Wilsonville holds Putnam to season-low in NWOC victory
Wilsonville's defense was ruthless Friday night.
The Wildcats held Putnam to six points in the first half and 12 through three quarters en route to a 63-27 Northwest Oregon Conference victory.
"We like to focus on defense over offense and we had a good game plan going into the game and we stuck to the game plan," Wilsonville senior Andrew Classen said. "We didn't let them drive. We pressured the ball very well."
After a slow start offensively for both teams, the Wildcats began converting turnovers into layups to take a 23-4 lead with 4:04 remaining in the first half.
Putnam did not score in double digits until senior Marcella Kenion made a 3-pointer late in the third quarter to get the Kingsmen within 44-12.
The Wildcats then closed the period on a 9-0 run.
"We just played very solid, and we were kind of more relentless than we have been recently," Wilsonville coach Chris Roche said. "We had a pretty good feel for their best players and their strengths, as well as what we needed to do defensively, and when you couple those things with solid rebounding, good things can happen. It was fun to watch. We can get better, but today was a good day on the defensive end of the floor for us for sure."
With few starters still on the floor, Putnam scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.
The 27 points was a season-low for the Kingsmen, who entered the contest riding a three-game winning streak.
"We were completely mentally unprepared to play," Putnam coach Gregg Griffin said. "The kids did not show up tonight. Very disappointed. It's not who we are, but we've got to get back on the horse. "They (Wilsonville) played great defense and we didn't handle the pressure very well. We've handled it before in other situations and we didn't tonight. It just wasn't our night."
Playing three quarters, Dakota Reber and Gabe Reichle led Wilsonville with 19 and 14 points, respectively.
Classen added eight points.
Sophomore Vincent Salvione led Putnam with six points on two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Senior Marcella Kenion added five points.
The Wildcats were again without senior Keegan Shivers, who missed his fifth straight game with a thigh contusion.
"Keegan is slowly getting better, and he's doing everything he can to get back on the court," Roche said. "It's not something we can rush. things just have to kind of run their course and get to a point where he can play. Then, we may have to be patient as he works his way back into the flow. But we all are excited for him to get back and healthy. He's a huge part of what we do, and he's a really important part of our team."
Wilsonville junior Cason Dougall was back for the third straight game after missing nearly a month with a concussion.
"It's really good to be back," Dougall said. "It's always hard to sit out. I think my body got a much-needed rest and it feels good to come back and play. I've never had a concussion, never had an injury that's kept me out for that long. It's frustrating, especially with a concussion, a head injury. It's one of those things where you can't push it. There's a lot of days of just relaxing at practice, which is always hard."
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