Lane women 4-1 after close call versus Panthers; Titans now tied for No. 1 in South Region

Lane sophomore guard Tori Mahaffie blocks Portland Community College freshman guard Diamond Bolden in a game Jan. 18 in Eugene. The Titans beat their opponents 84-78. Photo: Eugene Johnson


Lane sophomore guard Tori Mahaffie blocks Portland Community College freshman guard Diamond Bolden in a game Jan. 18 in Eugene. The Titans beat their opponents 84-78.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Lane women’s basketball team defeated the Portland Community College Panthers 84-78 on Jan. 18 in their only game of the week.

Going into the game, the Titans were looking to extend their winning streak to three games and stay in contention for the No. 1 seed in the region, along with Umpqua and Clackamas community colleges.

The Titans’ leading scorer, freshman Shelby Snook, was one of the few players who were able to produce in the first half. Snook was able to tally nine points in the first half while shooting 3-of-5 from the field.

The Titans got off to a slow start, shooting only 30 percent from behind the arc.

For the Panthers, forward Samantha Tower was able to secure a 40-34 lead at half by hitting 7-of-9 three-pointers while accounting for 21 of her team’s points.

“They had a couple of really good players and then a couple of kids who decided tonight was gonna be their All-American night,” Titans head coach Greg Sheley said. “We didn’t do a good enough job recognizing (Tower) in the first half.”

The Titans made the proper adjustments after halftime and were able to hold the Panthers to 2-of-6 shooting in the second half.

Lane allowed only two contested threes from Towers after half, and she missed both.

The Titans were able to move the ball more fluidly, allowing them to work it inside to freshman Marikah Wright.

She produced 14 points and six rebounds in the second half to lead the comeback. She finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

As the game wound down, the Titans held a three-point lead. Freshman Jacia Jointer knocked down a three-pointer with 18.6 seconds left to seal the game.