Jan 2, 2019
The Portland girls finished up their pre-Christmas schedule on Dec. 21 by defeating East Robertson 41-28. The win snapped the Lady Panthers six-game losing streak and gave the Purple momentum heading into the second half of the season.
“Winning is nice whether it’s by 2 or 20 or 40 points,” said Portland coach Scott Steinbrecher. “We had lost six straight, so this is a reward for the hard work the girls have done in practice.”
The Lady Panthers raced out to a 7-0 lead on a pair of Daley McCloud baskets and a Rachel Westveer 3-pointer. Two straight baskets by the Lady Indians including a shot from the 3-point stripe, cut the difference by two, 9-5.
MacKenzie Hodges closed out the first period increased Portland’s advantage to four, 9-5.
A pair of Haley Dickens foul shots pushed the margin to six, 11-5 before firing in a 3-pointer. Portland would close out the half with an 11-0 run as Dickens and Westveer each dropped in a 3-point basket and Westveer would wrap up the scoring with two at the charity stripe to hold a 22-8 edge at halftime.
The Purple kept a comfortable advantage in the third quarter as Dickens scored five, Hodges nailed a 3-point attempt and Westveer recorded a jumper for a 32-14 margin.
Portland extended their margin to 17, 38-21 as Sami Parker scored on a free throw and an inside basket.
East Robertson mounted a rally in the final eight minutes of action and cut the lead to 12, 38-26 with 2:32 remaining.
But Rayleigh Hester scored inside and Hodges nailed a foul shot after a Lady Indian bucket to create the final margin of victory.
“I am really happy for the girls,” Steinbrecher said. “The kids did a great job tonight. Sami was sick tonight and didn’t play a lot and we had some younger kids like Rachel, Rayleigh and Madison Linville to step in. Rachel had been plugged in as a starter at the beginning of the season before getting injured. This was her first meaningful game. It is a good experience for the younger players.”
Dickens led the Portland effort with 13 points including a trio of 3-pointers with Westveer scoring ten Hodges adding six. Parker and McCloud each had five and Rayleigh Hester rounded out the offense with two.
Portland made 13 field goals and were nine of 17 at the foul line.