Short-handed Sandy falters against Barlow
GRESHAM — It may have been ugly at times, but at the end of the day, it was a much-needed victory for Barlow.
Emory Miller led the Bruins with 11 points as Barlow notched their first victory of the season, beating Sandy 45-31 on Saturday night.
"We played really tough in the second half," Barlow head coach Ron LaFord said. "We had a lot of unforced turnovers, but we were still able to come together and play as a team. We didn't get down on ourselves and we made some timely shots when we needed them."
Isabella Kansala was the leading scorer for the Pioneers, pouring in a game-high 13 points.
For Sandy head coach Nechele Bradshaw, this game had a little more meaning to it. Bradshaw was an assistant coach Barlow for the last two seasons before taking the Sandy job in the fall.
Sandy entered the contest short-handed as starting Marley Salveter left the teams last week to focus on club soccer and Tana Dwyre — one of Sandy's top scorers — was out for precautionary reasons.
The Pioneers still hung with Barlow for most of the game, but couldn't overcome a very poor shooting night.
"We had so many good looks that we just couldn't get to drop," Bradshaw said. "It was like we had a cover over our basket…The girls gave great effort, things just weren't falling for us."
The two squads went back and forth for most of the first half with neither team able to get more than a three-point lead at a given time. However, that trend would finally change in the final minute of the second quarter.
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