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Tsugawa fires up for 27 points

The third-ranked Gladiators improve to 5-1 with a 76-39 rout of Banks

BANKS - Gladstone junior playmaker Emily Tsugawa caught fire and lit up the scoreboard with a career-high 27 points, as Gladstone's third-ranked girls basketball team bounced Banks 76-39 in a Dec. 19 mismatch.

Scoring on the fast-break, on drives to the basket and on jumpers, Tsugawa burned the nets with 64.7 shooting accuracy.

The 5-5 point guard played a great game all-around, cashing in on 7-of-11 attempts from the field and on 4-of-4 free throws, assisting on four baskets and hauling down five rebounds.

'Emily's always been a good player,' said Gladstone coach Jere Applebee. 'It's just that now she's in the limelight. She played like a starter last year, but she came off the bench, so she didn't get a lot of notice….

'She's a very unselfish player and she's also a very intelligent player. She's good at reading situations. Normally she passes a lot and sets up her teammates for scoring. Banks left her open, so she did the scoring.'

Tsugawa wasn't the only Gladiator reaching double digits in scoring. She was joined by Lindsey Warren (13 points), Lisa Terry (11 points) and Bailie Foxworthy (11 points).

Foxworthy also came through with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.

The Gladiators forced 28 turnovers through their aggressive defensive play at both ends of the floor.

Gladstone claimed a 33-30 edge in rebounding, with Foxworthy, Tsugawa, Warren, Shanoaleigh Roseby and April Alldritt all hitting the boards hard.

The Gladiators took charge of the game in the first quarter, when they outscored their hosts 23-10.

With the win, the Gladiators upped their season record to 5-1.

They compete in a tournament at fifth-ranked Cottage Grove Friday and Saturday.

They meet Sweet Home Friday at 4 p.m. in their tournament opener. With a victory, they'll likely meet the fifth-ranked Cottage Grove Lions Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the tournament title game.