By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore.– Emma Planter happened Saturday afternoon in the Northwest Conference opener between Clackamas Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Six first quarter three-pointers got the Cougars going offensively by Planter, and after battling some deficiencies and adversity, Clackamas defeated the Lakers 71-59 to open NWAC.
“It’s huge, it was big,” said Cougar Head Coach Jim Martineau. “If she doesn’t hit those shots, we’re down. We aren’t playing well; the only reason why we had a lead was because of one person playing out of her mind.
“Defensively, second half we were playing much better. We started talking, rebounding really well and got easy buckets all over the place. I’m really happy with the second half.”
By the 5:34 mark of the first quarter of the NWAC Opener, Southwestern Oregon had a 6-2 lead on the home Clackamas Community College team.
That was before Planter made herself known with six first quarter three-pointers.
Her first two gave the Cougs a 8-6 lead by the 4:31 marker and her other four play in part of a 31-8 run that had Clackamas CC up 33-14 half a minute into the second quarter.
“It got us going,” said Planter on the accomplishment. “But my teammates were finding me so that helped a lot.”
But, the Lakers would finish the first half with a 12-2 run to cut into the Lady Cougar lead thanks to taking advantage of the lax in the Clackamas defense.
It was 35-26 at halftime.
Southwestern Oregon continued to go toe-to-toe with Clackamas Community College in the third quarter, cutting the lead to single digits on several occasions in the frame, but a Jo Paine ‘And 1’ helped push the lead back to double-figures entering the fourth quarter.
“When they rallied back we needed a timeout and bring us all together (to) get our defense going, more talking, (we) started to talk more and got it all working again,” described Planter on getting back on track.
Paine added another ‘And 1’ with Planter hitting her seventh three-pointer to push the lead to 57-40 and then to 20 as Planter hit two more three’s to help guide the Cougars to win number one in the NWAC season.
As for Planter, she finished with nine three-pointers in the contest and led all scorers at 27 points with teammate Paine behind her with 19 points and 19 rebounds.
“I didn’t even know that,” said Planter with a laugh about her three’s. “That’s amazing I’m happy (that) I got good passes and easy shots.”
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