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Girls basketball: Wilsonville's comeback bid falls short to close Gresham tournament


Wildcats pull even but struggle down stretch of loss to Barlow

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Wilsonville point guard Jocelyn Welberg dribbles out of a crowd during the fifth-place game against Barlow at the Gresham tournament Dec. 28.In its first two tightly contested games of the year, the Wilsonville girls basketball team found a way to come out on top.

In its last two, things haven’t worked out so well.

The Wildcats erased a fourth-quarter deficit only to fall short in the closing moments of their final game at the Gresham Holiday Tournament, losing 43-38 to Gresham-Barlow on Dec. 28 at Gresham High School.

Wilsonville (3-5) began tournament play Dec. 26 with a 70-41 loss at the hands of Central Point-Crater, but it responded the following day by scoring a season high in a 60-37 rout of Salem-Sprague.

That victory set up the Wildcats’ meeting with Barlow (7-3), which lost to Milwaukie and defeated Hood River Valley in its first two games at the tournament.

Trailing 38-30 at the end of the fourth quarter, Wilsonville scored eight points in a row to tie the game with about three minutes remaining. But the Bruins recovered to finish the game on a 5-0 run.

The Wildcats are now 2-2 in games decided by six points or fewer. They defeated Portland-Jefferson by four Dec. 6 and topped South Albany by five on the road Dec. 13, but they dropped a 39-33 decision against Silverton at home Dec. 17 and succumbed to Barlow in their final game of the calendar year.

Wilsonville is slated to wrap up its preseason at home against The Dalles (5-1) at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7. League play begins Jan. 14 at home against Milwaukie.