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Girls basketball: Lady Lions on three-game streak, top Hood River

Rianne Tupper leads with 12 points as the Lions win 46-29


The St. Helens girls basketball program has accomplished something the Lions haven't sniffed since senior Rianne Tupper was playing in her sophomore season: A three-game winning streak.

The Lions (4-6, 2-1 NWOC) pushed past Hood River (3-10) on Friday night, winning their third in a row to retain second place in the NW Oregon Conference standings.

St. Helens got off to a solid start on offense to take a 17-4 lead after the first quarter behind seven first-quarter points from sophomore Maggie Cochran. Things slowed in the second period, but St. Helens got two big three-pointers from Tupper in the third quarter and outscored the Eagles down the stretch to win 46-29.

Tupper led with 12 points, followed by nine points from Cochran and eight from guard Emily Nollette in what head coach Billy McKinney said was a well-rounded and balanced offensive showing — a good sign moving forward.

Sophomore post Leslie Curtiss, a game after leading the Lions in scoring, had four points but was a force on the glass. Bella Roth and Tierra Ramsay contributed six points each, and Annika Bingaman scored two points.

Up next, the Lion have a far bigger challenge in a road game against No. 16 Wilsonville (5-5, 1-2 NWOC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 46, Hood River 29

HDRV 4 10 8 7 — 29

STHE 17 9 9 11 — 46

St. Helens: Tupper 12, Cochran 9, Roth 6, Nollette 8, Ramsay 6, Curtiss 4, A. Bingaman 2

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