SISTERS — There is a motto at Sisters, as Jacobie Petterson will tell you, that the Outlaws follow.
“We win or we lose from the free-throw line,” Petterson said. “That’s my mentality as I step up there. That’s between me and the basket. And those are the ones that we can make.”
With her team clinging to a one-point lead Thursday night with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Petterson hit a pair of free throws that all but sealed Sisters’ 36-35 girls basketball win over Creswell at the Sisters Holiday Tournament.
“She’s my most consistent player,” Outlaws coach Julianne Horner said of Petterson. “She’s my clutch player. She’s the one that’s the great leader on the floor. And they look to her. She takes that responsibility very seriously. … She’s definitely the one they all go to.”
Petterson finished the night with a game-high 15 points for Sisters (3-4), while Savannah Spear added 11 points. The two seniors combined to score all nine of the Outlaws’ points in the fourth quarter, during which Spear added two assists, two steals and a step-back 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes left in the game to give Class 4A Sisters the lead for good at 34-31 before dealing 3A Creswell its first loss of the season.
“You have to let them be players,” Horner said, referring to the game-clinching, long-range shot by Spear. “I tell them, ‘That’s your job. Don’t be selfish, but if you know that it’s there, I want you to take it.’ ”
Cierra Mann chipped in with 10 rebounds for Sisters to go along with six points, two of which salvaged what could have been a disastrous second quarter. Mann gathered an offensive rebound and drilled a buzzer-beating jumper — the Outlaws’ lone field goal and just the third point of the period. But that shot made it only a one-point game heading into the third quarter.
“I think we certainly felt like we were in it and we could do it,” Petterson said. “But when she got that (basket), that was a great boost into halftime.”
Creswell (6-1) was led by Breanna Bronson’s 11 points and 10 rebounds. Madisen Eusted added 10 points, six boards and three assists, and Mckenzi Seele contributed eight points and four rebounds.
Petterson hit a tough lay-in and followed it up with a 3-pointer from the right wing to put Sisters up 21-19 midway through the third quarter. Early in the fourth, Spear logged a steal and a breakaway score to increase the advantage to 31-25.
Creswell fought back with a quick 6-0 run to even things up, but Spear’s fall-away 3-pointer broke the tie. Petterson’s clutch free throws then sealed the victory.
“Every game, we’re getting better,” said Horner, whose team takes on either Banks or La Grande today at 7 p.m. “I’m hoping that this game will catapult us into playing the style that we have been accustomed to when we were playing in Seaside (two weeks ago). We get nervous on our own floor. I’m hoping this will shake it off and help us come back strong.”
“It’s very big knowing that we can push through, even when it’s not going great for us,” Petterson added. “We can keep going no matter what.”
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