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Wildcats made 14 3-pointers and scored season-high 92 points in NWOC victory

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville junior Sydney Burns drives to the basket against Putnam Friday night.

Wilsonville knew what was coming.

The Wildcats had watched Putnam's film and seen the scores — 91 and 88 points in the previous two games.

But it had been so long since a team challenged Wilsonville up and down the court, the Wildcats needed a few minutes to adjust.

After falling behind early, Wilsonville closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run to cruise to a 92-62 Northwest Oregon Conference victory Friday night.

"I think we were shocked at the beginning," said Wilsonville senior Kayla Hieb, who finished with 11 points. "We weren't really ready to play and they took advantage of it and played a great game at the beginning. We needed to get our energy up and start running the court because that's when we do our best. That's the style of game we like the best, running the floor, and we did well with it."

Putnam went right at the No. 1 ranked team in Class 5A and led 13-8 before Wilsonville's run.

"We had the mindset that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so just leave it all out here," Putnam senior Sarah Rope. "It's Friday. We've got the weekend to recover. Anything less than 100 percent wasn't really an option."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville junior Emilia Bishop scored 13 points against Putnam.

The Wildcats took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Putnam 27-16 to take a 45-29 lead into intermission.

"We haven't really been pressed since the Christmas tournament," Wilsonville coach Justin Duke said. "We walked through it yesterday and talked about what they're going to do, but it took us a while to settle in. It's fun to play that way. The kids are getting up and down. Everyone gets to shoot. It's a lot of fun."

Wilsonville senior Renee Lee was out with an illness. Sophomore Karina Borgen started in her place and finished with nine points.

"We always work on transition and what decisions to make in transition," Borgen said. "I think today was clear that we've been working on that because it has gotten a lot better than it has been. Today was fun to get up and down the court and play like we want to play."

Despite missing its top 3-point threat, Lee, Wilsonville made 14 shots from behind the arc, including nine in the second half.

"We work on our shooting every day and how we want to hop into our shot and the kids have really embraced it this year," Duke said.

Sydney Burns led the Wildcats with 19 points and Emilia Bishop added 13, but Wilsonville also got a boost from its bench. Seniors Angela Morris and Ally Finkbeiner each chipped in with 13 points.

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville senior Ally Finkbeiner scored 13 points off the bench for the Wildcats Friday against Putnam.

Putnam junior Mimi Both, sophomore Madelyn Olma and freshman Emma MCDonald each had 13 points. Rope added 11 and senior Miranda Evans scored 10.

"We've got a shallow bench right now so I think that's why we started to fall off," Rope said. "But at the end of the day you can't make a good team great. You can't give them too much hype."

Wilsonville improved to 6-0 in the NWOC. Putman, which entered the contest riding a three-game winning streak, dropped to 4-2.

"I feel like we're just scraping the surface," Rope said. "There's a lot of new girls on the team. It's super exciting. I think we've improved on something every single game."

Derek Wiley
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