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Clackamas girls beat Putnam 89-48

Buhler scores a season-high 24 points as the Cavaliers up their record to 12-3

MILWAUKIE - Clackamas' fourth-ranked girls basketball team was impressive last Friday, as the Cavaliers ran their season record to 12-3 (3-1 in league) with an 89-48 shellacking of Putnam.

It was the highest scoring game of the year for the Cavaliers, and it came against an improved Putnam squad whose 15 earlier opponents had averaged just under 57 points.

The Cavaliers used their greater quickness and athleticism to put the game away early. They led 22-11 at the end of the first quarter and 44-24 at halftime.

'We got out-hustled all night,' said Putnam coach Mike Pomerenke.

Clackamas 6-1 senior post Becky Buhler (24 points), Cameryn Calhoun (16 points) and Alisa Griggs (13 points) headed an effort that saw 11 Clackamas players contribute points to the winning tally.

It was a season high for Buhler, who had been averaging 11.7 points. She and Calhoun both hit a pair of 3-pointers.

The Cavaliers had a tougher time of it on Jan. 15 in a 39-34 nonleague win at Sprague.

Clackamas trailed 19-16 at halftime and the score was tied at 27-27 heading into the final period.

Buhler and Griggs scored 10 points apiece to head up the offense in that game.

The Cavaliers close out the first half of league play playing West Linn on the road on Friday and hosting Lakeridge next Tuesday.

The Cavaliers have outscored 15 opponents by an average tally of 62-44 heading into this Friday's game. Their previous high before last Friday's game at Putnam came in a 76-30 win over Milwaukie on Jan. 11.

Clackamas has only lost twice to in-state teams this year, to Jefferson (55-52) in a Dec. 8 game at Jefferson, and to Oregon City (59-57) in a Jan. 8 game at Clackamas.

Clackamas is tied with Lake Oswego (7-8, 3-1) and West Linn (11-5, 3-1) in second place in league - behind Oregon City (12-2, 4-0) - heading into this Friday's game at West Linn.

Lake Oswego has yet to play Oregon City. The Lakers and Lions go head-to-head at Lake Oswego next Tuesday.