BASKETBALL - Reynolds girls blow past Centennial 51-33
by: David Ball, Barlow's Allison Syring drives to the basket for two points during the Bruins' 33-30 win against Sandy on Friday night.

The Barlow girls basketball team used a second-half comeback Friday night to surprise Sandy 33-30 and remain unbeaten in Mount Hood Conference action.

The teams spent most of the fourth quarter deadlocked at 26-26 before Barlow's Brooke Beattie swished a free throw to put the Bruins in front to stay with 1:46 remaining.

Barlow increased the pressure when Jordin Ketelson beat her Sandy defender for a layin and a 32-29 lead with 41 seconds left. The Barlow freshman added a blocked shot on Sandy's next possession, and the Bruins sealed the victory when Beattie connected on another free throw to make it a two-possession game with 30 seconds left.

Trailing 21-12 at the break, the Bruins gradually cut into the margin by holding Sandy scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half. After playing zone for most of the first half, Barlow went to a man-to-man defense late in the game.

'That gave us a more aggressive attitude,' Bruins' coach Ryan Alexander said. 'We were able to stay on their shooters and contain them.'

Ketelsen paced the Bruins with 11 points, while Brenna Hoffman had a team-best eight for the Pioneers.

In other MHC girls action, Reynolds broke out to a 24-point halftime lead and relied on its bench to hold off Centennial 51-33 in the second half.

In nonleague boys action, Barlow picked up its first win of the year 73-49 against Milwaukie and Tigard toppled David Douglas 42-39 in a defensive showdown. Gresham overcame a three-point halftime deficit to beat Newberg 57-46.

In small-school action, Portland Lutheran advanced to the title game in the boys and girls brackets at the East Linn tournament. The Blue Jay boys beat Columbia Christian 56-46, while the girls got 40 points from guard Cheryl Burris in a 62-44 win against Columbia.

Look for expanded basketball coverage in the Saturday, Dec. 9, issue of the Gresham Outlook.

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