by: TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Jesuit sophomore Kate Anderson floats toward the basket during Friday's game against Sherwood.

BEAVERTON — Determination.

Plain and simple. That’s what it was.

Going into the fourth quarter of a hard-fought contest with Sherwood, the Jesuit High School girls’ basketball team was determined not to lose.

And, thanks to a stifling full-court press and a quick-striking transition offensive attack, the Crusaders didn’t.

Not even close.

Jesuit, pulling away in impressive style in the final stanza, ran to a 49-31 win over the Lady Bowmen in a non-league game played Friday at Jesuit High School.

“We just really wanted to win,” said Jesuit sophomore guard Kate Andersen, who scored eight of her game-high 15 points in the final period. “We worked hard in the fourth quarter. It was was mostly defense. And everyone on the team picked each other up.”

“This was a big win. They’re all big wins,” said Jesuit senior wing Emily Allen, whose rebounding and defense helped spark the Crusaders’ fourth-quarter run. “Our defense is really important. It’s a big aspect for us.”

With the loss, its first of the season, Sherwood moved to 3-1. With the victory, its fourth straight, Jesuit upped its season record to 4-1.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Allen said of Jesuit’s early-season play.

“It’s been good,” Andersen said. “We’ve got some good players, and we’ve been working well together.”

Jesuit, in Friday’s game, opened a 28-20 lead on a pair of free throws by senior post Lauren Glick coming with 4 minutes and 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter. But Sherwood trimmed the Crusader lead to 32-27 at the end of the period.

But Jesuit, and Andersen, wasted no time taking over in the fourth quarter.

Andersen scored on a drive to the basket to open the period. Soon after, she came up with a steal and layup to up the margin to 36-27 with 6:31 remaining in the game.

On Jesuit’s next possession, Andersen put in a follow-up shot to push the lead to 38-27 with 5:40 left to play.

The Crusaders kept rolling from there.

Sophomore post Alzena Henry converted a three-point play, and Andersen had another steal and layup to give Jesuit a 43-29 advantage with 3:17 left to play.

by: TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Jesuit sophomore Alzena Henry goes up to the basket against Sherwood junior Mallory Sheilds.

Sherwood got a basket on a short-range jumper by senior post Jaelyn Funk to end Jesuit’s 11-2 run and cut the lead to 43-31 with 2:39 remaining, but the Lady Bowmen wouldn’t be able to score again against Jesuit’s pressure defense.

The Crusaders got a layup by sophomore Lexi Becker, a follow-up bucket by junior Keara Vu and a basket on a drive to the hoop by sophomore Ellie Sears to cap off their 49-31 victory.

“This win was pretty big,” Andersen said. “This was just as big as all of our wins. It was a lot of fun.”

“We kept the pace up and worked our transition offense,” Allen said.

In the decisive fourth quarter, Jesuit limited Sherwood to just four points on 1-for-7 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders shot at an 8-for-13 clip for the period while outrebounding the Lady Bowmen by a 10-3 margin and forcing them into five turnovers.

“We played good defense,” Andersen said. “We’ve really been stressing defense in practice.”

Jesuit had trouble finding its shooting touch early in the contest, as it trailed Sherwood 4-0 more than three minutes into the contest.

However, Jesuit got three-pointers from both Becker, and Allen late in the first quarter to claim a 7-6 lead at the end of the opening period.

Andersen scored five points in the second quarter, sinking a three-pointer in the process, and Becker hit another shot from beyond the arc to help the Crusaders claim a 20-16 halftime lead.

In addition to Andersen’s game-high 15 points, Jesuit also got 11 points from Becker and Henry had seven points to go with five rebounds. Allen scored five points and Vu had four.

Jesuit, as a team, made 20 of 56 shots from the field in the victory. The Crusaders shot at a 13-for-27 clip in the second half.

Junior post Mallory Shields led Sherwood with 11 points and Funk added 10. The Lady Bowmen made 12 of 34 shots from the field.

Now, the Crusaders are hoping their four-game winning streak is a sign of good things to come this season.

“I think we can go far,” Allen said. “There’s still stuff we need to work on, but I think we can go far.”

“I think we’ll do well,” Andersen said. “We just need to keep the tempo up.”

The Crusaders will be back in action Friday when they face South Salem at 8 p.m. in a Swoosh Bracket first-round game at the Nike Interstate Shootout.

The tournament, being held at Lake Oswego High School, runs through Monday.

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