Barlow girls open tourney with a blowout
Les Schwab Northwest Championships
OREGON CITY — The Barlow girls basketball team opened the Les Schwab Northwest Summer Basketball Championships with a resounding 57-37 win Friday morning over Columbia River, Wash.
Barlow center Libby Mathis blocked several early shots, and Maicee Bradley banked in a 3 from the right side to put the Bruins in charge 13-2 midway through the first half.
Kennedie Shuler beat the shot clock with a trey from the left side. Moments later, the Bruins moved the ball the length of the court in two passes, the ball never touching the floor, leaving Jadin Charpentier with an easy layup. Charpentier returned the favor with a quick pass that found Rilyn Quirke to finish a fast break, putting Barlow up 20-3.
The Bruins carried a double-digit margin the rest of the way.
Barlow stayed on the attack, highlighted by Melanie Hiu chasing down a Columbia River dribbler on a fast break and knocking the ball loose from behind.
Teammate Emory Miller picked up the loose ball and action flowed the other way where Lindsay Barden buried a 3-pointer from the right side.
She was just getting warmed up.
Barden would sink a trio of 3s in the late stages of the first half and splashed down another on the Bruins' opening possession of the second for a 36-15 lead. A few minutes later, Barden fired an inbounds pass to Hiu, stepped into play, got the ball back and launched another 3 that ripped the net.
Late in the game, Barden drove down the lane and got herself in the air before stretching her arms out to wrap a pass around a defender to find Quirke across the lane for a layup.
The Bruins' final highlight of the first-round game came when Bradley fired a no-look pass into the corner that found Charpentier for another 3.
Barlow would split its four tournament games, picking up a 54-51 win over St. Mary's on Saturday.
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The Barlow boys basketball team wrapped up its summer with a fourth-place finish at the Curtis tournament in Seattle last weekend.
The Bruins went 4-1 in the tournament, including a 63-49 win over Jesuit in Sunday's fourth-place game. Jesse White led the way with 24 points, while Evan Inglesby scored 20. Joey Wolcott battled under the basket and came away with 18 rebounds.
The Bruins also went 4-1 and came in fourth at the War of the Border tournament a week earlier in Longview, Wash. Barlow opened with an 87-58 win over Heritage that saw White and Inglesby share the team lead with 24 points apiece. The Bruins' only loss came to eventual-champion Mount Si out of Seattle. Barlow knocked off La Center, Wash. In the fourth-place game with Inglesby finishing with a team-high 24 points, while Josh Nomie added 11 points and six assists.
This story is slated for our Tuesday, June 25, print edition.
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