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The Sherwood girls stay strong in setback at Jesuit

BEAVERTON — For the first three quarters they hung tough.

Real tough.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Bowmen just may have run out of steam.

But, thanks to another promising performance, they’re full of optimism and high hopes for the rest of the their schedule.

Players on the Sherwood High School girls basketball team, despite losing for the first time this season, falling 49-31 to Jesuit, had smiles on their faces following the non-league game played Friday at Jesuit High School.by: DAN BROOD - TO THE HOOP -- Sherwood High School junior Jennah Stobie (14) goes up to the basket against Jesuit's Emily Allen (22) during Friday's game. The Lady Bowmen started strong before falling 49-31.

“It’s been real good so far,” said Sherwood junior post Mallory Shields, who paced the Lady Bowmen with 11 points in Friday’s contest. “People doubted us, but we knew we could be good. We have a different mindset this year, and we’re getting better every day.”

“I really, really like this team,” first-year Sherwood coach Wes Pappas said. “They’re aggressive and they’re improving. They’ve really bought into the philosophy.”

Jesuit, a perennial Class 6A state power, improved to 4-1 on the season with the victory. Sherwood, which played Friday’s game without some injured players, moved to 3-1 with its first setback of the season.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Shields said. “We’ve pulled some close games out.”

The Lady Bowmen have done that with defense. And they were strong on the defensive end of the court early in Friday’s contest.

Sherwood kept Jesuit from scoring for more than the first three minutes of the game. Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen, getting a layup by senior Jaelyn Funk off an assist from sophomore Taylor Corno and a jumper by junior Kira Jedan, claimed a 4-0 lead with 4 minutes and 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Lady Bowmen helped force Jesuit into a 2-for-17 shooting performance from the field in the opening quarter. But, those two baskets were three-pointers by Jesuit sophomore Lexi Becker and senior Emily Allen, which helped give the Crusaders a 7-6 lead at the end of the period.

Sherwood came back strong in the second quarter. Shields scored on a drive to the basket and Funk had a layup off an assist from junior Jennah Stobie to give the Lady Bowmen a 12-11 lead with 4:04 remaining before halftime.

But Jesuit answered with back-to-back three-pointers by Becker and sophomore Kate Andersen, giving the home team a 17-12 advantage.

The Crusaders pushed their lead to 20-14, but Sherwood, getting a buzzer-beating follow-up basket by sophomore Josie Funk, trimmed the margin to 20-16 at the intermission.

Jesuit upped its lead to 28-20 midway through the third quarter. But, again, Sherwood answered back. The Bowmen got a basket on a drive to the hoop by Stobie and Shields scored five points in a span of 33 seconds to trim the margin to 30-27 with 1:40 remaining in the period.

Jesuit, getting a mid-range, last-minute jumper by Allen, took a 32-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

And that’s where the Crusaders were able to pull away, as they went on an 11-2 run to start the period.

Sherwood got a basket on a short-range jumper by Jaelyn Funk to end Jesuit’s run and cut the lead to 43-31 with 2:39 remaining, but the Lady Bowmen wouldn’t be able to score again.

“I think we just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter,” Pappas said. “But we’ll be back. I was pleased with the performance. We rebounded well. That has been an issue.”

“We were in the game until the fourth quarter,” Shields said. “I thought we played pretty well. Coming into Jesuit isn’t easy. All of those championship banners can be a little intimidating.”

Shields had a strong overall performance for the Lady Bowmen in the contest with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

“She was great in the middle,” Pappas said of Shields. “She played her heart out.”

Jaelyn Funk added 10 points for the Lady Bowmen. Jedan and Stobie each had four.

Andersen led all scorers with 15 points. Becker added 11 points for the Crusaders.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face Century in a first-round game of the Century/Hillsboro Christmas Tournament. That contest will start at 3 p.m. at Century High.

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