The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, February 19, 1997, Page 7, Image 7

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    The Clackamas Print ^7
Wednesday, February 19,1997 /
Cougars roar past opponents,
face Saints in key game tonight
John Thorbum
and, right after that, all of the other to get out there,” added Twain. “I
Assistant Sports Editor
players got into the game more think we just need to relax and
The Clackamas women’s bas­ and stepped it up. She came back have some fun.”
“Overall, I think we did okay,”
ketball team is in top form after in the second [half] and ended up
winning its third straight game and getting a ton of rebounds for us.” added Twain. “It took us awhile
Assistant Coach Trev Kiser to shake them and put them away,
is staking a claim at second place
added, “Anytime that you have a but I think we did real well.”
with the Chemeketa Chiefs.
On Wednesday, the Cougars
The Cougars capped off an starter that goes down, it’s pretty
faced Portland Community Col­
excellent week of basketball by scary.”
claiming a commanding 63-45 vic­
Clackamas out rebounded lege in what could have been an
tory over the Linn-Benton Road­ the Roadrunners 58-26 for the ugly contest, but the coaches felt
the players would use the game
The Cougars seemed to have as a time to fine tune the team and
The game started out a see­
saw battle between the two teams everything clicking in the second get the players that have not had
as the Cougars held a 24-22 ad­ half as freshman point guard much playing time to shine.
“Our intent wasn’t to go out
vantage at halftime. The game was Lauren Mohan controlled the of­
and win by 50 or 60 points,” said
far from being boring, however, as fense.
“Lauren controlled the ball Kiser. “We tried a lot of different
strong hustle by sophomore Clair
Cox allowed her to break free to real well for us,” said Twain. “She combinations, some new plays
didn’t turn the and things. Our intent was to
score 20 points
ball over as prove a point to the girls that there
and pull down
much as she are things that we still need to
16 rebounds.
has, and she work on. I think we proved that
really tapped point real well.”
Head Coach Karen Twain
into every­
added 10 points
thing that was praised 6’1” freshman Randi Buth
and 13 re­
on. for her strong play against the
She’s still get­ Panthers.
“I thought Randi Buth did a
The Cou­
some sick­ nice job against PCC,” said Twain.
gars faced a
ness, but I “She started that game and prob­
frightful play as
think she’s ably had the best defensive inten­
leading scorer
feeling better sity of anybody out there.”
The team seems to be in top
now so that
Hollenbeck fell
form lately. The defense is play­
helps her.”
to the floor in
At times, ing strong and provides the extra
tears after being
team spark that jump-starts the offense
seemed to be that is so characteristic of Coach
digging their Twain’s coaching style.
“We’re playing real well right
own grave by
missing easy now,” said Twain. “Everybody is
Hollenbeck im-
shots and lay­ coming back from either injuries
ups but then or sickness. With the exception of
clutched her
Photo by John Thorbum
would come Melissa, everybody is relatively
ankle in pain and Sophomore Clair Cox soars
up with in- healthy. Things could be pretty
was helped to
above the Roadrunners for
credible interesting in the next couple of
the sidelines.
two of her 20 points Saturday.
weeks as we get closer to the play­
“We’re still struggling when offs. Right now we have to focus
Hollenbeck returned to the lineup
in the second half and made a we get down,” said Twain. “We • on these next few games. Mt.
make all the hard ones and miss the Hood is a very big game for us.”
strong impact.
The Cougars’ next action is
“That play was a big momen­ easy ones. It gets frustrating, but
tum shift,” said Head Coach we’re doing some things in prac­ tonight against the Mt. Hood
Saints in Randall Gym. Tip-off is
Karen Twain. “Melissa basically tice that should take care of that.”
“The girls are just so excited set for 6 p.m.
sacrificed her body for the team
Photo by John Thorburn
Lauren Mohan looks in top form as she controls the
Clackamas offense against Linn-Benton. Mohan missed
almost all of the first half of the season due to illness.
Mt. Hood
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
NWAACC Champion-
ships at Skagit Valley
Mt. Hood
8 p.m.
8 p.m.
Linn-Benton 8 p.m.
NWAACC Champion-
ships Lynnwood, WA
2/28-3/1 NJCAA National Championships in Bismark, N.D., all day
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