BASKETBALL - The Sandy girls get win No. 1 vs. Milwaukie
by: Darrell Jackson, Sandy's Jordan Rowe drives outside the 3-point arc during the Pioneers' 53-40 win against Hood River on Friday night.

Just when Hood River thought it may have a chance, the Sandy boys basketball team put together an eight-point spurt lifting it to a 53-40 win Friday night to start the Mount Hood Conference season.

Hood River managed its only lead of the night when Tyler Williams hit a short jumper for a 23-22 edge to start the second half.

But Sandy played from behind for only a matter of seconds, as Tommy D'Aboy took the inbounds pass, drove down the court and fired up a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net.

Sandy added five more quick points to stretch the lead to 31-23.

'Whenever they (Hood River) made a run, the kids really rallied around each other and kind of stopped any rush they could put on us,' Meyers said.

The two teams battled back and forth in the fourth, with Hood River getting as within five at 41-36. With 2:19 remaining, Paul Widmer took a pass underneath the basket from D'Aboy, sank the basket and was fouled. He added the free throw to stretch the lead to double digits.

Widmer led Sandy with 22 points, while D'Aboy added 10.

• The Sandy girls team also picked up its first win of the season, blowout out Milwaukie 61-26 in a road game Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Sandy scored the game's first 13 points and held the Mustangs scoreless through most of the first period.

'We played well, and the girls are very excited to get this monkey off their backs,' Sandy coach Renee Aschoff said. 'A win is a win and now the girls know they can win, so this was a huge victory for us.'

Sandy's Sarah Sturges led all scorers with 15 points, while teammate Angela Maynard added 10.

Look for extended basketball coverage in the Wednesday, Jan. 9, issue of The Sandy Post.

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