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Hillsboro gets through St. Helens' pressure

Bryce Mulcahy leads all Lions with 12 points

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - St. Helens junior forward Kahler Inskeep (22) scrambles for a loose ball.

St. Helens hassled visiting Hillsboro in Northwest Oregon Conference action on Tuesday, but the Spartans found a way.

Hillsboro won 68-46.

The Lions (3-12 overall, 1-6 Northwest Oregon) held the Spartans to seven second-quarter points but trailed 30-18 at the half.

“We need to come out with that kind of [second quarter] energy,” said Bryce Mulcahy, who led St. Helens with 12 points. “We need to get our heads in the game. Kyle [Ruege], [Quintin] Galvin and Drake [Dow] called me to flash up, and it created more offense.”

Ruege scored nine points. Jacob Falk pulled down seven rebounds.

“We keep digging holes, then we try to get out of them,” Lions coach Jordan Massinger said. “We keep waiting too long to battle back. I like that we’ve shared the ball and we’re working together and getting into the post when we need to, but we need to come firing out so our first and second quarters are like our third and fourth. We need to capitalize on those runs.”

Junior guard Corey Hindley hit four 3-pointers for the Spartans (5-10, 2-5) on the way to 19 points. Junior post Tahj Barr-Colford scored 11 points and junior foward Andrew Castillo put in 10 points.

Hillsboro has taken all three contests since realigning from the Class 6A Pacific Conference last year.

St. Helens also fell 82-45 at Milwaukie, which has taken four of the last five in the series, on Friday, Jan. 22.

The Lions can match their highest win total since 2013 when Sandy comes to town at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

The Pioneers have won the last four contests.

Hillsboro 68, St. Helens 46

H 23 7 18 20 — 68

SH 11 7 12 16 — 46

H — Corey Hindley 19, Tahj Barr-Colford 11, Andrew Castillo 10, RJ Nelson 8, Anthony Gonzalez 7, Josh Jones 4, Payton Swanson 4, Evan Nelson 3, Jake Thomas 2. Totals 28 8-14 68.

SH — Bryce Mulcahy 12, Kyle Ruege 9, Drake Dow 6, Devin McCall 6, Kahler Inskeep 6, Jacob Falk 3, Matt Medina 2, Dylan Brady 2. Totals 17 12-19 46.

3-point goals — H 6 (Hindley 4, Jones, Gonzalez); SH 2 (Ruege, Dow). Total fouls — H 16; SH 13.