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Gladstone's JV girls basketball teams combine for a 36-2 record

GLADSTONE - Anyone thinking about writing the Gladstone Gladiators off in girls basketball because they failed to advance outside of league play in 2007-08 had better think again.

While the Gladiator varsity fell short of expectations, Gladstone's JV and JV-II teams had tremendous success.

The Gladiator jayvee went 19-2 and Gladstone's jayvee-II team was a perfect 17-0.

While the jayvee-II team went unbeaten against Capital Conference opponents, the JV team went 10-2 in conference, splitting with Cascade and North Marion.

'The first time we played Cascade, we had a few girls out,' said JV coach Molly Wilson. 'The second time we played them we beat them by 17…

'The second time we played North Marion, they beat us by three. We'd been beating everyone by such a wide margin by that point, that I think the girls got a little complacent.'

The jayvees out-scored their 21 opponents by an average tally of 45-27.

Among the teams the jayvees defeated in nonleague games were Yamhill-Carlton, Astoria, Scappoose, Elmira, Tillamook, Sweet Home, Banks and Cottage Grove.

'The girls played hard and they played together,' said Wilson. 'They put a lot of [defensive] pressure on the other team, got out in transition, and finished.'

Wilson said the team also developed an inside game as the season progressed, with freshman floor leader Kate Santos feeding the ball in to 6-1 junior post Krystal Alldritt and 6-0 sophomore post April Alldritt.

Santos (5-5 point guard), April Alldritt, Mikaela O'Brien (5-10 freshman wing/post) and Stephanie Guenther (5-9 junior wing) were starters, along with freshmen Bree Williams (5-3) and Kellie Skofstad (5-7), who split time at a wing position.

Also seeing action for the jayvee were freshmen Regan Cronin (5-8 wing) and Alexa Chappell (5-8 wing); sophomores Molly Wentz (5-6 wing), Tristin Browning (5-6 wing), Kelley VanHook (5-8 post) and Haley Berrington (5-8 post); and junior Brittney Ratcliff (5-4 point guard).

The jayvee-II team out-scored opponents by an average of 50-33.

They had two close games with Molalla, winning 50-44 and 34-32. But they won the rest of their games handily. They earned nonleague wins over Elmira, Banks, Jefferson and Regis.

Seeing action for the jayvee-II squad were: freshmen Williams, Cronin, Chappell, Kelly Crane (5-2 point guard), Jessica Vogel (5-6 wing), Kori Hodge (5-6 wing), Danielle Galvin (5-7 wing) and Mesja Nova (5-6 wing); sophomores VanHook, Berrington, Wentz, Browning and Carlee Bliss (5-9 post); and junior Ratcliff.

The jayvee-II team was coached by Angela Zielinski.