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The Wildcat defense held the visiting Bruins to just 13 points in the second half on Dec. 8.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Emily Scanlan goes in for a lay up against the visiting Barlow Bruins. Wilsonville defeated Barlow 82-28 on Dec. 8. Wilsonville—What better way to start off the season than with three straight wins, each one more convincing than the last? In their third game, Wilsonville's girls basketball team dominated visiting Barlow 82-28 on Friday, Dec. 8.

The game started off immediately in Wilsonville's favor. After both teams had turnovers to start, Wilsonville got control of the scoreboard courtesy of two Cydney Gutridge baskets. The 5'10 junior had 12 points in the first half of play. It did not stop there in the first quarter. Senior Jessica Classen hit two threes late in the quarter to bring the Wilsonville's lead over the Bruins to 24-8. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Cydney Gutridge moves around a defender, searching for an open teammate. Wilsonville defeated the visiting Barlow Bruins 82-28 on Friday, Dec. 8.

"We had a tough week this week in practice, and I thought we came and really wanted to get this win," Classen said. "We really wanted to work on playing together as a team, and keep the energy high even though we knew this game was going to be in our favor. I thought we worked on spreading the floor, kicking the ball ahead, looking for our teammates, overall I thought we did a pretty good job." SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Head coach Justin Duke gives his players instructions early on in the contest against Barlow. The Wildcats defeated the Bruins 82-28 on Friday, Dec. 8.

Starting off the second quarter, Wilsonville put together a nine point run that included a big block from junior Emily Scanlan, and subsequent rebound and basket by junior Teagan McNamee. Barlow sophomore Emory Miller would break the streak with a basket of her own, but it was one way traffic in Wilsonville's favor. The Wildcats finished the first half on another string of baskets, heading into the locker room at halftime with a comfortable lead of 49-15.

In the third quarter Barlow saw its first consecutive baskets of the game, but it was more of the same. Classen hit a hook shot in the same vein as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and by the end of third, a host of younger Wildcats had gotten a shot on the hoop. The end of the quarter saw scores from freshman Emilia Bishop, freshman Sydney Burns, freshman Keira McNamee, and sophomore Kayla Hieb.

"We knew we could score, we just wanted to focus on our help side defense, getting a good angle on the defenders," Classen said. "We were just really focused on working on our difficulties in defense."

In the fourth quarter, Barlow sophomore Angela Morris hit three straight free throws to give the Bruins their longest string of points on the night. It was too little too late, and when the final horn sounded the home team won 82-28.

With the win, Wilsonville improves to 3-0 on the season, and gets set to face North Eugene (1-2) in another home game on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Barlow (0-3) will square off with Lake Oswego next Tuesday at home.

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