea Fennimore during last Friday's Greater Valley Conference game.This one was mostly a formality — but it was still a big win.

Not unexpectedly, the Forest Grove girls basketball team trounced McKay at home last Friday, 73-19.

But it wasn’t just the margin of victory that was big. So was the fact that the result bumped the Vikings’ record to 4-4 halfway through Greater Valley Conference play, putting the squad in contention for a top-four finish and automatic state playoff berth.

Forest Grove (7-9, 4-4) has many steps to take before that possibility becomes a reality, but the Vikings took the step they needed at the time against the Royal Scots, who are winless (0-16) this season and ranked next-to-last in Class 6A — behind North Salem, whose only win this season came against McKay.

Despite the Scots’ poor record, this was no trap game.

“Whoever you’re playing, you gotta come out with the same energy and intensity, and I thought we did that tonight,” Forest Grove coach Dan Lumpkin said.

The Vikings were dominant from the get-go, jumping out to a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter. They built the margin to 33-15 after two periods and then outscored the Scots 40-4 in the second half.

Notably, the result lifted the team’s win streak — its first this season — to three games, and Forest Grove has prevailed in four of its past five contests.

“Starting off a little bit slow at the beginning of the season, it feels good,” said sophomore guard McKenzie Long, who led all scorers with 15 points. “Now, halfway through the season, we kind of have a little bit of momentum going into the second half of league. So we’re pretty excited about that.”

Long scored 12 of her points in the first half, while Emily Peters did a lot of the heavy lifting in the second half, when she scored nine points en route to 12 overall. McKenzie Calvert also reached double figures with 11 points.

In all, 11 players scored for the home team, including Alyssa Villalobos (eight points) and Ashlie Collins (seven).

“I think we focused more on ourselves,” Peters said about the Vikings’ approach to the game. “Basically, come out with intensity and energy, and not focus on how the opponent’s doing, but how we can get better every second.”

The Scots, who have been held to 10 points or fewer on five occasions this season, were no match. They sometimes struggled to advance the ball past half-court, and often when they did, they could not create good scoring opportunities. Cassandra Camacho-Guerrero led McKay with eight points, but no other Scot scored more than four.

The opposition stiffens considerably over the coming days for Forest Grove. The Vikings were scheduled to play at McMinnville (7-8, 3-5) on Tuesday. (Results were not available at press deadline.) They travel to McNary (8-8, 6-2) for a 5:45 p.m. game on Friday before hosting West Albany (12-4, 7-1) next Tuesday.

They are looking forward to seeing if they can flip some of their results the second time through GVC play.

“Coming around the second time, we have everyone playing now. We didn’t have that against some of these teams the first time through,” Lumpkin said. “I think we’d be able to steal a couple wins that we didn’t get the first time against a McNary or a West Salem and maybe try to be at 6-2 in the second half and really put ourselves in that top four, because then we’re automatically in (the state playoffs).”

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