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Sherwood girls start fast in Nike Interstate Shootout tournament win over Hillsboro

DAN BROOD - Sherwood sophomore Ava Boughey (right) drives against Hillsboro sophomore McKenzie Staub during last week's game. LAKE OSWEGO — For the Sherwood High School girls basketball team, it was all about one thing.

Energy.

The Lady Bowmen say that they were lacking energy when they fell 33-18 to Marist Catholic in an opening-round game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, played Dec. 27 at Lake Oswego High School.

Well, when they got a chance to get back on the court, they wanted to make up for that.

And that's exactly what they did.

Sherwood, getting off to a fast, energetic start, was in control from start to finish as it ran to a 35-19 win over Hillsboro in a Nike Interstate Shootout consolation bracket game played last Thursday at Lake Oswego.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School junior Cali Etherington (right) goes after a loose ball during the Lady Bowmen's 35-19 win over Hillsboro during play last week at the Nike Interstate Shootout, held at Lake Oswego High School. "It was good," Sherwood junior guard Aubrie Emmons said after the victory. "Yesterday, we didn't have a lot of energy. Today, we got off to a super-fast start."

"We had a lot of energy today," Sherwood junior post Kaytlin Cooke said. "We got started on a good run. That helped."

With the loss, Hillsboro moved to 3-5 on the season to that point. The Lady Bowmen upped their overall record to 3-5, at that point, with the victory.

"This was the first game where we got things going," Emmons said. "It's a new start."

Speaking of starts, Sherwood got off to a strong start in the tournament game with Hillsboro.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood junior Aubrie Emmons (right) drives against Hillsboro's Naomi Johnson during the Bowmen's win.The Lady Bowmen, who never trailed in the contest, got a basket by senior Lauren Scarvie on a drive to the hoop to open the game. Emmons followed with a three-point play, as she was fouled on a drive to the hoop. Sherwood junior Alex Verkamp then sank a short-range bank shot, off a pass from Scarvie, to give the Lady Bowmen a 7-0 lead with 5 minutes and 36 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

Cooke added a pair of baskets later in the quarter, the first coming off a pass from Emmons, as Sherwood would take an 11-7 lead at the end of the opening period.

The Lady Bowmen defense would take over from there.

Sherwood held Hillsboro to just four points in the second quarter, coming on 1-for-9 shooting from the field. The Lady Bowmen also helped force the Spartans into nine turnovers in the period, including three steals by Verkamp.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood sophomore Julia Leitzinger (right) looks to drive to the hoop during the Lady Bowmen's game with Hillsboro.Meanwhile, Sherwood got two baskets from Scarvie, both coming on determined drives to the hoop, and a follow-up basket by junior post Cali Etherington, as the Lady Bowmen upped their lead to 17-11 at halftime.

It was more of the same in the third quarter. Hillsboro scored just four points in the period, on 1-for-8 shooting. However, Sherwood also scored just four points, coming on baskets by Scarvie and sophomore Julia Leitzinger, leaving the Lady Bowmen with a 21-15 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

But Sherwood was able to pull away in the final stanza, opening the quarter with a quick 7-0 run.

Etherington got things started with a free throw. Sophomore guard Ava Boughey followed with a short-range turnaround jumper.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood freshman Kylah Williams (10) goes up to the basket in the victory over Hillsboro.Sherwood then got free throws by Cooke and Boughey, and then a basket on a 14-foot jumper by Cooke, giving the Lady Bowmen a 28-15 lead with 5:37 remaining in the game.

Down the stretch, Sherwood added on baskets by Cooke, Emmons and Scarvie, and another free throw by Boughey, as the Lady Bowmen — again holding Hillsboro to four points in the quarter — closed out the 35-19 victory.

"That was definitely fun, with all the energy," Cooke said.

"We're trying to get the young players to step up," Emmons said. "And they're doing a good job."

Scarvie led all scorers in the contest with 10 points. She also had four steals.

Cooke had six rebounds and two steals to go with nine points. Emmons scored five points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Boughey scored four points and Verkamp had three steals.

Sherwood, as a team, made 15 of 36 shots from the field and five of 14 free-throw attempts.

Senior Katherine Salas led Hillsboro with seven points.

The Spartans, as a team, made seven of 33 shots from the field and four of seven free-throw attempts.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior Lauren Scarvie (right) drives against Hillsboro's McKenzie Staub.Sherwood, following the win over Hillsboro, picked up two more victories at the tournament. On Friday, the Lady Bowmen ran to a 46-26 win over Hermiston. Sherwood finished tourney play on Saturday with a 47-30 victory against Central Catholic, evening the Lady Bowmen's season mark at 5-5.

"We want to work on our offense and get to know each other," Emmons said of what the Lady Bowmen were looking to accomplish at the tournament.

Sherwood, which was 0-2 in Three Rivers League play, was slated to play at Canby in a league game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Lakeridge in a league game starting at 5:45 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

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