They'll be out for revenge when they host defending state champion Stayton on Friday
GLADSTONE - Gladstone's top-ranked girls basketball team put another game in the win column on Friday, as they out-classed Estacada 70-27.
The Gladiators (9-1, 2-0) forced 34 turnovers with their aggressive defensive play, and they took control in the second period, when they outscored the visiting Rangers 21-5.
'We did what we needed to do to defend our home floor,' said Gladstone coach Jere Applebee. 'We pushed the ball and challenged Estacada's ball-handling skills.'
The Rangers turned the ball over 25 times in the first half.
Applebee put 11 players on the floor and they all saw a substantial amount of playing time.
'All 11 kids had a rebound, eight of them had steals and seven of them had assists,' said Applebee. 'We had contributions from a lot of people.'
Senior wing Tawny Dasher (14 points) headed the Gladiator offense, as 10 different Gladiators found the basket.
Dasher and junior wing Lindsey Warren were the defensive leaders, each with six steals.
Warren sparked the offense with a team-high four assists.
The Gladiators face a key test this Friday, when they entertain Stayton, the team they lost to 44-24 in last year's Class 4A state final. The ninth-ranked Eagles (10-5) have graduated the Capital Conference's dominant post, but they return several skilled players.
'They lost size and they lost scoring from last year, but they're really aggressive,' said Applebee.
The Gladiators play eighth-ranked Cascade (12-3, 2-0) a week from Friday.
Gladstone's unheralded boys basketball team took care of business with Estacada last Friday, bouncing the Rangers 61-43.
The Gladiators put the game away in the second period, when they out-scored the Rangers 16-5. Gladstone stretched its lead to 19 points early in the third period.
'This is a team that beat [Capital Conference power] Cascade the other night, so it was a big win for us,' said Gladstone coach Ted Yates.
Defensive pressure and sharp outside shooting were keys for the Gladiators.
They forced 22 turnovers and they converted with 6-for-10 success from 3-point range.
Taylor Taft (12 points, 3 assists) headed a balanced Gladiator offense that saw five players score eight or more points.
Jake Chappell (8 points) and Willy Yates (8 points) both hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Andy Applebee (5 steals), Yates (4 steals) and Bubba Armstrong (3 steals) led the defensive onslaught.
No one from Estacada reached double figures in scoring.
Willy Yates played a pivotal role, holding Estacada 6-4 post Houston Webb to just six points. Webb scored 20 points in the Rangers' upset of Cascade.
Armstrong corralled a team-high nine rebounds.
With the win, the Gladiators improved to 1-1 in league and 8-6 overall.