The 5-9 junior leader leads the way in a 54-34 rout of North Marion

GLADSTONE — Gladstone High coeds rallied around the play of Molly Webster to upend North Marion 54-34 in a Tri-Valley Conference girls basketball game held here Feb. 4.

Scoring inside and out, Webster tallied a career high 30 points, connecting on 13-of-20 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. The 5-9 junior guard also had three assists.

“Our offensive philosophy is to take what the defense gives us,” said Gladstone coach Pat Scott. “We run a motion offense, with a variety of offensive sets. It's a difficult offense to learn.... Our last few games things have started to click. Our assist to turnover ratio has been great. The girls are passing the ball real well and they're playing with a lot of confidence.”

The Gladiators played well at both ends of the floor, forcing 30 turnovers. They made 23-of-46 field goals as a team, with six 3-pointers and they had assists on 14 of their 23 baskets.

Webster and senior guard Nichole Petersen led the passing game, each with four assists.

“Nichole Petersen played the best game of her career,” Scott said. “She handled the ball a lot and didn't have any turnovers.... Her play caused match-up problems for North Marion and led to a strong inside and outside game by several of her teammates. We ran a real good half-court game.”

Junior guard Mikaela Simac came up with seven steals and senior guard Kendall Schumaker had three steals.

The Gladiators struggled to get shots to drop early on, and they led by just a point, at 7-6, at the end of the first quarter.

But as the game progressed, shots began to drop, and they took charge. Gladstone was up 19-13 at halftime and 33-19 heading into the fourth quarter.

“We held a real good offensive team to just 19 points in the first three quarters,” Scott observed.

The win put the Gladiators at 4-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference (13-6 overall) and left them second in the league heading into the second round of league play. They meet the league-leading and second-ranked La Salle Falcons (16-1, 5-0) on the road in tonight''s first game of the second round. La Salle prevailed 48-30 in a first-round game between the two rivals.

Scott said he liked his charges chances with the return of junior forward Alicia Feb, who left the game after four minutes because of a concussion the first time the two teams play. Feb was cleared to return to practice just last week.

Next home game for Gladstone girls is Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the Gladiators host Molalla (4-14, 0-5).

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