The Gladiators are plagued by cold shooting in a humbling 51-32 loss at North Marion

AURORA - Gladstone's top-ranked girls basketball team met its match on Jan. 15, when the Gladiators got hammered by fourth-ranked North Marion 51-32.

'They came out on fire and we couldn't put the ball in the basket,' said Gladstone coach Jere Applebee. 'That set the tone for the rest of the game.'

The Gladiators fell behind 16-4 in the first quarter. They closed to within six points in the second period, but then foul trouble allowed the Huskies to rebuild their lead.

'We had three or four kids on the bench with two fouls in the second quarter,' Applebee observed.

It was only the second loss of the season for the Gladiators (10-2, 3-1), who lost at Tillamook in a nonleague game played Dec. 14.

'[The Capital Conference is] a tough league,' said Applebee. 'I think the league champion could very well have two losses, or maybe even more.'

Five conference teams were ranked in the Class 4A top 10 last week: (1) Gladstone, (4) North Marion, (6) Cascade, (8) Molalla and (10) Stayton.

With the win over the Gladiators and a victory over Estacada (60-33) on Friday, the Huskies (13-3, 5-0) remained atop the conference standings.

Gladstone (10-2, 3-1) and Cascade (13-4, 3-1) were tied for second place.

In last week's game with the Huskies, the Gladiators struggled to get the ball to drop all night long. They had one of their worst shooting nights of the year, dropping in only 12 field goals out of 44 attempts (.272).

The host Huskies went 18-for-37 - with six 3-pointers.

Senior guard Makesha Bizon headed the Husky attack, scoring 17 points - with five 3-point baskets.

Emily Tsugawa (12 points) was the only Gladstone player to reach double figures in scoring.

'They just outworked us,' said Applebee. 'They shot the ball well, they rebounded and they didn't turn the ball over.'

Applebee noted that the Huskies sport a veteran lineup, led by four seniors who have started since they were freshmen.

Glads bounce

Stayton 43-28

The Gladiators bounced back last Friday, defeating defending Class 4A state champion Stayton 43-28, and avenging a loss to the Eagles in last year's state final.

'Our goal was to keep them on the perimeter, and we did a pretty good job of doing that,' said Gladstone coach Jere Applebee.

The visiting Eagles scored only 10 field goals on the night, as they converted at a cool .250 clip from the field. The Gladiators made 14-of-36 (.388) of their shots from the floor, and they were 13-of-19 (.684) from the charity stripe.

The Gladiators put the game away early, building a 10-5 lead in the first quarter and a 23-11 advantage by halftime.

Led by Emily Tsugawa (4 steals) and Bailie Foxworthy (3 steals), the Gladiators forced 20 turnovers.

Tsugawa and Tawny Dasher paced Gladstone in scoring with nine points apiece.

Foxworthy headed the effort on the backboards with six rebounds; Tsugawa had five rebounds and three assists.

Gladstone faces another stiff challenge this Friday, when the Gladiators meet sixth-ranked Cascade on the road.

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