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Lady Lions finish season with two losses


Team just misses taking Parkrose into overtime

The season finale for the St. Helens Lady Lions went much like the rest of the season—a good effort but a narrow miss at the end.

St. Helens lost to Parkrose on Friday, 57-54. The squad came from behind in the fourth period, but Jillian Ross’ three-pointer at the buzzer just rimmed off the basket. Earlier in the week, St. Helens fell to Sandy, 49-26.

The Parkrose game marked the end of the season for both teams.

St. Helens and Parkrose surged at various points in the contest. Parkrose took the early lead with three quick buckets, then Jillian Ross, Nicole Harcourt and Rianne Tupper brought the Lady Lions back. St. Helens scored the last seven points of the period and trailed by just two points.

The Lady Lions took the lead in the second when Annika Bingaman hit a basket at 5:28, but Parkrose went on a seven-point run to move back in front. By the end of the period, St. Helens trailed by eight.

The Broncos would lead by as much at 14 in the third period, but St. Helens wouldn’t go away. Ross’ shot at the buzzer pulled St. Helens within nine.

The Lady Lions kept plugging away in the fourth. Bingaman sank two free throws, Tupper hit a trey, Brittney Bartolomucci hit two quick buckets and it was just a six point game.

Midway, St. Helens missed some free throws, but then settled down and made nine of their last 10. Several girls contributed. When Tupper connected on two with 6.9 second left it was just a three-point game.

The Lady Lions fouled, got the ball back, quickly moved the ball down the court and Ross got a pretty good look. It was the last shot of her high school basketball career, and it hit the rim and deflected off. Ross led St. Helens in scoring with 14 points. Tupper was also in double figures with 10.

Earlier in the week, St. Helens fell behind Sandy early and found themselves down by 10. They stayed almost even in the second period, but were still down 27-15 at halftime. St. Helens would only score three in the third period as Sandy put the game away, 49-26.

Tupper led St. Helens in scoring with 11.


Parkrose 57, St. Helens 54

Parkrose 14 16 16 11—57

St. Helens 12 10 13 19—54

Parkrose (57)—Audrey Frison 19, Jacia Jointer 16, N. Matthews 6, D. Mathews 6, Akles 6, Mitchell 4, Branch.

St. Helens (54)—Jillian Ross 14, Rianne Tupper 10, Bartolomucci 8, Harcourt 7, Amick 6, Williams 5, Bingaman 4, Etchison.

Sandy 49, St. Helens 26

St. Helens 9 6 3 8—26

Sandy 19 8 11 11—49

St. Helens (26)—Rianne Tupper 11, Ross 7, Sharp 4, Bartolomucci 4, Harcourt, Etchison, Reardon, Hembree, Amick, Williams, Bingaman.

Sandy (49)—Raquel Pellecer 15, Nutt 9, Schmautz 7, Byron 7, Barnett 4, Valitski 3, Remsburg 2, Phipps 2, McAllestar.