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Cavaliers bury Olympians 74-29

Sprague proves no match for fourth-ranked Clackamas

CLACKAMAS - Ranked fourth in the state in girls basketball, the Clackamas Cavaliers lived up to their billing on Dec. 18, as they hammered Sprague 74-29.

The Cavaliers rallied around their patented full-court press to break things open early. Creating havoc with aggressive defensive play, they forced numerous turnovers, as they rolled to a 25-9 advantage in the first period and a 45-16 advantage by halftime.

'We shot the ball really well, and we had contributions from just about everybody,' said Clackamas coach John Schlaefli. 'The girls are playing with a lot of confidence.

'They're playing some really unselfish basketball on offense, and they're playing great defense. I'm especially pleased that we've been able to reduce our turnovers.'

Schlaefli said his Cavaliers committed just 12 turnovers, while forcing 28.

Brittney Yates (14 points) and Becky Buhler (14 points) led five Clackamas players who scored 9 or more points.

Other top scorers included Alisa Griggs (12 points), Jen Reece (11 points) and Natalie Myers (9 points).

With the win, Clackamas improved its season record to 5-1.

The Cavaliers will be tested Dec. 27-29, when they compete in the purple bracket of the prestigious NIKE Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz. They open play Thursday against Desert Vista, which is ranked among the top teams in Arizona.