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Lady Bowmen turn things around


Sherwood avenges loss with a 50-42 win over Putnam

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls basketball team still had bad memories of their first meeting of the season with Rex Putnam.

In the teams’ first meeting, a Northwest Oregon Conference opener played Jan. 8 at Rex Putnam High School, the Kingsmen got a 58-56 victory thanks to a last-second, game-winning basket.

The Lady Bowmen were determined not to have to endure a similar fate in the rematch.

And, thanks to a strong effort, especially when it came to defense and rebounding, they didn’t have to.by: DAN BROOD - DOUBLE DOUBLE -- Sherwood High School sophomore post Mallory Shields scored 14 points and she pulled down 11 rebounds for the Lady Bowmen in their 50-42 win over Rex Putnam on Tuesday.

Sherwood, leading from start to finish, fought off every Putnam rally attempt and then pulled away to score a 50-42 victory over the Kingsmen in a NWOC game played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

“It’s exciting,” said Sherwood junior post Jaelyn Funk, who led the Lady Bowmen with 17 points in the victory. “We played a good game, and I’m happy with it. We know we’ve improved since the beginning of the season.”

“It felt better than the last time we played them,” said Sherwood sophomore post Mallory Shields, who had a double-double in the victory with 14 points and 11 rebounds. “The last time we played them, they controlled the game. This time, we controlled it. They beat us on a buzzer-beater before. We didn’t want that to happen again.”

Putnam dropped to 2-5 in league play and to 4-12 on the season with the setback. The Lady Bowmen improved to 4-3 in NWOC games, putting them in a tie with Parkrose for third place in the league standings, while they also upped their season mark to 5-11.

Tuesday’s game also marked Sherwood’s fourth victory in its past five games.

“We’ve been waiting for this,” Sherwood coach Liz Barrett said. “We’re playing better basketball and we’re making progress, but we still need some more growth.”

“We’re playing better as a team,” Shields said. “And once we started winning, we got more confident.”

Tuesday’s victory should add to that confidence.

Sherwood senior guard Kyeli Hendryx and Funk had back-to-back baskets to start the game, giving the Lady Bowmen a quick 4-0 lead. And they’d keep the lead the rest of the game.

Funk scored five more points in the opening quarter, which ended with Sherwood holding a 13-6 lead.

Sherwood upped the margin to 18-10 when Hendryx converted a three-point play with 5:32 left in the second quarter.

But the Kingsmen came battling back. Putnam junior guard Kelsea Baton scored the final four points of the period to trim Sherwood’s lead to 26-24 at halftime.

The Lady Bowmen regained momentum at the start of the third quarter. Sherwood sophomore Jessica Thiel sank an 18-foot jumper and Hendryx followed with a three-pointer to up the lead to 31-24 with 6:10 left in the period.

Later in the third, Sherwood went on an 8-0 run that included two free throws and a layup by Shields and two layups by Funk, giving the Lady Bowmen a 39-27 cushion with 2:59 left in the quarter.

But, again, Putnam came battling back. The Kingsmen scored the final nine points of the period to cut the Sherwood lead to 39-36 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bowmen were still holding a three-point lead early in the final stanza when they pulled away again. A bank shot by Shields, a follow-up hoop by Funk and a free throw by Hendryx gave Sherwood a 46-38 advantage with 3:52 left in the game.

Shields and sophomore guard Kira Jedan each went 2-for-2 from the free throw line later in the period to up the margin to 50-40 with 1:47 left to play.

A late Putnam basket made the final score 50-42.

“Any win is a good win,” Barrett said. “They played hard and we responded. I thought we controlled momentum and answered their runs.”

“We played hard and really worked as a team,” Funk said.

Funk shot at an 8-for-13 clip from the field on her way to scoring 17 points. She also had five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Shields had four steals and three blocked shots to go with her 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hendryx had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jedan added four points. Junior Emily Harris had two points and a handful of clutch defensive plays, helping the Lady Bowmen force Putnam into 28 turnovers.

Baton led all scorers with 18 points. Junior Ali Schooley added 12 points for Putnam.

Prior to Tuesday’s win, Sherwood posted a 62-55 win over Wilsonville in a league game played Friday at Wilsonville High School.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they host second-place Liberty in a league contest set to start at 7:15 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to St. Helens for a 7:15 p.m. league tilt.