Storm go 1-2 in the last three games
By Simson Garcia
Although it’s been a tough season with quite a bit of downs for the Storm, the last couple weeks have shown quite a few ups.
Wednesday night’s women’s basketball proved many bright spots for the Storm.
The first time the Storm and the Cougars matched up was on January 21st , with the Storm losing by 19.
But a different team showed up in a rematch as the Storm got their revenge in Clackamas, 72-61.
In the first game the Storm were outrebounded and out shot.
The roles were reversed this time around as the Storm improved on their shooting, putting it up to 44% and also outrebounded the Cougars by 14.
One glaring bright spot in the win was Brooklyn Coe, who had a season high of 25 points off the bench. Her production especially led a spark of other contribution from the bench.
In all, the team had 39 bench points.
Chemeketa fared better this time around with defense, hustle plays and managed to scrape out a great win.
It was a great bounce back win especially after a blowout loss to Umpqua who is at the top in the Northwest Athletic Conference. But since the beginning of February the Storm has shown many positive signs for the final stretch of the season.
Later in the week on Saturday, the Southwestern Lakers came into town.
The Storm looked to avenge another loss in a rematch by countering their bad play in the first match up back on January 24.
One of the ways was by trying to stop the Lakers’ inside play.
With a huge focus on their center Aminata Cole. Cole is fifth in the conference in scoring, third in rebounding and first in blocks.
“Going in we knew we had to stop 45 (Cole), box her out and try and contain her,” Guard/Forward Jessica Darras said.
On offense, they looked to take better care of the ball. “More assists, less turnovers” said point guard Jessica Sexson.
Cole who was dominant in their first meeting, and was great once again having a stat line of 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks in this game.
The Storm looked to match Cole and the Lakers better than they did in the first game and through most of the game were able to remain within a few baskets. Around the halfway point in the first half, they even had the lead at 13-12.
They would fall behind the rest of the game but would continue to claw back. At half they remained within reach with the score 27-20.
The Storm started the second half strong by getting a hard drive to the basket by Darras and an offensive rebound and putback by forward Katie Varney to cut it closer 27-24.
But a 14-0 run by the Lakers to go up 41-23 wouldn’t make things easier.
During that series, turnovers were the key result in the Laker’s run.
As a result, the backcourt of Jazmin Bembry and Shaunike Lee of the Lakers capitalized off the Storm’s poor play on steals, both tacking up 3.
The Storm continued to fight back however, cutting the score back to single digits at 43-37 halfway through the second half.
They would get help from Mitchell and Darras who both made a difference in the paint. Mitchell had 14 points to go along with 7 rebounds while Darras had 13 and 10.
Cutting the lead to 6, however, would be the closest the Storm would get as they could not find a way to stop Cole inside and the rest of the Lakers offensive firepower.
It seemed everywhere the Storm went; the Lakers knew how to weather it.
Free-throws in the end would drain the game for the Storm, as they could only foul to save more time.
The Lakers struggled at the free throw line, but were able to garner 12 more attempts than the Storm, resulting in easier baskets.
It was a tough game as the Storm got blocked in their tracks by Cole and the rest of the Lakers, 61-52 the final score.
On Wednesday the 25th, the Storm took on the Portland Panthers.
Turnovers were the Storm’s poison as they coughed up the ball 26 times, resulting into an extra 22 points for the Panthers.
The Storm played well defensively and rebounded well, out rebounding the Panthers by 23, but the turnovers were too much to overcome.
Jessica Mitchell and Jessica Darras were the leading contributors for the Storm with Mitchell scoring 18 and Darras chipping in with 12.
The final score was 78-60 in favor of the Panthers.
The Storm will wrap up their season on February 28th.