Basketball: Wilsonville gets a 68-61 win in the Northwest Oregon Conference clash
by: DAN BROOD, TRAPPED — Sherwood junior post Lauren Codling is trapped between Wilsonville’s Katy Britsch (left) and Ashley Walters as she goes up for a shot.

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School girls basketball team looked pretty darn impressive in the first half of its game with rival Wilsonville.

But, unfortunately for the Lady Bowmen, they weren't able to sustain the same level of play in the second half. And seemingly, when playing against a talented team like Wilsonville, a full strong four quarters of play is needed.

Wilsonville, leading 35-34 at the half, pulled away from Sherwood and then held off a late Lady Bowmen rally to score a 68-61 win in the league game between Northwest Oregon Conference favorites played Tuesday at Sherwood.

'I think we were a lot less focused in the second half,' said Sherwood junior post Lauren Codling, who scored 22 points in the contest. 'We came out ready to go at the start of the game. We should have been ready to go to start the second half.'

Wilsonville, with the win, improved to 2-0 in NWOC play while moving to 10-2 on the season. Sherwood saw its league record evened at 1-1 while also moving to 10-2 for the season.

'It was as good game,' Sherwood coach Liz Barrett said. 'Wilsonville played a very good game. They had a good game plan and played a great halfcourt offense. We usually pride ourselves on our defense and tonight we didn't play well on defense.'

The Lady Bowmen, however, came out strong on offense. After trailing 11-7 midway through the first quarter, Sherwood went on an 8-0 run to claim a 15-11 lead with 1 minute and 46 seconds left to play in the first quarter. Codling scored on a pair of drives during the run. Senior Melany Boulton added a three-point basket and senior Megan Van Noy had a free throw to complete the scoring spree.

Codling had nine points in the quarter, which ended with Sherwood holding a 19-17 lead.

Wilsonville, behind the play of sophomore post Megan Arnoldy, came on strong in the second quarter. The Wildcats went up 33-29 with 2:19 to play in the period. The Lady Bowmen answered with back-to-back baskets by Van Noy and a free throw by Codling to cut the Wilsonville lead to 35-34 at halftime.

Wilsonville, which shot at a 15-for-24 clip from the field in the first half, continued its hot shooting in the third quarter. The Wildcats were good on nine of their 15 shots from the field in the period while the Lady Bowmen made just two of their 14 shots.

That helped the Wildcats push their lead to 53-44 going into the fourth quarter.

Wildcat senior guard Melinda Ingalls sank a free throw to start the final stanza, giving Wilsonville a double-digit lead at 54-44. Sherwood answered back right away, getting a three-pointer by Boulton and a layup by Codling, both off assists from senior point guard Alex Francis, trimming the margin to 54-49 with 6:53 to play in the game.

But, shortly after, Ingalls scored consecutive baskets to give Wilsonville its biggest lead of the contest, at 62-51, with 4:19 to play.

Sherwood tried to rally one more time. Francis scored a pair of baskets and senior post Brooke Davis made a free throw to make the score 62-56 with 3:07 left to play. The Lady Bowmen had a chance to get closer, but they misfired on shots on their next three possessions.

Sherwood did get within four points of Wilsonville, at 65-61, when Van Noy scored on a jump shot with 41 seconds to play. But the Wildcats got a layup by Arnoldy and a free throw by senior Katy Britsch to close out its 68-61 win.

'We need to pick up our defense the next time we play them,' Boulton said. 'But this was fun. The crowd was great and everyone loves a rivalry game.'

In addition to her game-high 22 points, Codling also had 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for Sherwood. Davis added 13 points for the Lady Bowmen. Francis had four steals to go with nine points and Van Noy also had nine points. Boulton scored eight points while also having four assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Sherwood, as a team, made 22 of 60 shots from the field and 15 of 22 foul shots. Wilsonville shot at a 30-for-51 clip from the field.

Arnoldy led the Wildcats with 20 points and Ingalls scored 18.

Sherwood will next be in action Friday when it hosts St. Helens in a league game starting at 7:15 p.m. On Tuesday, the Lady Bowmen will host Century at 5:45 p.m.

Sherwood will get another shot at Wilsonville on Jan. 29 when the teams will have a rematch at Wilsonville.

'We can beat them,' Boulton said.

'That's a team we really want to beat,' Codling added.

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