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Wildcats girls' basketball team held visiting Pioneers to just two points in first quarter

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Cydney Gutridge gets to the rim for a layup against a Sandy defender. The Wildcats defeated Sandy 80-25 on Friday, Jan. 12. WILSONVILLE—It was a one sided victory on Friday, Jan. 12 for the Wilsonville Wildcats. The girls' basketball team shut down the visiting Sandy Pioneers in dominant fashion, winning 80-25 when the final horn sounded.

It could not have gone any better for the home team. From the get go, Wilsonville jumped out to a 10-0 lead, with baskets by juniors Emily Scanlan and Teagan McNamee punctuated by a pair of three-pointers from junior Reese Timm. Sandy's lone basket came from freshman Brooklyn Adams, but otherwise the Pioneers were kept silent. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Teagan McNamee was a workhorse for the Wildcats against the Sandy Pioneers on Jan. 12.

Turnovers and defense were also a big portion of the game's story for Wilsonville. In the latter half of the first quarter, freshman Emilia Bishop towered above the Sandy offense and had several large blocks to keep the scoring to a minimum.

In the second quarter, it was a similar story. Wilsonville kept the scoring streak alive, with McNamee hitting the first basket. Sandy found its way to the basket more frequently, but most often from the free throw line. The Pioneers scored six of its eight points after fouls. Sandy's Adams had six points in the second quarter. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Reese Timm was a crucial shooter from outside the arc, hitting several threes to accentuate Wilsonvilles lead over Sandy.

Wilsonville senior Jessica Classen had six points in the second quarter, and McNamee, Scanlan, sophomore Kayla Hieb, and junior Cydney Gutridge all contributed to the scoring frenzy. By the end of the half, it was Wilsonville up 39-10.

In the second half, Wilsonville scored eight straight baskets, including three from Timm and three from McNamee. Sandy had opportunities from the free throw line, but went 0/4 across two chances. As the third quarter ended, McNamee and Hieb passed the ball back and forth down the court, weaving past Sandy defense to find the easy layup. The fourth quarter saw more of the same with Wilsonville scoring a string of baskets while keeping the Sandy offense to a minimum. The Wildcats outscored Sandy 41-15 in the second half, and closed out the game 80-25.

Wilsonville (11-2 overall, 3-0 in NWOC play) plays Putnam (2-11 overall, 1-2 in NWOC play) on Tuesday, Jan. 16 in a home game.

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