Someone puts a lid on Putnam's basket and the Kingsmen bow to Lake Oswego, 55-37

MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen entered last Friday's game with Lake Oswego convinced that they could earn their first victory over the Lakers in girls basketball in more than 20 years.

They played good enough defense to win, forcing 37 turnovers.

But they were more like masons than basketball players at the offensive end of the floor, throwing up brick after brick in a 55-37 losing effort.

'It was definitely our worst shooting night of the year,' said Putnam coach Mike Pomerenke. 'I don't know why we shot so poorly. Maybe it was just talking about the game too much and building it up. We just could not make a basket.'

The Kingsmen fired off 61 shots - 18 more than their guests. But only 15 shots passed through the basket, as they converted at an ice-cold .245 clip from the field on the night.

Things weren't much better at the charity stripe, where they made only 5-of-12 (.416) attempts. The Kingsmen were 3-of-10 from the line in the first half, when they were still very much in the game.

Lake Oswego, on contrast, was 15-of-19 (.789) from the line and 18-of-43 (.418) from the field.

'We missed a lot of easy shots we normally make,' said Putnam senior co-captain Sami Parr.

Pomerenke gave the Lakers credit for some of his Kingsmen's offensive woes: 'They're a good defensive team. They play very physical.'

The Kingsmen caused the Lakers headaches with their tenacious full-court press, especially in the first half.

The Lakers turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter and 12 times in the second period.

But the game was more than three minutes old before Putnam offensive star Miranda Martine finally got the ball to drop at Putnam's end. And by that time the Kingsmen trailed 9-1.

Putnam trailed 20-10 at the end of the first period, when the Kingsmen found the mark on only 4-of-14 of their shots from the floor.

The 'brick-laying' continued in the second period, when the Kingsmen went 6-for-21.

Still, thanks to their aggressive defensive play, they trailed by just seven points, 30-23, at halftime.

But the Kingsmen went scoreless for the first three minutes of the third period. And by that time the Lakers had taken control, building a 38-23 lead on 4-for-4 free throw shooting by Shannon Reader, and baskets by Becky Luetjen and Kate Childs.

The Kingsmen had problems slowing the inside game of Reader all night, and the 6-3 senior post finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds on the night.

Miranda Martine (12 points) and Sami Parr (11 points) paced the Kingsmen in scoring. But they scored a combined total of just six points after the halftime break.

'We lost our intensity toward the end, and they took advantage,' said Parr.

Parr (6 steals), Abby Lelinski (5 steals) and Martine (4 steals) headed up the Kingsmen effort on defense.

Martine also collected a team-high seven rebounds.

Despite the loss, Parr said she is encouraged about the Kingsmen's prospects.

'I think this year is going to be the best year Putnam's had since I've been here,' Parr said. 'We've got a good bond. We all play well together.'

Putnam (7-5, 1-1) returns home this Friday, when the Kingsmen entertain fourth-ranked Clackamas (8-3, 1-1).

Kanalz lights it up,

but Kingsmen prevail

MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen countered Milwaukie's sharp shooting from downtown with aggressive defense and their transition game en route to a 62-42 win over the Mustangs on Jan. 8.

Let by sophomore forward Lindsay Kanalz, the Mustangs hit ten 3-point baskets, and it kept them in the game until well into the second half.

Kanalz hit six 3-pointers and had a game-high 29 points on the night.

But the Kingsmen depth paid dividends, as they turned a plethora of Mustang turnovers into fast-break buckets at the other end of the floor.

Led by Miranda Martine (5 steals) and Sami Parr (6 steals), the Kingsmen had 16 steals in the game.

Marine also had six assists, with most of them coming on passes to Sami Parr that Parr turned into fast-break lay-ups.

'We had 21 assists on 25 baskets,' said Putnam coach Mike Pomerenke. 'We were getting up and down the floor.'

Parr (16 points, 4 assists) led 12 Putnam players who put points on the scoreboard.

Putnam freshman wing Jamie Galbreath was tough on the backboards, corralling seven rebounds.

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