Pios fall to Warner Pacific despite strong first period

Pios fall to Warner Pacific despite strong first period

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers played a strong first period, but ultimately lost 78-40 to the Warner Pacific Knights at Pamplin Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Pios took the lead briefly at the end of the first quarter but steadily fell behind the Knights through the second half of the game.

Delsie Johnson led the team with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Hannah Martin and Jessica Cerne had eight each. Martin also had 10 rebounds. Peyton Romo had two steals.

The Pioneers outrebounded the Knights 38-27 and shot 63.3 percent from the free throw line.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers kept the Knights close throughout the first quarter. Shooting 31.3 percent in field goals, Romo, Martin and Cerne combined for the Pioneers' 13 points. The Pios briefly took the lead late in the first quarter, but the Knights pulled ahead by one off a 3-pointer from Celeste Pantoja with six seconds remaining.

The game remained close until 6:32 left in the second quarter when the Knights scored six consecutive points that the Pios were unable to answer. Johnson ended the run with two free throws, but the Pios found themselves in a seven-point deficit that stretched to nine by halftime. 

The Pioneers struggled with turnovers in the second half as well as making shots, scoring 16 points through both quarters.

"We have played three opponents in a row who have challenged us with their full-court pressure." Said head coach Kristina Williams. "We took a step forward today and kept the score within one after the first quarter. We will continue to keep getting better every day."

Deeper Look

  • Johnson had her second consecutive double-double
  • Coco Shafer had a season-high four points and shot perfectly from the free throw line
  • Romo started in her first game of the season
  • The Pioneers have had two consecutive games with five steals
  • Cerne is leading the team with five assists

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers take on Augsburg tomorrow at 1 p.m. to close out the holiday weekend.

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