Barlow races past Centennial in league opener
6A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
|Barlow Bruins (7-4)|
|Centennial Eagles (6-5)|
Barlow center Libby Mathis spun toward the basket and converted a three-point play early in the second quarter. Little did she know it would prove to be the winning points, as the Bruins raced to a 52-18 win to open the Mount Hood Conference girls basketball season Friday night.
The play also marked the start of four straight Barlow possessions that produced points. Maicee Bradley followed with an underhand scoop along the baseline, then fed a pass inside to Mathis, who went over her defender and off the glass for two points.
The scoring spree finished with Whitney Waddell swiping a steal and passing the ball across court to Melanie Hiu, who sank both free throws after being fouled on her way to the hoop.
Mathis received a pass in the high post, waited for the defense to collapse, then fired a sharp pass to the far side of the floor where teammate Monica Gifford sank a 3-pointer to send Barlow into halftime with a 29-7 lead.
"We passed the ball and had good movement. We could not miss in that first half," Mathis said. "That boosts your confidence and just makes you want to play better."
The Bruins kept it rolling after the break with Emory Miller spinning away from a defender on the block and swishing a short jumper.
Centennial's Charlotte Marcum connected on a corner 3 to end an almost 10-minute dry spell for the Eagles.
Despite a commanding lead, Barlow kept winning the hustle plays to the final horn. Miller showcased that effort by diving on the floor after a loose ball to start the fourth quarter. She passed the ball off to Waddell, picked herself up and sprinted to the offensive end and got it back with a bounce pass in the lane. Miller was fouled on her way up and turned her hustle into a point from the free-throw line.
"We knew they were a tough team and never knew what defense they were going to throw at us," Miller said. "It was a big doubleheader crowd, and we stayed fighting the entire time."
Centennial and Barlow were the only MHC teams to post winning records through the preseason.
Barlow plays at Central Catholic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while Centennial is at Clackamas at 7:30 p.m.
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BARLOW 15 14 9 14 — 52
CENTENNIAL 5 2 8 3 — 18
Barlow (52) — Monica Gifford 11, Libby Mathis 11, Emory Miller 8, Whitney Waddell 8, Lindsay Barden 5, Melanie Hiu 4, Maicee Bradley 3, Hannah Rispler 2, White, Richardson, Matthews.
Centennial (18) — Charlotte Marcum 6, Domonique Andrews 4, Naomi DayChild 4, Maggie Martine 2, Ellie Basinski 2, McHone, Kramer, Miller, Green.
This story is slated for our Tuesday, Jan. 8, print edition.
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D. DOUGLAS 25 18 17 7 — 67
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GRESHAM 0 4 2 7 — 13
C. CATHOLIC 18 27 11 5 — 61
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