The Lady Bowmen go all out at Nike Interstate Shootout

LAKE OSWEGO — No, it wasn’t a victory.

But the young Sherwood High School girls basketball team is hoping that it was a step in the right direction.

The Lady Bowmen, after suffering through a slow start, rallied late but came up short in a 47-37 loss to Pendleton in a Les Schwab Bracket consolation quarterfinal game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, held Friday at Lake Oswego High School.

“We’re still a work in process,” Sherwood coach Liz Barrett said after the game. “It seems like we’ve taken one step forward and two steps back, but this was a step forward. The girls didn’t give up, and that was a big step. Now, we need to take the next step.”by: DAN BROOD - IN BETWEEN -- Sherwood sophomore Abigail Muller goes up to the basket between Pendleton's Jessika McDonald (21) and Charmayne Robinson during Friday's game at the Nike Interstate Shootout.

“We kept playing,” said Sherwood senior guard Kyeli Hendryx, who scored a game-high 22 points in Friday’s contest. “We just let it slip away. But we didn’t give up. That will help our confidence. We want to keep getting better.”

With the loss, the Lady Bowmen moved to 1-6 on the season to that point. Pendleton improved to 4-6.

Sherwood took a 2-0 lead in Friday’s game after Hendryx sank a 12-foot jumper with 5 minutes and 25 seconds left in the first quarter.

But the Lady Bowmen got only three more points — two coming on free throws by Hendryx and the other on a foul shot by freshman Gabrielle Johnson — in the remainder of the first quarter, which ended with Pendleton holding a 9-5 lead.

The Buckaroos, getting three-point baskets from junior Reeghan Lehnert and sophomore Darian Lindsey, scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to up their lead to 21-5 with 5:16 left in the period.

But Sherwood came storming back. Lady Bowmen sophomore post Mallory Shields scored on a layup off a full-court pass from Hendryx to end the Pendleton scoring spree.

Hendryx then scored seven straight points — sinking four consecutive free throws and then drilling a three-pointer from the top of the circle — to cut the lead to 21-14 with 2:01 left in the half.

Hendryx got another basket in the period, coming on a layup off a pass from Shields, with 18 seconds left in the quarter, leaving Pendleton with a 23-16 advantage at the intermission.

Pendleton pulled away again to start the third quarter. The Buckaroos scored the first seven points of the period to up their lead to 30-16.

But a pair of three-pointers by Hendryx and a pair of layups by junior Emily Harris trimmed the margin to 32-26 with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

Sherwood, which got an 18-foot jumper from sophomore Jennah Stobie with 18 seconds left in the period, found itself trailing 35-28 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bowmen then opened the final stanza with a basket by sophomore Abigail Muller, on a drive to the hoop, and a short-range bank shot by junior Jaelyn Funk, coming off an assist from sophomore guard Kira Jedan, to climb within three, at 35-32, with 6:41 left in the game.

But Sherwood couldn’t get any closer. Pendleton scored six straight points to up its lead to 41-32 with 6:01 left to play.

The Lady Bowmen kept fighting, getting a basket by Funk and another three-pointer from Hendryx, but they couldn’t catch up to Pendleton, which held on for the 47-37 win.

“We’re improving,” Barrett said. “But we had too many turnovers.”

In addition to her game-high 22 points, Hendryx also had six steals, five rebounds and a pair of assists in the contest.

Funk had four points and four rebounds for the Lady Bowmen. Shields had a team-high six rebounds and Jedan had three steals and a pair of assists. Muller added three steals.

Sherwood, as a team, made 13 of 43 shots from the field.

Senior Rayne Spencer, Lindsay and Lehnert each scored 10 points to lead Pendleton.

The Lady Bowmen opened the tournament last Thursday with a 37-32 loss to Lake Oswego. Shields led Sherwood in that game with 13 points. Funk and Hendryx each scored eight.

On Saturday, Sherwood was edged 56-50 by Sunset. Sophomore Jessica Thiel topped the Lady Bowmen with 11 points in that game. Jedan had 10 points and Johnson scored seven.

The Lady Bowmen ended their tourney stay Sunday with a 52-38 loss to Salt River, Ariz. Funk had eight points in that game. Hendryx and Muller each scored six.

Sherwood will next be in action Tuesday when it opens Northwest Oregon Conference play with a 7:15 p.m. game at Rex Putnam.

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