On Tuesday, Dec. 7 the Lady Lions basketball team was able to rally for a comeback win on the road against Pleasant Hill 40-28. The next game would see Cottage Grove’s comeback bid fall just short against North Valley losing 42-40.
The game was tightly contested the entire way and neither team held more than a 9-point lead at any given point.
North Valley came out quickly against the Lions with a 6-0 lead in the first minutes of the game. Cottage Grove’s Teanna Child and Adrianna Glenn both hit threes in the first quarter as the Knights led 12-6. The Lions then went on a scoring run in the second quarter with Gracie Arnold, Emma Hitt and Jerzie Epperson leading the charge.
Epperson’s three made right before halftime capped off an 11-2 Lions scoring run to bring the game back within two points 22-20 and North Valley holding a small lead.
Each team only scored six points in the third quarter, setting the stage for a battle down the stretch.
North Valley would start the first five minutes of the final quarter on a 14-3 run seemingly in control of the game leading 42-32 with three minutes left.
Hitt and Jaylee Lima made two threes to make the Knights lead only two at 42-40.
The Lions had two opportunities to score a tying basket in the final seconds but were unable to convert anything as North Valley etched out a hard-fought game 42-40.
Cottage Grove will look to regroup this week as they travel to Seaside for a tournament on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18.
Gracie Arnold 9 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals
Teanna Child 9 points
Emma Hitt 7 points
Logan Zolezzi 3 points, 4 rebounds
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