Also: Mikaela Simac turns pickpocket as Gladstone girls rout Estacada 62-34

Gladstone’s basketball teams last Friday took out their frustrations out on Estacada, as they rebounded from disappointing losses to La Salle earlier in the week.

The Gladiator guys bounced the Rangers 61-39, while the Gladiator girls upended their Ranger counterparts 62-34.

Gladstone guys outplayed the Rangers in every phase of the game. The starters saw only about 16 minutes of playing time, and the Gladiators still out-rebounded their guests 32-15, had 16 fewer turnovers, and they shot 53 percent from the field, with four 3-pointers.

Led by Ryun Gibson (12 points) and Austin Galvin (10 points), eleven different Gladstone players put points on the scoreboard. Gibson was 6-of-9 from the field; Galvin was 4-of-5 from the field, with two 3-pointers.

Handsome Smith sparked the offense with eight assists.

Sean Williams came up with four steals.

Andy Thompson (7 points, 4 rebounds) played a strong game off the bench.

The Gladiators led 27-12 after one quarter and 45-24 at halftime.

Senior guard Jacob Johnson led the Rangers, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 19 points.

“I was happy that we rebounded from a bad loss [at La Salle],” said Gladstone coach Ted Yates. “We got back to doing the things we want to do, both offensively and defensively.”

Yates said that the inability of his charges to turn the contest into an uptempo game proved costly in last week’s 49-39 loss at La Salle.

“The fact that they handled our press pretty well was pivotal,” said Yates. “They did what they needed to do to get it into a half-court game....

“It felt like we were playing bothered the whole game. I didn’t like the disposition the kids played with.... Still, it was a one-point game with four minutes to go. The things we did wrong are things that can be corrected, and I like that.”

Ryan Fowler scored a team-high 10 points at La Salle. Handsome Smith had four assists; Gibson claimed six rebounds and he led his squad with five steals.

Gladstone guys (11-3, 1-1) return to the hardcourt Friday, playing Madras (7-9, 0-2) on the road. The Gladiators entertain North Marion (9-7, 1-1) next Tuesday.

Gladstone girls were quick to turn last Friday’s game with Estacada into a rout. They led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter and 54-23 after three quarters of play. They had assists on 22 of 29 baskets and they forced over three dozen turnovers with their aggressive defensive play.

Gladstone junior guard Mikaela Simac turned pickpocket, stealing the ball nine times. Melisa Campos had six steals.

Molly Webster (16 points on 7-for-11 shooting), Kendall Schumaker (15 points on 7-for-10 shooting) Fiona Burrell (10 points), Campos (7 points, 8 assists) and Nichole Petersen (6 points, 5 assists) headed up the offensive assault.

Gladstone girls coach Pat Scott said he was not displeased with his charges’ performance in the loss to La Salle, especially considering the circumstances.

“Alicia Feb, our post, left the game after just four minutes with concussion-type symptoms,” Scott said. “Not taking anything away from La Salle, because they are a good team and they played well. But when we lost Alicia, we had to change our approach. It altered our game-plan and we were unable to establish a rhythm offensively. Defensively, I thought we played fantastic. We held La Salle to just 49 points and they’d been averaging 73.

Webster (13 points) was the only player able to generate much offense for Gladstone in the La Salle game. The Gladiators struggled with their shooting, making only 13-of-45 shots from the floor (29 percent) and 3-of-9 free throws.

Gladstone coeds (10-6, 1-1) entertain Madras (11-5, 2-0) this Friday.

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