Glad girls excel down the stretch
GLADSTONE - Last week's Capital Conference girls basketball opener between Gladstone and Molalla was a real character builder for the Gladiators.
The second-ranked Gladiators defeated the third-ranked Indians 56-44. But the Indians made a game of it, rallying from a 17-point deficit to knot the score at 41-41 late in the third period.
After dominating the play in the first half, the Gladiators hit a slump in the third period, and the third-ranked Indians came roaring back.
Playing an aggressive, take-no-hostages style of defense, the Gladiators rolled to a 37-20 lead by late in the second period.
But the Indians upped their own defensive intensity after the halftime break.
The Gladiators missed nine of their first 10 shots from the field to start the second half. And they turned the ball over on five of their first 15 possessions of the third period.
Molalla junior guard Steffey Hannah followed up a miss with a put-back late in the third quarter to make it a 41-41 deadlock, tying the score for the first time since the opening minute of play.
Gladstone coach Jere Applebee called a timeout to settle things down.
The Gladiators regained their composure. Tsugawa hit a 3-pointer to make it 44-41 Gladstone, and the Gladiators were back on track.
The Indians missed on their first eight shots in the final period.
Gladstone senior wing Lisa Terry made two nifty passes to junior wing Lindsey Warren for close-in baskets that made it 52-41 Gladstone with 5:10 to play.
The Gladiators turned to a successful delay offense the rest of the way.
'[Gladstone coach Jere Applebee] said going in we had better depth than they did,' said Terry. 'We just kept rotating bodies in and [Molalla] got tired in the fourth quarter.'
Warren was huge for the Gladiators throughout the game, but especially in the final period, when she hit her two lay-ups and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
'Lindsey played a great game for us,' said Applebee. 'When we talked to the kids before the game, we told them we thought the difference in the game might be the bench. And that's the way it turned out. Lindsey was a key. She came off the bench and scored 14 points. She made some key baskets and free throws down the stretch.'
Warren was 5-of-6 from the field for the game.
Tsugawa's poised play down the stretch was also pivotal. When the Gladiators were in a panic mode, turning the ball over and throwing up bricks, she settled them down.
Tsugawa scored a game-high 17 points on the night.
Gladstone 5-9 post Shanoaleigh was tough on the backboards, hauling down eight rebounds.
'This puts us one step closer to our goal of defending our league title,' said Terry. 'We want to get back to Gil [Coliseum] and get that state championship. But first we want to get that league championship, and it's a tough league. We want to defend our home floor and steal a few on the road.'
Capital Conference teams Gladstone, Molalla, Cascade, North Marion and Stayton are all ranked among the top 10 Class 4A teams in the state.
'The three [Capital Conference] teams that make state should do well in postseason, because they'll be battle tested,' said Applebee. 'It's going to be a war every night in league.'
With last Friday's win, the Gladiators improved their season record to 8-1. Molalla slipped to 9-3 with the loss.
Gladstone returns home this Friday, when the Gladiators entertain Estacada (5-4). They meet eighth-ranked North Marion (9-3) on the road next Tuesday.
Glad girls win
at Cottage Grove
COTTAGE GROVE - The second-ranked Gladiators captured the first-place trophy from a four-team girls basketball tournament held here Dec. 28-29.
The Gladiators had hoped for a game with fifth-ranked Cottage Grove in the final, but it never came to be.
Cottage Grove got upset by unheralded Douglas in the first round.
'Cottage Grove's post had a horrendous night,' said Gladstone coach Jere Applebee. 'She was 0-for-16 from the field. She was missing 3-foot shots all night.'
After upending Sweet Home 81-39 in their tournament opener, the Gladiators took care of business in the final, defeating Douglas 59-46.
'We got in foul trouble and that made the [Douglas] game a lot closer than it should have been,' said Applebee.
Despite the foul trouble, the Gladiators led by as many as 20 points late in the third period.
Lisa Terry headed a balanced offense, with 14 points and six assists.
Emily Tsugawa was in form, contributing 12 points, seven steals, five assists and five rebounds.
Shanoaleigh Roseby (10 points) was 5-of-8 from the field.
Terry (16 points) led four Gladstone players who reached double figures in scoring in the rout of Sweet Home.
The Gladiators owned the backboards, as they earned a 40-20 advantage in rebounding. Roseby and Bailie Foxworthy had five rebounds apiece. They led 12 different Gladstone players who claimed at least one rebound.