Defense and patience are the keys in wins over Junction City and Astoria

Gladstone High School coeds put two more games in the win column last week, defeating Junction City 40-14 and Astoria 49-34, and upping their preseason record to 9-5.

The Jan. 14 win over Junction City was the Tigers’ lowest scoring game in 12 games this season.

“We played phenomenal defense all around,” said Gladstone coach Pat Scott. “[Junction City] only scored seven field goals.”

Junction City trailed 22-6 at halftime and 33-9 heading into the fourth quarter, when Scott turned the play over to reserves.

Scott singled out Mikaela Simac for her defensive play on 5-9 guard Jamilla Gambee, Junction City’s top offensive player.

Gambee finished with five points and scored just one field goal while Simac was defending her.

Molly Webster headed Gladstone’s offense, scoring 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting — with one 3-point basket. Webster did all of her scoring in the first three periods.

Alicia Feb (8 rebounds) and Kendall Schumaker (7 rebounds) were tough on the glass, as the Gladiators dominated the backboards.

Simac had a team-leading three assists; Jessica Coiteux came through with a team-high three steals.

The Gladiators broke the game with Astoria open in the second half, when they outscored the visiting Fishermen 33-19.

“We talked at halftime of being more patient, and the girls did a good job of doing that,” Scott said.

Webster tallied a game-high 17 points. Feb (11 points) also reached double digits in scoring.

Melissa Campos sparked the Gladiator offense with four assists.

Gladstone was to begin Tri-Valley Conference league play on Tuesday (Jan. 21), hosting La Salle (11-1), which was ranked second in the state in last week’s Class 4A coaches poll.

“The key will be not letting their [defensive pressure] get to us,” said Scott. “Turning it into a half-court game.”

Gladstone hosts Estacada (4-8) this Friday.

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