The Bruins put up the games first 13 points to beat Grant 42-31

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow guard Bethany Leliefeld drives around a Grant defender during Fridays nonleague win.


The Outlook

The Barlow girls basketball team steamrolled Grant in the first quarter, paving the way for a 42-31 victory Friday night.

The Bruins scored on their first three possessions, getting five looks at the hoop on one of those. It seemed the Generals were only able to grab the ball if it fell through the net.

Barlow highlighted the action when Marley Yates dived under the basket, saving the ball by flipping it behind her back out past the 3-point arc. The Bruins reset their offense, and Yates received a pass near the free-throw line before splitting a pair of defenders for a layin.

Yates finished with a team-high 17 points and 25 rebounds.

“We’re still finding out what this year’s team is going to really be about,” Barlow coach Craig Webster said. “

The Generals didn’t help their cause when they were whistled for crowding the sideline twice in the opening minutes, drawing an early technical foul.

Barlow extended to a 9-0 lead when guard Bethany Leliefeld drove the length of the court and lifted a layin over the front of the rim. The Bruins lead would grow to 13-0 before Grant finally got on the board in the final minute of the first period.

The Generals missed eight free throws in the first quarter.

Grant closed the gap to a single point by halftime, but Barlow came out of the locker room and dominated the rest of the game.

“Our half-court defense was so good, that we forced them into taking some really long 3s and were able to limit their second-and third-shot attempts,” Webster said. “They had to earn their points.”

Barlow (2-2) plays at Sunset (3-1) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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