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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Barlow sophomore Melanie Hiu ties the score with a late steal and layup

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Annie Koenig looks for a path to the basket after coming up with a steal in the second half of Tuesdays 53-50 loss to Clackamas.

Mount Hood Conference

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Clackamas Cavaliers
Barlow Bruins

Just when the Barlow girls basketball team pulled even, Clackamas came up with the answer in a flash to score a 53-50 road win Tuesday night.

Overtime appeared eminent when Barlow's Melanie Hiu swiped a steal at midcourt and beat a rush of players to the basket before carefully finishing a layup to tie the score at 50 with 14.2 seconds to play.

The Cavaliers pounced on the ball as it came through the net and whipped it back in play in a hurry. Senior guard Kiah Wetzell whipped a pass across halfcourt, finding Bella Garcia at the 3-point arc at a 45-degree angle to the hoop.

She didn't hesitate.

While Barlow was still rushing to the defensive end, Garcia fired and hit the winning 3 with only a few ticks left.

"That is usually my shot, so I went for it," Garcia said. "I saw the clock was ticking down, so I just crossed my fingers."

The Bruins had two chances to force overtime, but were unable to get off a desperate heave at the hoop.

The ensuing inbounds pass went off a Bruins' leg and rolled out of bounds into the Clackamas bench with 2.8 seconds left.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Kennedie Shuler squeezes through a pair of defenders to get to the basket during the Bruins 53-50 loss to Clackamas on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers kept the door open with two missed free throws. Barlow's Annie Koenig chased down the long rebound into the corner, but time expired on her pass to a teammate in the middle of the floor.

The win leaves a three-way tie atop the Mount Hood with Barlow, Clackamas and Central Catholic sharing identical 8-2 league records.

The teams were rarely more than a bucket apart.

Barlow tied the game early in the third quarter when Libby Mathis pulled down a rebound and sent the ball out to Hiu for a 3-pointer.

The Cavs took a 40-35 lead into the fourth quarter after Garcia came around a screen by Maddie Tacheny and extended the ball out front for a layup in the lane.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow center Libby Mathis looks to make an exit pass after getting trapped behind the basket in the fourth quarter.

Barlow battled back to within a point when Emily Fortin hit a transition jumper from the baseline, only to see Clackamas take its biggest lead of the night at 46-40 after Sydney Benedict hit a 3 with less than four minutes to play.

The Bruins cut the gap to a single point twice down the stretch, but Garcia cut through the lane for a layup to put Clackamas up 50-47 with 1:07 to play.

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CLACKAMAS 12 16 12 13 — 53

BARLOW 15 11 9 15 — 50

Clackamas (53) — Bella Garcia 13, Benedict 11, Henderson 10, Peterson 9, So 4, Tacheny 4, Wetzell 2, Schweitzer, Vancil.

Barlow (50) — Kennedie Shuler 18, Hiu 9, Mathis 8, Fortin 7, Koenig 4, Barden 4, Miller, Bradley, Quirke.

This story is scheduled for our Friday, Feb. 14, print edition.

— - MHC basketball

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