Second chances carry Gladstone past Rangers
4A GIRLS BASKETBALL
GLADSTONE — The Estacada girls basketball team kept pace with Gladstone through the first half before giving way in a 55-42 loss to open the Tri-Valley Conference season Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The Rangers found themselves within a bucket late in the first half after Alexis Guarnieri drove the right side and kicked the ball out to Hannah Lake, who knocked down the baseline jumper.
"We started working on a 3-2 zone defense that we put out there tonight to start league and it helped," Estacada coach Taya Hartless said. "We want to slow other teams down and keep working to speed our offense up."
Gladstone would boost the lead to 26-20 at the break, helped out by a late possession that saw the Gladiators get seven cracks at the basket before Jade Rowley put one off the glass for two points.
The Gladiators took charge by scoring the first seven points coming out of halftime, highlighted by Sam Jedrykowski's steal in the backcourt, which led to a layup by Hanne Hopkins for a 33-20 lead.
The Rangers made a run coming out of a timeout with Nicole Youngberg being left alone on the block for an easy two points. Teammate Jemima Konde knocked down a 3-pointer in front of Estacada's bench, and Amber Liber swished a jumper with her toes on the arc to bring the Rangers within nine.
Gladstone answered with Hopkins swiping a steal on the center-court logo and racing away for a layup to send the Gladiators into the fourth quarter up 43-28.
The Gladiators won the battle of the boards, getting two or three chances on almost every possession.
"We had a couple of our big box-out players foul out and we couldn't quite make the adjustment," Hartless said.
Estacada made one last push with Youngberg, Konde and Liber combining to go 5-for-6 (83.3%) from the free-throw line to trim the margin to 13 points as the clock ticked under three minutes.
"I'm proud of these kids — we are still moving forward every day," Hartless said.
Gladstone put the game out of reach when Hopkins converted a scoop shot in the lane on the next possession.
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GLADSTONE 16 10 17 12 — 55
Estacada (42) — Amber Liber 15, Youngberg 10, Konde 6, Canifax 5, Gipple 2, Guarnieri 2, Lake.
Gladstone (55) — Hanne Hopkins 12, Rowley 10, Jedrykowski 9, Miller 6, Pinner 6, Grim 5, DeVeny 3, Dilsaver 2, Latcu 2, Thompson 1.
This story is slated for our Jan. 30, print edition.
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