Barlow falls flat in tournament opener
6A Girls Basketball
LAKE OSWEGO — It's safe to say that this was not the way Barlow wanted to come back after an eight-day layoff.
From start to finish, Cleveland controlled the tempo against Barlow, beating the Bruins 63-29 on Wednesday in the first game of the Nike Interstate Shootout.
Monica Gifford was the only Bruin in double-figures with 10 points.
The Bruins won their last two games entering their matchup with Cleveland, but Barlow came out with an apparent lack of energy and focus.
"We did have a long break, but that is no excuse for how we played today…It felt like we didn't want to be here. We were low-spirited out on the court and we didn't give a very good team effort," Gifford said. "Mentally, physically and emotionally, we were not prepared."
Barlow struggled mightily to execute anything in their half-court offense, turning the ball over seven times in the first quarter. Gifford finally broke the offensive slump by hitting a 3-pointer from the corner, but the Bruins still trailed 15-3 after the first eight minutes.
Baskets from Tionni Fitzgerald and Maicee Bradley gave Barlow a bit of a boost in the opening minutes of the second period, but once again turnovers came back to haunt the Bruins as they would give the ball away six more times before the half.
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