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Lions move up with wins over Parkrose, Liberty

St. Helens bounces back after slow start against Liberty; trounces Parkrose


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Corey West (40) has been on fire for the Lions in their last two games. He had 10 points against Liberty Tuesday and led the game with 19 against Parkrose on Friday.The St. Helens Lions got two wins they sorely needed last week and stayed in the running for a post season playoff berth.

Tuesday, the Lions put together a big fourth period to down Liberty, 43-37, and on Friday got off to a quick start in a 78-55 rout of Parkrose.

The Lions were on fire in the first quarter against Parkrose, finishing with a 22-9 run and the game never got closer.

Just about everything went St. Helens way in the first period. Cody Beisley got seven points, Jared Bonney hit a three and had five, Cody Galvin added a three, and Nathan Hunter put up a couple of buckets from underneath.

The second period was much of the same. Corey West stepped up with three baskets for six points and would go on to have 19 and lead the game in scoring. By the end of the half, the Lions found themselves with a comfortable 43-21 lead. Devon Jewett also added a three in the frame.

Coach Jerry Allen could be heard telling his charges, “No complacency” before the start of the second half. It wasn’t something he’s had to urge very often this season.

The Lions were anything but complacent. Galvin hit a three to start the period, and then dropped in another. Beisely would have a three-point play and later a three, while Tanner Long also added a trey in the 21-17 run. West also added two buckets from underneath.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Cody Beisley brings the ball down the court during Friday's game with Parkrose. Beisley had 11 points in the contest.The Lions led 64-39 going into the last period and were worry-free. West added four more baskets and a field goal to cover most of St. Helens scoring. Freshman Quintin Galvin also had a three and five points in the game.

Against Liberty, the Lions got back on track after an abysmal start to the contest. St. Helens didn’t get their first points of the game until Jared Bonney hit a three at the buzzer in the first quarter.

Fortunately for the Lions, Liberty scored just eight points in the period and the lead was not insurmountable.

In the second quarter, St. Helens held an 18-7 scoring advantage, most of that coming with six points each from Tanner Long and Corey West. St. Helens was up 21-15 at the break. Liberty came back to surge in front in the last two minutes of the third. The Lions led 27-22 with 1:45 left, but the Falcons rattled off seven points.

The Lions were still trailing 35-30 midway through the fourth, but went on a 13-2 run to finish the game. Cody Beisley had seven of his nine points in the period. Bonney hit a three that put St. Helens ahead, and when he was fouled on the next trip down, he sank two of three free throws to make it a 39-35 lead for the Lions. Liberty pulled within two with a bucket, but St. Helens hit four free throws at the end to clinch—two by Beisley and two by West.

The win moved St. Helens to 4-4 in the standings with the two wins. They are currently ranked 19th and that puts them in line for a play-in berth in the post season.

The Lions hope to keep their momentum going. They were at Sherwood on Tuesday and host Wilsonville Friday. They lost both those games in the first go-round, but a win in either would boost them in the rankings. Next week, they travel to Milwaukie on Tuesday and Putnam on Thursday. They finish the regular season with Sandy at home and then a trip to Parkrose.

Scoring:

St. Helens 78, Parkrose 55

Parkrose 9 12 18 16—55

St. Helens 22 21 21 14—78

Parkrose (55)—Kendall Fletcher 18, Tonga Tokelau 10, Hurlic 5, Sario 4, Lindsay 4, M. Edwards 3, Vandermeer 2, R. Edwards 2, Surratt.

St. Helens (78)—Corey West 19, Cody Beisley 12, Cody Galvin 11, Long 9, Hunter 9, Jewett 6, Bonney 5, Q. Galvin 5, Dummer 2, Bumgardner, Enyart, Spencer.

St. Helens 43, Liberty 37

Liberty 8 7 14 8—37

St. Helens 3 18 6 16—43

Liberty (37)—T. Lovelady 9, A. Holman 9, Robello 7, Walker 6, Mast 4, Parker 2, Greenlee.

St. Helens (43)—Corey West 10, Beisley 9, Long 8, Bonney 8, Hunter 4, Bumgardner 4, Dummer, Q. Galvin, C. Galvin, Jewett.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Liberty 37, St. Helens 43

Wilsonville 57, Milwaukie 46

Sandy 61, Parkrose 58

Putnam 37, Sherwood 62

Friday, Feb. 1

Sandy at Milwaukie

Parkrose at St. Helens

Sherwood at Liberty

Putnam at Wilsonville

Tuesday, Feb. 5

St. Helens at Sherwood

Liberty at Parkrose

Milwaukie at Putnam

Wilsonville at Sandy

Friday, Feb. 8

Wilsonville at St. Helens

Milwaukie at Liberty

Parkrose at Putnam

Sandy at Sherwood

Tuesday, Feb. 12

St. Helens at Milwaukie

Sherwood at Parkrose

Sandy at Putnam

Liberty at Wilsonville

Thursday, Feb. 14

St. Helens at Putnam

Liberty at Sandy

Wilsonville at Parkrose

Milwaukie at Sherwood

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Sandy at St. Helens

Sherwood at Wilsonville

Parkrose at Milwaukie

Putnam at Liberty

Friday, Feb. 22

St. Helens at Parkrose

Wilsonville at Putnam

Milwaukie at Sandy

Liberty at Sherwood