As of Tuesday, January 17, 2017
South Wasco County got off to a hot start offensively for a 19-4 lead after one quarter and rode that surge to a 41-32 win over Sherman Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball contest played in Moro.
As part of that early onslaught, Allie Noland dropped four field goals for eight points, Madisen Davis added four, Kiana Moody hit a 3-pointer, and the duo of Ana Popchock and Abby Birman hit a basket apiece to run the lead to 15 points.
“We worked a few new player combinations and the girls did a nice job of staying focused and executing on the offensive end,” said SWC head coach Lynn Cowdrey.
Out in front by 12 points entering the second quarter, the Redsides managed just nine field goals over the last three quarters, and the Huskies rallied for runs of 8-7 and 6-4 to make it a 30-18 deficit.
In the fourth quarter, Emily Hill scored five points, Jaelyn Justesen added four and both Desiree Winslow and Sammie Lepinski had a basket each to cap a 14-11 fourth-quarter run for the final margin.
“Overall, it was a strong defensive effort,” Cowdrey said. “Lindsey (Hull) played well in the post and on the boards, and Madisen, Ana and Jacqueline (Noland) all played a strong defensive game.”
Sherman went 1 for 33 from the floor in the first half, but finished with nine field goals and shot 12 of 19 from the line.
Winslow scored 10 points, Hill had nine, and Lepinski and Justesen wound up with four points each.
“We did not make shots when we had the opportunity,” said Sherman head coach Steve Bird.
SWC made 18 field goals and shot 3 of 10 from the line, as Allie Noland spearheaded the offensive charge with 17 points.
Davis tallied six points, Popchock had five and freshman guard Jenna Wraught hit two field goals for her four points.
With its three-game league win streak, No. 23-ranked South Wasco County is tied for first place with Arlington.
Jacqueline Noland said the solid start helped set the stage for a good all-around performance.
“Before the game, we went over our goals, and our determination to fulfill them showed,” the sophomore guard said. “We are getting more aggressive with our rebounds, smarter with our passes, and more focused with our shots. I know our team still has a lot to grow, but I’m beyond happy with what we have accomplished so far into the season.”
SWC (6-4 overall, 3-0 league) hosts Arlington at 5 p.m. Wednesday.