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Kingsmen breeze by North Salem

Miranda Martine leads the way

MILWAUKIE - Putnam's girls basketball team handled North Salem with relative ease, hammering the Vikings 66-43 last week.

The win came despite foul trouble that had three Putnam players - Miranda Martine, Sarah Wilson and Holly Kennedy - saddled with four fouls at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Kingsmen outscored their guests in every quarter and were up 31-20 at halftime.

'We've still got a long ways to go, but compared to last year, we're much stronger,' said Putnam coach Mike Pomerenke. 'The girls are a lot more confident. They step on the floor now and they feel like they can win a ball game.'

Martine headed the effort against North Salem, contributing a game-high 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Wilson was tough under the basket, with 10 rebounds and four putbacks for baskets.

Sami Parr fired the offense with eight points and four assists.

Pomerenke singled out freshman wing Amanda Brand and junior Emily Kirk for their efforts off the bench.

Kirk and Brand scored 8 and 6 points respectively.

With the win, the Kingsmen improved to 4-3 on the season. They travel to Summit High School this Thursday for a 3-day tournament.