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Wildcats improve to 11-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference behind 18 points from Emilia Bishop

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville seniors Ally Finkbeiner, Renee Lee, Angela Morris and Kayla Hieb were recognized before Tuesday's girls basketball game against Milwaukie.

Wilsonville honored its four seniors, Kayla Hieb, Ally Finkbeiner, Angela Morris and Renee Lee, with a 64-45 win over Milwaukie Tuesday night. 

"It's really bittersweet," said Finkbeiner, who had 13 points in the Northwest Oregon Conference victory." Of course I'm sad to be ending my basketball career so soon, but there's not a better team I could imagine going out with for my last season."

All four seniors started for the Wildcats, along with junior point guard Sydney Burns. 

Morris buried a 3-pointer to open the game and Finkbeiner scored Wilsonville's next seven points to tie Milwaukie, which led 9-5 before Wilsonville went on an 11-0 run and never trailed again. 

"There's a lot of distractions tonight," Wilsonville coach Justin Duke said. "It's senior night. We changed the starting lineup. We haven't played in a week, coming off the bye, so a lot of it was just getting our legs back and getting back in the rhythm of things."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville senior Ally Finkbeiner scored 13 points Tuesday night against Milwaukie.

Milwaukie sophomore Cali Denson also came out on fire, scoring all 13 of the Mustangs' first quarter points. 

"She definitely surprised us a little bit with the shots she was hitting at the beginning," Lee said. "She just wasn't missing anything."

At halftime, Denson had 21 points as Milwaukie trailed the Wildcats 35-22. 

"I knew this game was really important and that if we got this one we'd have a little easier time getting into the playoffs," said Denson, who finished with 39 points. "I just tried the hardest I could and tried to score and just set up my teammates to have success, too. I love the big games. I love the competition."

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Milwaukie sophomore Cali Denson scored 39 points Tuesday night at Wilsonville.

According to Duke, Denson was 15-for-45 from the field. 

She made four 3-pointers and was 5-for-5 from the free throw line. 

"It's pretty unheard of for someone to get 45 shots up in a game," Duke said. "For us it was just a good opportunity to work on defending her. If we can keep her in front or make her take some bad shots or some tougher shots, we can probably do that to anybody. We really looked at it as we're not going to do anything special, just take it as an opportunity to learn how to defend a kid that is that tough. We might see a kid similar down the road."

Emilia Bishop had 18 points to lead Wilsonville, which improved to 20-3 overall and 11-1 in the NWOC.

"We just want to make sure we're polishing up at this point, and putting in the little things that we've been working on in practice," Finkbeiner said.

Milwaukie dropped to 10-12 and 5-7.

"We're playing pretty good right now, a lot better than at the beginning of the season," Denson said. "We're still fighting." 

Derek Wiley
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