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Central Catholic takes command in the Mount Hood

GIRLS BASKETBALL - The Rams dominate inside for a 62-33 win over Reynolds
by: David Ball, Reynolds guard Renee Tzeo tries to dribble around Central Catholic's Audrey Miller during the Rams' 62-33 win Friday night.

The Central Catholic girls basketball team staked its claim to the Mount Hood Conference title with a resounding 62-33 win at runner-up Reynolds on Friday night.

The visiting Rams broke the game open with a 17-4 run in the second period, holding the Raiders without a field goal for more than six minutes.

'We focused on keeping our intensity up the whole game,' Central guard Kate Lanz said. 'We kept an eye on their shooters, and made sure we had defenders in their face.'

The active defense seemed to bother the Raiders, who hit only 2 for 19 (.105) from 3-point range and suffered another five-minute slump to start the second half.

Meanwhile, Central Catholic built its double-digit halftime lead by pounding the ball inside where the Rams went 14-for-17 (.824) before the break.

The win all but clinches another league title for the Rams (9-0), while Reynolds (7-2) will spend the second half of the season trying to fend off Gresham (6-3) for the No. 2 seed into the playoffs.

• In other MHC action, Sandy picked up its first league win 54-48 against Centennial, putting the game out of reach when Eagles' coach Jeff Stanek was hit with a technical foul with 1:23 to play.

Gresham (6-3) moved into third place with a 42-39 win against David Douglas, clinching the victory on a pair of late 3-pointers by Lauren Hager.

Look for extended girls basketball coverage in the Saturday, Jan. 19 issue of the Outlook.