St. Helens falls behind both early, can't find way back
The St. Helens Lions can't seem to get off to a good start in their last few games and have settled on a four-game skid going into this week.
Friday night, the squad let Liberty go on a 14-2 run midway through the first period and fell behind 21-8. Although they outscored the visiting Falcons 42-36 in the second half, it wasn't enough to make up the deficit.
Nathan Hunter led the Lions in scoring against Liberty with 15, while three other Lions were also in double figures.
The Lions need to get back on the winning track in their last three games of the regular season if they want to move up in the league standings and the Oregon School Activities Association rankings.
Parkrose 58, Lions 47
The Lions didn't score for the first five minutes of last Tuesday's game with Parkrose, fell 10 points behind, and never really recovered in a 58-47 loss.
The loss was the third in a row for the Lions (10-10), their longest losing streak of the season. They had beaten Parkrose 52-44 in their first meeting.
The Lions didn't have much of an answer for 6-foot, 9-inch post Orlando Vance in the first period. He scored 12 of his game high 20 points in that frame. They also had trouble at times in controlling guard Marquis Hammick, who finished the game with 19 points.
St. Helens was down 14 at the break, having scored just 13 points in the first half. St. Helens wasn't able to get the game back to a single-digit lead, and it took two last-minute buckets from Tanner Long to close the gap at the end.
Jared Bonney led St. Helens in scoring with 15 points, and Brandon Underwood was also in double figures with 10.
The Lions travelled to Sherwood on Tuesday and host Rex Putnam this Thursday, Feb. 16. They finish the regular season at Sandy on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Liberty 74, St. Helens 66
Liberty 21 17 15 21-74
St. Helens 8 15 17 26-66
Liberty (74)-Mike Gregory 15, Ryan Clark 15, Aaron Holman 12, Jalen Thomas 10, Lovelady 8, Rivers 8, Grier 6, Bolinger, Eggiman.
St. Helens (66)- Nathan Hunter 15, Tanner Long 14, Jake Ramiskey 14, Cody Galvin 10, Bonney 9, Underwood 2, Macedo 2.
Parkrose 58, St. Helens 47
Parkrose 16 11 10 21-58
St. Helens 7 6 11 23-47
Parkrose (58)-Orlando Vance 20, Marquis Hammick 19, Jonathan Boland 10, Curry-Moore 4, DeYoe 3, Arnold 2, Sheppard, Abney, Hurlic Tokelau, Ingram, Morgan.
St. Helens (47)-Jared Bonney 15, Brandon Underwood 10, Long 7, Beisley 5, Ramiskey 4, Hunter 4, Galvin 2, Dummer, Loeks.