Lady Viks surge past Parkrose, pacific women split in florida

Lady Viks surge past Parkrose

Led by a perfect shooting night from Abby Jensen, the Forest Grove girls basketball team notched a 67-60, come-from-behind victory over Parkrose last Monday, improving the Lady Vikings' non-league record to 5-2 so far this year.

Jensen scored 21 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, and the junior also pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory.

Taylor Lira scored 11 points for Forest Grove and Hannah Swanson added 10. Jessica Ortmann had a solid all-around game with six points, four rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals.

Parkrose led by seven points at halftime, but succumbed to the Lady Viks' pressure in the second half. Forest Grove went on a 14-4 run in the third quarter to take the lead, and the Viks led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter before settling for the 67-60 victory.

'In the first half (Parkrose) hit the offensive boards hard. They sent all five girls and they beat us on the boards, plus we had some costly turnovers,' said Forest Grove coach Dan Lumpkin. 'We fixed that in the second half. It was just those couple things that hurt us, but once we were able to get past that we played really well.'

pacific women split in florida

For the second straight game, the Pacific women's basketball team was slow getting started. This time, a 16-point first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

The Boxers fell 66-55 to Lakeland College at the Daytona Beach Shootout to complete a 1-1 road trip to the east coast. Two days earlier, Pacific beat Hamline University 53-39 at the Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla.

Against Hamline, senior Brittney Anderson scored a season-high 16 points and junior Paige Jensen recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. With the win, the Boxers improved to 7-1 on the season, the team's best start since 1990.

Pacific dominated inside, outscoring the Pipers 34-8 in the paint with a 22-4 edge in second chance points. Anderson was 8-for-16 from the field and also cleared a season-high nine rebounds. Jensen added five steals to complement her season-high rebounding effort.

Things did not go quite as well against Lakeland. Jensen buried a three-pointer to open the game on the way to a 17-point, 14-rebound performance, but that would be the only lead of the game for the Boxers, who quickly found themselves down by double-digits as the shots refused to fall.

Lakeland sprinted past Pacific with a 10-0 run and never looked back, racing to a 27-11 first-half lead as Pacific connected on just 9 of 33 shots in the first 20 minutes (27 percent).

Heather Hitch had another impressive game coming off the bench for Pacific, earning all-tournament honors after scoring 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting.

After a nine-day break for the holidays, Pacific returns to its home floor to take on La Sierra University at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30.

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