Fourth Quarter Battle at Clackamas

Penguins Lose Close Game After Three Strong Quarters Against the Cougars

A Penguin stops to pull up for a 3-point shot against Clackamas.

The women’s basketball team played strong on the road Wednesday night, but the Clackamas Cougars’ made a final push in the fourth quarter to defeat the Penguins, 67-55.

The Penguins scored a combined 39 points in the second and third quarter, but head coach Al Aldridge said turnovers and fatigue impacted performance in the fourth.

“We defended really well for three quarters, but we got away from the game plan a little bit and let the other players have opportunities,” Aldridge said. The coach said he hoped that getting players to have “confidence to play in pressure situations” will allow them to execute in future games.

“Our minds were blocking us from working harder,” said freshman center Shantel Aleki. She also said she would like to see the team work together and show how hard they work during practice.

Clark will face the undefeated Titans of Lane Community College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and will battle against Mt. Hood on Feb. 3 for the second time this season.

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