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Chemeketa falls to Lane in another close game

By Emily Sisk

They women’s basketball team came close but failed to gain a victory this past week.

Chemeketa faced off against the Lane Titans in their sixth in-conference game on Jan. 28. The scoring was tight and throughout the game, but in the end Lane prevailed 61-57.

Chemeketa’s leading scorer was freshman guard Jessica Sexson, with seven field goals and 17 total points. Sexson scored 9 of her points from three-point range.

At the half, the Storm led by three, 34-31. But with the game drawing to a close, Chemeketa was unable to hold off the Titans.

Free throws played an important role. Lane had 18 free throws, compared to the Storm’s 11. Lane’s bench also outscored Chemeketa’s, 17- 7.

The Storm’s conference season started on a high point against Mt. Hood on Jan. 14. Chemeketa out-rebounded Mt. Hood on both ends of the court and shot well from behind the arc.

The score at the half was a close 21-20 with Mt. Hood leading, but by the end the Storm earned a decisive victory, 59-46.

On Jan. 17, the Storm took the court against Umpqua. Sexson’s 6 three-pointers and 24 points led the team. But the high field goal and rebound percentage of Umpqua was too much for Chemeketa, which fell 91-65.

Similar stories were written when the Storm played Clackamas on Jan. 21 and lost 74-55, and at Southwestern Oregon on Jan. 24 where they lost 86-66.

On Jan. 28, the Storm played Portland Community College with a seemingly different attitude. They out-rebounded Portland by more than 20 percent defensively and offensively.

Although three-point shooting was down, the Storm’s bench outperformed Portland 16-5. Chemeketa was ahead 24-20 at the half.

But Portland pulled away in the fourth quarter, dashing the Storm’s hopes for a second conference win by squeaking out a 60-59 victory.

While the season has been rough to date, the team has its share of bright spots. Sexson is in 18th place among all scorers in the conference with 250 points and, most impressively, is 9th in 3-point field goals in the NWACC with 34.

Sophomore forward Jessica Mitchell also is a player to watch. Her 13 blocks ranks 15th in that category in the NWACC.

Next up, Sexson, Mitchell, and the rest of the Storm will play Mt. Hood at 5:30 on Feb. 11 at Chemeketa.

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