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Lions summer girls' basketball on the prowl

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions sophomore guard Myranda Northrup (24) defends against Scappoose freshman guard Sara Mills in St. Helens' 41-38 win on Saturday, June 11, at Milwaukie High School.Maddie Holm and the Lions are off to a hot start in summer league.

The upstart eighth-grade captain led St. Helens to wins in three of four games at the Mountain View (Vancouver, Wash.) tournament on June 4-5.

"There are inside jokes on the court," Holm said. "We've played well together for about three days of practice."

Holm's 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals helped the Lions beat Heritage (Vancouver, Wash.) 39-19 on June 4. Maggie Cochran, a junior, came away with 13 points.

St. Helens beat Ridgefield (Wash.) 37-14 on the strength of Holm's 22 points and 14 rebounds. Kaylee Wegner, a sophomore captain, added 10 points and five rebounds.

The Lions also bounced Mountain View 51-19 on the first day with Holm's 26 points and 12 rebounds.

St. Helens beat Evergreen (Vancouver, Wash.) 36-33 on June 5 before falling 51-24 to Camas (Wash).

Holm outscored Class 6A Wilson (Portland) and pulled down 11 rebounds in a 32-21 win on Saturday, June 11, at Milwaukie High School. Wegner assisted with three points and 10 rebounds.

The Lions varsity came up 7-17 overall and 2-14 in the Northwest Conference in the winter, but averaged 44.7 points against 49 allowed as eight of their losses were by 10 or fewer points.

Kaelixte LeFave, a freshman post coming off of a junior varsity year, suffered a broken hand in the softball season and was set to have her cast removed on Wednesday, June 15.

"Hopefully by the end of July I'll be ready to go full-force," LeFave said. "This is a unique year with the talent we have."