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Lady Lions drop pair to Milwaukie, RP

Milwaukie rolls; Putnam pushes and shoves way to win


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Lucy Kyle-Milward puts up a shot during last week's game with Rex Putnam. She had five points in the game.It was a tough week for the St. Helens Lady Lions on the basketball court. First they got hammered by league-leading Milwaukie, and then they were pushed around last Thursday night by a contentious Rex Putnam team.

St. Helens was out of the Milwaukie game early. The Mustangs outscored them 15-4 in the first period and led 29-9 by halftime. It didn’t get better in a 63-25 loss.

Thursday, the Lady Lions faced a Putnam team they had beaten twice before, once in a tournament and once in the first round of league play.

The game didn’t come to actual punches thrown, but a lot of elbows, pushes, and scratches resulted. The officials ignored a lot of the fouling. There was even screaming back and forth in the locker room after the game.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Rianne Tupper takes a shot during Friday's game with Rex Putnam.St. Helens fell behind in the early going, but then Nicole Harcourt, Rianne Tupper, and Jillian Ross brought the team back with eight straight points. Harcourt had four of those. The Lady Lions fell behind again, but Tupper hit a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to put them only one-point behind.

Putnam had a slight edge in the second, including four points at the end of the frame that gave them a 25-20 halftime advantage.

The Lady Lions fought back going on a 10-3 run that put them within two. They were down by three going into the last period. Putnam rolled off nine points to start the fourth period, and while St. Helens cut into the lead at times, they weren’t able to make much of a dent. They made just two of seven free throws that would have changed the game.

Harcourt and Tupper were both in double figures with 10 apiece, while Ross was right behind with nine.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Nicole Harcourt goes to the hoop during last week's game with Rex Putnam.

The Lady Lions finish off their season this week with a trip to Sandy on Tuesday. Friday, they host Parkrose in their last game of the season.

Scoring:

Rex Putnam 47, St. Helens 38

Putnam 13 12 8 14—47

St. Helens 12 8 10 8—38

Putnam (47)—Ali Schooley 12, Baton 9, Manzano 8, Van Leuven 6, Ziegler 4, Snyder 3, Bolander 3, Simpson.

St. Helens (38)—Nicole Harcourt 10, Rianne Tupper 10, Jillian Ross 9, Sharp 5, Amick 4, Kyle-Milward, Bartolomucci.

Milwaukie 63, St. Helens 25

Milwaukie 15 14 18 16—63

St. Helens 4 5 6 6—25

Milwaukie (63)—Alexis Noun 16, Emily Downs 12, Taylor Cunningham 11, April Meads 10, Martine 8, Mulford 2, Enevoldsen 2, Hester 2, Rivers, Growold, Hampton, Whisman.

St. Helens (25)—Jillian Ross 9, Tupper 6, Kyle-Milward 5, Harcourt 2, Reardon 2, Amick 1, Etchison, Hembree, Sharp, Bartolomucci, Williams.