The Scots bring their record back up to .500 in conference play with the win on Tuesday night.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - David Douglas's Lydia Collins (left) takes the ball right at Barlow's Libby Mathis.

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PORTLAND — After losing in blowout fashion to Oregon City and Clackamas last week, David Douglas needed to play well against Barlow on Tuesday to get back on track.

Despite playing without star guard Jie Tan — who was out with an ankle injury — David Douglas (8-10, 4-4 MHC) got themselves right back in the playoff hunt with a convincing 64-31 victory over Barlow (5-13, 2-6 MHC) on Tuesday.

"We had a tough week last week so I was wondering how we were going to respond and come back…They responded really well," David Douglas head coach Chris Cavanaugh said. "We did a great job with setting the tone early."

With Tan out, Lydia Collins and Tayja Johnson picked up the slack in the scoring department. Collins had a game-high 14 points while Johnson added 13 points of her own.

Nobody for the Bruins was able to reach double-figures.

"I saw no energy. We did not play with intensity," Barlow head coach Ron LaFord said. "You can blame part of that on our youth because we are a young team. But it seemed like we were very hesitant with everything we did."

The Scots got three straight transition hoops from Savannah Proske to start out the game, and the early offense allowed them to get into their full-court press effectively. David Douglas forced a pair of five-second calls on Barlow in the opening four minutes, as well as a multitude of turnovers.

A pair of steals and buckets from Collins and a jumper from Sienna Glenn put the Scots on top 14-5 at the end of the first quarter.

"You have to be dependent on your teammates and trust them," Collins said about executing the Scots press. "If everyone does what they are supposed to do, a lot of good things are going to happen."

Look for extended coverage in the Feb. 2 print edition.

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