The Sandy girls grab an early lead before falling 43-35 to Sherwood

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandy point guard Brooke McAllester gets the offense under way during last weeks home loss to Sherwood. The Lady Pioneers put themselves in a position to knock off Sherwood with a strong defensive showing, but their offense didn’t cooperate. Sherwood never allowed Sandy to find its shooting touch and outlasted the Pioneers for a 43-35 win on Friday.

The Pioneers had a handle on their offensive game early on as five different players scored in the first six minutes. Freshman Leah Barnett capped that stretch with a 3-pointer that put Sandy ahead 11-9.

Sherwood went back on top at the end of the first quarter, but Sandy tied it with a layup from Raquel Pellecer on the first possession of the second. The game then slipped away from the Pioneers.

In the next five minutes, three different Sherwood guards knocked down 3-pointers and the Lady Bowmen went on a 14-2 scoring run. Sandy never got closer than six points down again.

The treys helped the quick surge, but Sherwood set itself up for the run on the defensive end of the floor. The Bowmen flew to the ball where ever it traveled and the Pioneers could not get a clean look at the hoop. Sandy couldn’t make a thing during the run and its only points in that five-minute stretch came from the free-throw line.

Sandy’s shooting woes didn’t improve much after halftime. The Pioneers’ defense stepped up and shut out Sherwood for the first six minutes of the second half, but Sandy only managed five points of its own. They seemed to finally snag some momentum with four minutes to go in the third period when they grabbed five offensive rebounds on one play, setting up a hoop for Pellecer. That cut the Sherwood lead down to eight points, but Sandy still could not get into a groove shooting the ball.

The Pioneer defense gave the offense one more chance by holding Sherwood to one point in the first 4:30 of the fourth quarter. Again, Sandy only came up with five points in that stretch.

Pellecer was the leader of Sandy’s struggling offense as she tossed in 12 points. Molly Nutt pitched in eight points, and Barnett had six.

The game was indicative of how things have gone for the Pioneers so far this season. They have generally been solid defensively while lacking consistency on the offensive end. This was Sandy’s eighth straight game holding its opponent to 43 points or less, but the Pioneers are just 4-4 in that span.

The Pioneers take a break from Northwest Oregon Conference play as they travel to Corbett on Thursday night.

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