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Glad gals get it done at Madras


Webster leads the charge in wins over the White Buffaloes and Molalla

Gladstone High School coeds last week upped their stock in Class 4A girls basketball, winning at 15th-ranked Madras 51-41 on Friday, after dispatching with Molalla 63-26 earlier in the week.

With the pair of wins, the 12th-ranked Gladiators improved to 3-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference (10-5 overall).

They were to conclude the first half of the league season on Tuesday (Jan. 19), playing North Marion (9-9, 2-2) on the road. They have a rematch with the league-leading La Salle Falcons (14-3, 4-0) next Tuesday at Gladstone.

“We played [La Salle] great last time at their place, except we had too many turnovers,” said Gladstone coach Pat Scott. “We’ve been working on cutting down our turnovers.... I’m looking forward to a great second-half game with them.”

The Gladiators were all business in Friday’s game at Madras. They built a 19-5 lead in the first quarter and expanded the lead to 22 points by late in the third quarter. Madras cut the lead to eight points in the final period, but the White Buffaloes couldn’t get any closer.

“We shared the ball, had very few turnovers and we made some stops,” Scott said of the Gladiators’ play in the first quarter.

Molly Webster, Melisa Campos and Mikaela Simac all hit 3-pointers during the first-quarter run.

Webster, Simac and Nichole Petersen scored from 3-point land in the second stanza to keep the Gladiators in the driver’s seat.

The Gladiators then pulled the ball out and played patiently in their half-court offense the rest of the way.

Even with the six 3-point baskets, the Gladiators were a hot-handed 18-of-36 from the field.

Webster (16 points on 6-for-11 shooting) was the only Gladstone player in double figures in scoring.

Madras star point guard Mariah Stacona kept the Gladiators from turning the game into a blowout, hitting four 3-pointers and tallying a game-high 26 points.

Webster was at the top of her game on Jan. 22, as the sophomore guard shot the lights out in the 63-26 shellacking of Molalla.

Webster scored 20 points, dished out four assists and hauled down six rebounds. She was a sizzling 9-of-13 from the field, with two 3-point baskets.

Webster got plenty of help from her teammates, as 11 of them contributed points to the winning tally.

Sophomore Alicia Feb was a workhorse on the inside, hauling down 11 rebounds, five of them offensive.

Led by Jessica Petersen (5 steals), Fiona Burrell (3 steals) and Alisa Bradshaw (3 steals), the Gladiators forced over 30 turnovers, and they scored a number of baskets on the fast break.