Cottage Grove girls drop close game to North Valley

Courtesy – Aaron Giffin Photography

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.  

Stat Leaders

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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