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Churchill outguns St. Helens

Cochran leads all scorers with 20 points


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - St. Helens' Maggie Cochran (3) shoots over Churchill junior wings Lauren Haugen (20) and Zophie Nitkowski (24).Churchill was too strong in the St. Helens High School girls’ basketball team’s second game in as many nights on Tuesday in St. Helens.

The Lions fell 64-53 after winning by the same score at Hood River Valley on Monday.

St. Helens (4-5 overall) set out to slow Lancers senior post Khadija Smith in the paint, but the returning OSAA Class 6A Midwestern League honorable mention led Churchill (4-3) with 17 points.

“We missed Kaylee Wegner,” said Lions coach Billy McKinney of his 5-foot-10 junior post on holiday vacation. “We went up against one of the most physical players in the state. Kaylee would have held her down — she goes against me in practice and slows me down.”

Maggie Cochran struck inside and out to lead all scorers with 20 points.

“Maggie’s averaging about 15 points a game,” McKinney said. “She’s really putting it down, and I’m proud of her.”

Tierra Ramsay chipped in 15 points.

Churchill sophomore wing Kayla Nesbitt came away with 13 points. Junior wings Lauren Haugen and Zophie Nitkowski put in 13 and 11 respective points.

The Lancers led 39-29 through three quarters, but Ashley Giesbers helped St. Helens finish on a 24-5 run and totaled eight points.

“The fourth quarter was amazing,” McKinney said. “We always do that in the fourth quarter.”

Cochran and Giesbers scored 22 and 12 respective points for the Lions (4-4) at Hood River Valley.

Senior wing Marlie Bloomster led the Eagles (1-6) with 15 points.

Liberty led the Lions early in Northwest Oregon Conference play on Friday, Dec. 18, in Hillsboro.

Sophomore guard Kenzie Pimentel spurred the Falcons (1-5, 1-1 Northwest Oregon) with 16 points, senior guard Alyssa Grenfell scored 15 points and senior post Elaina Maki went for 13 points.

Cochran led the Lions (3-4, 0-2) with 13 points. Wegner put in 10 points.

The Lions are scheduled to host Franklin (2-5) at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Liberty 73, St. Helens 42

SH 10 12 2 18 — 42

L 21 18 23 11 — 73

SH — Maggie Cochran 13, Kaylee Wegner 10, Ashley Giesbers 8, Tierra Ramsay 6, Emily Nollette 3, Athena Duggan 2. Totals 13 13-27 42.

L — Kenzie Pimentel 16, Alyssa Grenfell 15, Elaina Maki 13, Andrea Gallegos 8, Mariah Williams 7, Maliah Jobe 6, Jaidyn Thomas 5, Kayla Pimentel 2, Katie Magera 1. Totals 26 16-23 73.

3-point goals — SH 3 (Cochran 2, Nollette); L 5 (Grenfell 2, Kenzie Pimentel, Thomas, Maki). Total fouls — SH 17; L 18. Fouled out — Thomas.

St. Helens 64,

Hood River Valley 53

SH 17 17 22 8 — 64

HRV 12 12 15 14 — 53

SH — Cochran 22, Giesbers 12, Ramsay 11, Nollette 9, Wegner 8, Myranda Northrup 2. Totals 23 10-24 64.

HRV — Marlie Bloomster 15, Abby Kinoshita 8, Ann Marie Goodman 8, Nia Lopez 7, Mykan Malone 6, Lauren Orr 4, Kassidy Davidson 3, Emily Curtis 2. Totals 22 5-18 53.

3-point goals — SH 7 (Cochran 4, Ramsay 2, Giesbers); HRV 4 (Lopez 2, Davidson, McLone). Total fouls — SH 19; HRV 17. Fouled out — Giesbers.

Churchill 64,

St. Helens 53

C 12 25 22 5 — 64

SH 14 9 6 24 — 53

C — Khadija Smith 17, Kayla Nesbitt 13, Lauren Haugen 13, Zophie Nitkowski 11, Shayna Bass 4, Isis Smith 4, Whitney Williams 2. Totals 23 13-16 64.

SH — Cochran 20, Ramsay 15, Giesbers 8, Northrup 4, Nollette 3, Kaela Lee 3. Totals 22 2-3 53.

3-point goals — C 5 (Nesbitt 3, Haugen, Nitkowski); SH 7 (Cochran 3, Ramsay 2, Nollette, Lee).