Despite falling behind early in the third quarter, Wildcats pull away in final frame

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Wilsonville junior Teegan McNamee was an active member of the teams defense, and contributed nine points to the Wildcats in their 58-35 win against the St. Helens Lions. Wilsonville—Despite the discrepancy in records, Wilsonville had to really buckle down to overcome the visiting St. Helens girls basketball team. The Wildcats defeated the Lions 58-35 after three very close quarters of basketball.

Wilsonville hangs on to the number two spot in the Northwest Oregon Conference, improving to 11-2 in league and 19-4 overall. St. Helens falls to 5-9 in NWOC play, and ends its season 9-15 overall.

Right from the get go, St. Helens let Wilsonville know that they would be in for a tough outing. St. Helens' sophomore Maddie Holm made the most of a Lions miss, picking up the offensive rebound and nailing the layup. The two teams would battle back and forth for the better part of three minutes, getting takeaways but never able to capitalize on them.

More than halfway through the quarter, St. Helens' junior Kaela Lee hit a 3-pointer to put the Lions up 5-0. St. Helens would not be able to keep Wilsonville's goose egg on the scoreboard for long. St. Helens' Holm fouled Wilsonville sophomore Kayla Hieb, who in turn sank a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats two points. Shortly thereafter, Wilsonville moved the ball around the St. Helens' arc until it settled with junior Reese Timm who drained a 3-pointer to tie the game up at 5-5.

St. Helens' Holm found her way to the basket again. Collecting her own offensive rebound, Holm got another basket for the visiting team. That would be the Lions last basket for a the first quarter, however.

Wilsonville junior Teegan McNamee sank a 3-pointer, and freshman Emilia Bishop hit a basket from in the paint. After a Cydney Gutridge free throw, the Wildcats finished the quarter on top 11-7.

In the second quarter, McNamee hit a two pointer off of a takeaway courtesy of teammate Sydney Burns. Afterwards, St. Helens went a short streak, scoring four buckets in a row. A free throw from senior Myranda Northrop, and a pair of 3-pointers from Holm gave St. Helens the lead again. Freshman Madison Blazek hit a basket from just inside the arc, and St. Helens led 16-13.

Wilsonville junior Emily Scanlan scored back to back baskets, and a free throw as a result of being fouled on the second shot. St. Helen's junior Madi Flores sank another 3-pointer, the team's fourth of the quarter. Wilsonville's Bishop hit a basket with about two and a half minutes to go, but neither team was able to score any more baskets in the half. The score as they left the court was 20-19 in favor of the home team. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - St. Helen's sophomore had a big game for the Lions, scoring 18 of 35 points.

Coming out of the locker room, St. Helens' got right back to work from the outside. Junior Kaela Lee hit yet another 3-point basket after a pair of Wilsonville misses. St. Helens' Northrop hit a pair of baskets, and the Lions tied their longest lead of the night with a five point advantage.

However, Wilsonville would take over and eclipse the visiting team. Baskets from Scanlan, Bishop, McNamee, Gutridge, and freshman Sydney Burns put the Wildcats up 36-25 by the end of the third quarter.

Wilsonville would continue the attack in the fourth quarter. Wilsonville's lone senior Jessica Classen hit a pair of free throws, and was followed up with more free throws from Hieb. Cydney Gutridge had six points in the final stanza, and was supported by fellow junior Reese Timm with four points.

St. Helens's sophomore Holm had six points in the final quarter, but it was too little too late.

The game closed out with a tally of 58-35 in favor of the Wildcats.

Wilsonville takes on Parkrose on Saturday, Feb. 24 in its final regular season game of the season. It was rescheduled after a snow day cancelation earlier in the week.

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