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Sandy upsets No. 9 St. Helens

Pioneers take Northwest Oregon Conference opener


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - St. Helens' Kaylee Wegner (21) attempts a layup over Sandy senior forward Makenzie Brown (23).The St. Helens High School girls’ basketball team could not finish Sandy in Tuesday’s Northwest Oregon Conference opener in St. Helens.

The Pioneers beat the OSAA ninth-ranked Lions 49-45.

Sophomore Alicia Owens’ 3-pointer put Sandy (4-1 overall, 1-0 Northwest Oregon) ahead 46-45 with :50.6 left.

“We probably should have won that game by 10 or 12 points,” St. Helens coach Billy McKinney said. [Owens] hit the three that looked like a two, and it kind of took the heart out of us. We didn’t want to have kids in foul trouble so we went to the 2-3 zone, but then they hit 3s on us.”

The Pioneers led 37-23 with 1:47 left in the third quarter, but Maggie Cochran’s triple gave the Lions (3-3, 0-1) a 40-39 lead with 3:30 to play in the fourth.

Cochran’s 17 points led St. Helens. Kaylee Wegner scored eight points.

Owens powered Sandy with 16 points. Junior Makenna Wells scored 10 points.

The Pioneers have beaten St. Helens in each of their last five meetings.

“That game was ours, but we fell apart down the stretch,” McKinney said. “But six or seven years ago, if we’d been down like that, we would have folded and lost by 50.”

St. Helens was able to close out South Albany 34-31 on the road on Friday, Dec. 11.

Cochran led the Lions (3-2) with 12 points. Tierra Ramsay scored 10 points.

Senior post Elizabeth Oleman put in 12 points for the Rebels (1-3). Junior guard Paige Diller added nine points.

St. Helens is scheduled to play at Liberty (0-5) at 7:15 p.m. on Friday in Hillsboro.

“We have to have the Liberty game on Friday,” said McKinney of keeping up in the competitive Northwest Oregon Conference. “We just have to.”

St. Helens 34, South Albany 31

SH 16 10 2 6 — 34

SA 9 9 4 9 — 31

SH — Maggie Cochran 12, Tierra Ramsay 10, Emily Nollette 6, Kaylee Wegner 6. Totals 13 5-18 34.

S — Elizabeth Oleman 12, Paige Diller 9, Journee Schlabach 4, Hannah Kerlegan 3, Rachel DeVyldere 2, Tabitha Trupka 1. Totals 13 5-9 31.

3-point goals — SH: 3 (Cochran 2, Ramsay). Total fouls — SH: 14; S: 15. Fouled out — Wegner.

Sandy 49, St. Helens 45

S 13 12 14 10 — 49

SH 10 6 13 16 — 45

S — Alicia Owens 16, Makenna Wells 10, Leah Barnett 8, Mattie Burns 8, Audrey Seipert 5, Makenzie Brown 2. Totals 17 8-17 49.

SH — Maggie Cochran 17, Kaylee Wegner 8, Ashley Giesbers 7, Tierra Ramsay 7, Myranda Northrup 3, Emily Nollette 3. Totals 15 12-21 45.

3-pointers — S: 7 (Owens 3, Burns 2, Barnett 2); SH: 3 (Cochran 2, Northrup). Total fouls — S: 19; SH: 16.

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