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The Bruins get a pair of clutch baskets down the stretch in their first conference win.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Gresham's Destiny Ogebema drives to her right while being defended by Barlow's Kori Clark



Mt. Hood Conference
6A Girls Basketball

Team Score
Barlow
42
Gresham
38


GRESHAM — When the game was on the line, Barlow was the team that proved to come through in crunch time.

With the score knotted at 37 late in the fourth quarter, Barlow's Kori Clark and Jocelyn Richardson hit back-to-back hoops in the final 1:10 of the game to allow the Bruins to come away with the 42-38 victory against Gresham.

"I think that this win is just what these girls needed," Barlow head coach Ron LaFord said. "We have been battling injuries, but we played well on defense and had some timely buckets."

The first quarter features fairly sloppy play on both sides, especially on the offensive end. Gresham took a 4-2 lead after the opening two minutes, but Barlow finished the period on a 6-0 run to take an 8-4 advantage.

Both squads were able to settle in to the game a little bit more once the second quarter came. Emory Miller — who had a game-high 13 points for the Bruins — knocked down a pair of jumpers to give Barlow a six-point lead. But a 3-pointer by Estefania Arango and a floater from Grace Williams got the Gophers within one at 19-18.

"The nerves of the first quarter can get to you in the Barlow-Gresham game," Gresham head coach Marques Hudson said. "We were rushing our shots to start out, but we were finally able to calm down and get some good looks."

Barlow went on a 6-0 run to start the second half, but it seemed like every time the Bruins would attempt to put the game out of reach, the Gophers would always have a response. Consecutive 3-pointers by Anjali Bassett and Nuria Perez had the Gophers right back within two late at 28-26 late in the third quarter.


View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.


Look for extended coverage in the Jan. 12 print edition.

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