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St. Helens girls can't catch Hillsboro

Spartans get away with Northwest Oregon Conference win

ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOL -      Hillsboro was just out of the St. Helens girls' reach in Northwest Oregon Conference action on Tuesday night.

The visiting Spartans got away 49-40.

"As a coach, I'm extremely proud of these girls," Lions coach Billy McKinney said. "The girls are taking this loss hard, but we're right there. I told them, 'You're in the toughest conference in the state.'"

Hillsboro (10-5 overall, 5-2 Northwest Oregon) led 14-7 after a quarter but the Lions (5-10, 0-7) could not come all the way back.

Maggie Cochran powered St. Helens with 19 points.

Senior post and returning all-conference first-teamer Shariah Green led the Spartans with 16 points. Junior guard Makenna Gambee scored 12 points.

Hillsboro went 8-of-14 from the free throw line to St. Helens' 2-for-9.

The Spartans have taken all three conference contests from the Lions since realigning from the Class 6A Pacific Conference last year.

Third-ranked La Salle Prep and No. 10 Milwaukie headline the Lions' final nine conference games.

St. Helens is scheduled to play at Sandy, which has taken the last four contests in the series, at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

"If we play as well as we did tonight, look out Sandy," McKinney said.

The Pioneers escaped from St. Helens with a 49-45 win on Dec. 15.

Hillsboro 49, St. Helens 40

H 14 12 10 13 — 49

SH 7 15 7 11 — 40

H — Shariah Green 16, Makenna Gambee 12, Katie Salas 7, Michaela Rogers 7, Kendra Wilson 4, Sorain Dy 3. Totals 19 8-14 49.

SH — Maggie Cochran 19, Kaylee Wegner 6, Myranda Northrup 6, Tierra Ramsay 5, Giesbers 2, Emily Nollette 2. Totals 15 2-9 40.