The Vikings, behind Emily Huson's 18 points, improve to 7-0 and stay atop Greater Valley Conference standings.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove's Kinsey Barnett shoots a free throw during the Vikings' game against Sprague Jan. 12 at Forest Grove High School.Vikings win.

That's becoming a trend.

Forest Grove beat-up on an overmatched Sprague team Friday night, Jan. 12, defeating the visiting Olympians 57-18 on "Pink Night" at Forest Grove High School, remaining undefeated in Greater Valley Conference play and alone in first place.

"I thought we did so good," said Forest Grove senior wing Emily Huson. "We definitely came out a lot stronger than on Tuesday versus North Salem."

Despite the win, the Vikings weren't at their best against North Jan. 9, making just 33-percent of their shots en route to a 15 point home victory. But due to the lackluster effort, Forest Grove had a little extra motivation for this night's game versus Sprague.

"We just weren't there (Tuesday night)," said Huson. "Tonight we came out and we knew what we were supposed to do and we did it. It was awesome."

Forest Grove head coach Dan Lumpkin was less concerned about Tuesday night's game, acknowledging his team wasn't at their best, yet chalking it up to simply not making shots. But at the same time was happy with the performance against Sprague and equally pleased with the effort.

"Tonight the girls came out and set the tone, which is something we have to do every game," said the coach. "You can't overlook anyone, or come out relaxed, you have to be the aggressor from the beginning, and we did that tonight. We had a strong defensive presence, got a lot of steals and ultimately some easy buckets."

Junior wing Emily Lester had 10 points for the Vikings, while Kinsey Barnett added eight, and sister's Katie and Amanda Rebsom tallied six a piece. But on this night it was about Huson, who was dialed-in from the beginning, scoring five of Forest Grove's first seven and finishing with 18 points and four rebounds.

"I've been shooting pretty good lately," said Huson. "I normally try and take smart shots, but on a night like tonight I do look for my shot a little more."

The Vikings dominated from the beginning, shutting the Olympians out on the way to a 19-0 first quarter lead. It didn't get much better for Sprague in the second, as Forest Grove continued to wreak havoc with their pressure defense en route to a 33-8 halftime edge. But while sound defensively, it was on the offensive end that the Viks appeared to be hitting on all cylinders, scoring from both inside and out.

"They run a zone and we've faced a lot of zones this year, so it's about moving the ball, finding the open man, making the extra pass and getting wide open shots," said Lumpkin. "And like you saw tonight, if a team gets down too much they have to go man, and we're pretty good against a man defense."

In all, the coach gave the team high grades as a whole and was pleased with how it played-out.

"Emily was hitting her shots, Katie was doing a good job on defense and our posts were getting involved," Lumpkin said. "Amanda, Olivia and Emily Lester were doing a great job inside and we got an opportunity to get the younger kids in. That's a good night."

After an off night Tuesday the Vikings will host West Salem to complete the first round of the GVC, and Lumpkin is cautiously optimistic about his team's chances against the Titans, as well as going forward in league play.

"West Salem is pretty young and pretty athletic, but we feel confident," said Lumpkin. "They have some good athletes and some size, so we'll have to come out ready to play for sure. But I feel good about our team."

Forest Grove's Jan. 19 game versus West Salem is slated for a 715pm tip at Forest Grove High.

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