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After an opening week loss to Madras, the Molalla girls hoop squad splits a pair of league tilts with Gladstone

Despite a fast start, the Molalla girls basketball team ended up falling to league-leading Madras on June 7.

Molalla led Madras at the end of the first quarter by a 17-13 count, but a 20-10 run in the second quarter by the White Buffalo allowed them to take control in a 56-46 win over Molalla in girls hoop action.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Molalla girls basketball team dropped a 56-46 decision to Madras on June 7.

"Once again we were able to get out to a fast start – two games in a row now," coach Phil Wiesner said. "However, we weren't able to sustain it. Madras just keeps coming at you and any time we let down our guard they took advantage of it. Lack of consistency on the night hurt us."

Madras outscored Molalla 36-19 over the middle two quarters.

"In the second quarter we just had too many defensive lapses and never really recovered from it," Wiesner said. "We rebounded well during the game and limited Madras' second chance points much better than the first time we met, but too often we gave them too good a look at the hoop. They're a good-shooting team and you have to be out on them."

Hannah Nelzen led the offensive charge with 14 points, followed by Kaityn Curry's 12, 10 of those coming in the first quarter.

Madras ran its record to 6-0 in league while Molalla fell to 2-4.

Molalla 53, Gladstone 59

The Molalla girls team split a home-and-home series with Gladstone June 8 and 10, winning the former 46-43, then dropping a 59-53 decision.

"After pulling victory from the jaws of defeat Tuesday, we actually came close to giving ourselves that chance again," Wiesner said.

In the week's final game, "our bigs got in foul trouble early in the first half and Gladstone took advantage of it, outscoring us 18-10 in the second quarter," Wiesner explained. "We battled back in the second half but came up short."

The Indians had Gladstone's lead trimmed to four points (after trailing by as many as 15), but jumper in the key wouldn't go down, which would have cut the lead to two points with 30 seconds to go. Molalla was forced to foul and the Gladiators his two free throws to ice the game.

"We battled them well on the boards but missed too many open looks and had a couple of missed assignments on defense," Wiesner said. I've been very proud of how the players are coming along and playing much more team ball. With the abbreviated season we haven't had our normal preseason to work out the kinds, so to speak."

Hannah Nelzen and Kaityn Curry led the offensive effort with 16 points each. Jackie Parker added eight, Anna Parker seven and Rubie Burge six points.

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