There were too many questions and not enough answers for the Mt. Hood Community College women’s basketball team on Wednesday night, as the Saints fell to Portland CC 74-63.

Mt. Hood started hot and made a series of 3-pointers in the first five minutes to jump out to a 13-6 lead. That was summit of the Saints’ roller coaster ride, and it was mostly valleys after that.

The seven-point Mt. Hood lead disappeared in the blink of an eye when Portland went on an 18-3 run to go up 24-16. The most disappointing aspect of the run for Mt. Hood was how easy the run came for the Panthers. If they weren’t driving through the open lane for layups, they were popping wide-open 3s.

Portland didn’t have to do much on defense, either.

Mt. Hood could have stopped the run at any point, but missed several short jumpers and uncontested layups at its end.

“Right now, we are really struggling to play consistent basketball,” Mt. Hood coach Jocelyn McIntire said. “We’re not doing the little things and we’re not being consistent in any way, shape or form. It’s frustrating to watch.”

by: THE POST: PARKER LEE - Mt. Hoods Leslie Capps looks for an open passing lane during Wednesdays loss to Portland CC.

The Saints did chip away at the deficit and pulled to within one by halftime. They even took a two-point lead six minutes into the second half when guard Leslie Capps, who finished with 13 points, connected on a finger roll at the front of the rim.

Mt. Hood then ran into foul trouble.

With more than 13 minutes left, Portland was in the bonus and that changed the complexion of the game.

Mt. Hood didn’t have to alter its game plan to keep individual players out of foul trouble, but the way both teams played shifted. Portland became more aggressive and Mt. Hood became more cautious. The Saints’ two-point lead obtained before falling into the penalty evaporated and they were outscored by 13 points the rest of the way.

“We gave them a lot of easy shots. If we had executed on defense, they wouldn’t have won that game,” Capps said. “It wasn’t what they were doing. It was what we weren’t doing, honestly.”

In defeat, forward Hannah Mocaby led Mt. Hood with 14 points. The loss was the Saints’ eighth straight.

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