Husky girls lose close game to Newport to end regular basketball season

Hoping to establish momentum going into the league playoffs, Sweet Home played toe to toe with Newport until the fourth quarter, losing 46-39 at home last Friday.

Both teams squared off in the playoffs the following Tuesday at Newport. The Cubs defeated the Huskies in all three league contests.

After trailing 8-1, Jenny Hamn, one of two seniors playing in their last home game, led the Huskies back to even the score at the end of the first quarter, 10-10, with Hamn scoring eight of those 10.

In the second quarter, Emili Riggs came off the bench to spark Sweet Home with seven points. With less than a minute to go, Paige Niemi, the other Husky senior, gave Sweet Home its only lead at 20-19 before a late Newport basket reestablished the Cubs on top going into halftime.

The third quarter was a defensive battle with the two seniors, Hamn and Niemi, scoring the six Husky points to trail by three at the end of that period.

Hamn rested on the bench for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter while the Cubs pushed the margin to six. Upon reentry into the game, Hamn scored immediately but appeared to twist her ankle slightly. While she sat an additional two minutes, Newport scored six unanswered points which nearly put the game out of reach.

Still the Huskies battled back to within four following Hamn’s three point basket. However, forced to foul, Sweet Home watched the Cubs’ high scorer, Laura Luther, sink a number of free throws, giving her 19 points on the night. Newport finished with a meaningless half court 3 pointer by Amanda Craycraft, who added 13 points for Newport.

“We played well,” said coach John Barnes, who was pleased with the larger crowd and their support. “We just had one bad quarter. We’ll have to handle Newport’s pressure a little bit. We got a little stagnant in the second half.”

Barnes also praised the team for their rebounding.

“We rebounded a lot better,” noted Barnes. “They were strong rebounds and we were very active on the offensive boards.”

Hamn finished her league season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Riggs also topped double figures in points with 10. Niemi had 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Annie Whitfield contributed 5 rebounds, 4 off the offensive glass.

Niemi was pleased with the Husky team play and shot selection.

“We were passing better, looking for good shots, and not just throwing the ball up,”

Niemi stated. “We just have to play four quarters against them in the playoffs.”

SH 10 10 6 13 €” 39

Newport 10 11 8 17 €” 46

Sweet Home: Hamn 17, Riggs 10, Niemi 5, Cole 3, Rubidoux 2, Whitfield 2

Newport: Luther 19, Craycraft 13, Johnson 8, Moore 2, Losier 2, Hogan 2