FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Junior Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) scored 20 of her game-high 29 points in the second half as the Evergreen Geoducks won their fourth in a row, defeating the Pacific Boxers, 69-66, in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Tuesday night at the Stoller Center in Forest Grove, Ore.
The Geoducks (4-2) took the lead just 19 seconds into the game as Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) hit a jumper as Evergreen scored the first eight points of the game. Pacific (1-1) battled back to tie the game at 16-16 with 11:16 left to go in the opening period. The teams continued to battle as Clark scored the final points of the half to pull the Geoducks within one at 32-31 heading into the break.
The Gray show started 20 seconds into the second half as she hit a jumper to put Evergreen back up by one. Pacific didn’t back down as the teams continued to battle back and forth. After Alex Pfefferle hit a three pointer to give the Boxers a one-point lead with 2:05 left, Gray gave the Geoducks back the lead with 1:50 to go and the Geoducks never looked back, earning the 69-66 win.
Evergreen was led by 29 points from Gray, who also added 16 rebounds in the win to earn the double-double. Clark added 20 points in the win while Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) nearly earned the double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Pacific was led by 11 points from Pfeffrle. Abby Jones and Jonica Durbin each added 10 points in the loss. The Boxers shot 45.0% from the field, making 27-of-60 attempts.
Evergreen takes a long break before opening up Cascade Conference play on Dec. 6 at home against Eastern Oregon. Tip with the Mountaineers is set for 5:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.