Girls basketball: Huskies play ‘great game’ in close loss to Newport, fall to No. 5 Philomath

The Sweet Home girls basketball team was unable to find the win column in its first full week of league play, losing at home 48-42 to Newport on Jan. 24 and on the road 58-16 at Philomath on Jan. 27.

The Huskies (4-12) and the Cubs (9-7) were tied at 21 at halftime, but Newport stretched its lead to five by the end of the third quarter and held on to get the victory.

“We played a great game,” said Sweet Home Head Coach Michelle Knight. “We still had too many turnovers, but over all we played four great quarters of basketball. Everybody played as a team and worked to their strengths. We had been talking a lot about what our strengths are individually and how we can bring those into our team. And I felt like it came together really well on Tuesday.”

Sweet Home turned the ball over 31 times while forcing 25. The Huskies shot 35.4% from the field, while the Cubs shot 38.5%.

Senior Brooke Burke scored 23 points on 8-27 shooting from the field, going 4-9 from three-point range. She also pulled down a team-leading 11 rebounds. Freshman Aubrey Newberry scored nine points on 4-10 shooting, and junior Madison Duncan had four points on 2-2 shooting.

Knight said the game against Philomath (10-5) was “not as great” as the Newport game for the Huskies. “We just really struggled from the get-go,” she said. “We didn’t get very many shots off and had lots of turnovers. It was just one of those games where we couldn’t really get going, and never really did get going.”

The coach said “Philomath is still really strong, but they’re not the powerhouse that they were last year. But I think when you are traditionally really strong, you have that intimidation factor.”

Statistics from the game were not available before press time.

This week the Huskies play at North Marion (4-13) at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. They then host Stayton (9-7) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.

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