After scoring six points in the third quarter and seeing a 14-point halftime lead drop down to one, the Sherman Huskies worked a 22-16 output in the final eight minutes of play to drop New Hope Christian 63-56 in first-day action at the Compass Trail Tournament Friday in Klamath Falls.
“I think in the third quarter we were so flat, that there was some frustration from the players. I told them to have some fun and they responded,” said Sherman coach Steve Kaseberg. “They came out with a whole new energy level in the fourth quarter and it gave us our second wind. We handled the pressure really well. There was no panic and we came together, regrouped and finished the game well.”
The Huskies led 14-10 through one quarter, and they added a 21-11 rally in the second to increase the lead to 35-21 at the half.
New Hope Christian inched closer in the third frame with a 19-6 spurt to close the gap to 41-40 with one period left to play.
In that game-changing final frame, the Huskies had five different players hit baskets, as starting point guard Andie Harrison controlled the pace with the right passes at the right time.
Katie Poirier led all scorers with 16 points, 10 in the second half.
Meagan McKinney added 14 points, Janet Guzman tacked on 10 points, and Brittney Orendorf stroked her way to seven points.
In all, the Huskies sank 26 field goals, two from long distance and hit 9 of 19 from the free throw line.
Sherman (4-3 overall) played Saturday in the tournament championship game.
Once winter break is completed, the Huskies travel to Maupin to play South Wasco County at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.