Barlow relies on defense to get past rivals
The Bruins finish 6-6 in leagu and will host a play-in qualifier game
Points werent easy to come by in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, but Barlow found them when needed most to survive 27-22 in its girls basketball season-finale at Gresham.
The teams combined to score just nine points down the stretch, putting a premium on each ball that found its way through the net.
The Bruins moved in front to stay 23-21 with about five minutes left when Taylor Rispler snagged an offensive board on the left side and went straight to the basket.
Gresham missed a series of 3-pointers that would have given it the lead in the closing minutes.
Barlow gave itself some breathing room when Karissa DeLaunay spotted Brooke Trammell wide open under the basket for an easy two that put the Bruins up 25-22 as the clock rolled to under a minute.
The Bruins put the game out of reach on its next trip downcourt when DeLaunay was fouled and sank the first of two free throws to make it a two-possession game.
Barlow finished league at 6-6 and will host a play-in qualifier game either Friday or Saturday. Gresham ended the league season at 1-11 and will be on the road for the play-in round.
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