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Glad girls drop a nailbiter at Cascade
Stevens rains on the Gladiators' parade with six 3-pointers
TURNER - Ranked fourth in the state, Gladstone's girls basketball team on Friday suffered another tough loss, losing a 65-63 nailbiter at eighth-ranked Cascade.
It was the second loss in three league games for the Gladiators, who fell to then-fourth-ranked North Marion on Jan. 15.
'We've got to play well every night, but we're still in it,' said Gladstone coach Jere Applebee. 'I really do think the league champion will have two losses. One thing's certain. Whoever advances from this league to postseason will be battle-tested. It's a battle every night in this league.'
The Capital Conference had four teams ranked among the top eight teams in the state in last week's Class 4A coaches poll. North Marion, Gladstone, Molalla and Cascade were ranked first, fourth, fifth and eighth respectively.
North Marion (14-3, 5-0) entered play this week atop the league standings. Cascade (14-4, 4-1) was second; Gladstone (10-3, 3-2) and Molalla (12-4, 3-2) were tied for third.
Last Friday's game at Cascade went down to the wire. Cascade junior guard Tarran Stevens drained a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to gain the Cougars their 65-63 winning edge.
Gladstone sophomore wing Bailie Foxworthy missed a tough 25-footer at the buzzer, and the Cougars celebrated the victory.
The game was one with big changes of momentum. Gladstone trailed 12-0 at the start, but the Gladiators battled back to a 34-30 advantage by halftime.
Cascade rallied around Stevens' sharp shooting to move back on top 54-48 by the end of the third period. Stevens had a game-high 24 points, cashing in six times from beyond the arc. The 5-7 junior hit four 3-pointers and tallied 16 points in the third period, when the Cougars outscored their guests 24-14.
'We weren't expecting Stevens to go off the way she did,' said Applebee. 'They've got big post players, and they were our focus. That had to be a season high [for Stevens]. She's not usually much of a factor.'
Jessica Rouse (12 points), a 6-0 post, and 5-11 post Alicia Tuttle (12 points) joined Stevens in double figures in scoring.
Emily Tsugawa paced the Gladiators in scoring with 18 points. Foxworthy (13 points) and Lisa Terry (9 points) both hit three 3-pointers in the losing effort.
Tsugawa was 7-of-11 from the field; Foxworthy was 4-of-7. Foxworthy also had six assists and seven rebounds.
Shanoaleigh Roseby had seven rebounds and Mikaela O'Brien nabbed five rebounds off the bench, as the Glads battled to a 28-25 edge on the backboards.
Gladstone was scheduled to host La Salle (2-3, 7-11) on Tuesday (Jan. 29) in the final game of the first round of league play. The Gladiators meet Molalla on the road on Friday.