Wildcats picked up a pair of wins over Springfield and Churchill to start season 2-0

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Cydney Gutridge led the team in the third quarter with 7 points.Wilsonville made the long journey down to Springfield High School and came away with a big win. After 32 minutes, the away team walked away with a 63-51 victory to improve to 1-0 on the season.

Sophomore Sydney Burns led the team in stats with 16 points and 7 assists, followed closely thereafter by senior Emily Scanlan who had 15 points of her own. Senior Reese Timm and sophomore Keira McNamee had eight points apiece, and sophomore Emilia Bishop had 9 points and 12 rebounds on the night.

The win was a big one for girls' head coach Justin Duke as the team steps into the thick of competition.

"The team performed really well in a tough road game to start the season," Duke said. "Springfield has been a state championship contender for a number of years now and I believe they have the potential to be part of that conversation this year as well. We were really aided by the depth of our team when we had to fight through foul trouble most of the evening. But (we) were able to play nine rotation players who all contributed in a variety of ways."SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Reese Timm was dangerous from beyond the arc, scoring three 3-pointers from the second quarter on.

Against Churchill (3-0), another Midwestern League school, Wilsonville had its work cut out.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Sophomore Emilia Bishop a big threat in the paint, collecting rebounds and sinking buckets to help the team overcome Churchill.It started out one-sided enough, with Wilsonville jumping out to an 18-4 lead on the strength of defensive stops and takeaways, with senior Hannah McKinney getting a trio of baskets. Junior Kayla Hieb scored a quick layup on a takeaway as well. By the end of the first quarter, Wilsonville led 20-10.

Coming into the second stanza, the momentum evened out between the Wildcats and the Lancers. The two teams went basket for basket with Wilsonville taking a 14-10 advantage in that time. In the latter half of the quarter Churchill took control, scoring nine straight points (six of which were from the free throw line). Lancer senior Isis Smith was the primary scorer in that time, scoring seven points.

The second quarter had senior Emily Scanlan scoring 5 points, sophomore Emilia Bishop with 6 points, and sophomore Sydney Burns with 5 points. Wilsonville also had a handful of 3-pointers, and was generally successful from beyond the arc over the remainder of the game. The half ended 39-31.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Emily Scanlan scored from all over, hitting 3-pointers and scoring in the paint as well.

In the third quarter, Churchill further closed the gap with freshman Danika Starr scored 8 points for the Lancers, and managed to close the deficit to seven. Wilsonville senior Cydney Gutridge kept the home team ahead in the quarter, scoring three buckets for 7 points. Senior Reese Timm hit a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter from the left side of the floor. After 24 minutes, Wilsonville led 54-47.

Churchill closed the gap further still, getting within four points multiple times by taking advantage of its time from the free throw line. But late in the quarter, it was all Wilsonville as the team put up 15 points to close out the game. McKinney and Bishop were the team's leading scorers in that time, putting up four points apiece. Burns hit the team's last 3-pointer of the game, and when the contest was through, the Wildcats walked away with the W 69-53.SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Hannah McKinney was able to get boards that kept Wilsonville comfortably in the lead.

Wilsonville next squares off with Washington's Skyview High School (5-0) on Monday, Dec. 10 after the Spokesman goes to press.

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