Damascus Christian makes it look easy
The No. 1 Eagles get out fast for a 60-31 win over No. 3 City Christian on Friday night
PORTLAND It was supposed to be a clash of two of the states best 1A basketball teams. But if you were in the back of the popcorn line Friday night, by the time you found your way to the bleachers this game was over.
The Damascus Christian girls put on a full-court press from the opening tip, creating repeated turnovers that led the No. 1-ranked Eagles to a 22-2 lead at No. 3 City Christian.
They are a much bigger team, so we forced them to match our speed and intensity, Damascus coach Dave Wakefield said. I think it surprised City a bit when we jumped on them like that.
The Lions never recovered from the early onslaught, trailing by 20 points most of the way. Damascus won the game 60-31 to take sole possession of first place in the Valley 10 standings.
Ana Wakefield led Damascus with 25 points, knocking down five 3-pointers on the night. She also scored on the opening possessions of the second, third and fourth periods. Wakefield drilled 3s to open the middle quarters, then beat two defenders with a crossover move that resulted in a layin off the glass to begin the fourth.
Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Jan. 15, print edition.
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