St. Helens has five games left and wants strong finish

It wasn't the best week for the St. Helens Lions-they took on the top two teams in the league and came home with two losses.

St. Helens travelled to second-in-league Milwaukie last Thursday, fell behind early and couldn't make enough of a dent in the margin to close the gap. They finished with a 63-47 loss.

It only got worse for the team playing at league leading Wilsonville on Friday.

'The team has gotten used to losing to Wilsonville,' St. Helens coach Jerry Allen said. 'We went over to their gym and were a little intimidated. We folded. We didn't come out to compete-you could see it in their eyes. We're way better than what we played. It's going to take a little time. Wilsonville is the No. 1 team in the conference, but they're not 40 points better than us.'

The Lions ended up on the wrong side of a lopsided 70-29 game.

'We addressed the problem in practice,' he added. 'We have five games left and we play the lower echelon teams. We believe we can compete with them.'

The Lions hosted Parkrose on Tuesday and have Liberty in St. Helens this Friday. Next week they travel to Sherwood on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 16 host Rex Putnam. They finish NWOC play at Sandy on Feb. 21.

St. Helens is currently in fifth place in the eight-team league, two games back of Liberty, and one ahead of Putnam and Sandy. They are ranked 23rd by the OSAA and could move up in the standings if they can win the majority of their remaining games. That could give them a home 'play-in' game.


Miwaulkie 63, St. Helens 47

St. Helens 6 11 18 12-47

Milwaukie 19 14 11 19-63

St. Helens (47)-Brandon Underwood 13, Bonney 12, Long 7, Galvin 5, Loeks 5, Ramiskey 4, Beisley 1, Hunter.

Milwaukie (63)-Michone Hopkins 21, Middleton 14, Hubbard 6, Morris 6, Daschel-Loyd 6, Gonzales 3, Spencer 2, Carapata 2, Sanchez 1, Wilkins.

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