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Glad gals are at the top of their game

Gladstone High School’s ninth-ranked girls basketball team was impressive in Tri-Valley Conference play last week, upending Madras 62-40 on Friday, after routing Molalla 57-28 earlier in the week.

The wins came without starting forward Alicia Feb, who sat out both games with a concussion.

“The girls are playing really well,” said Gladstone coach Pat Scott. “We’ve got great ball movement. They’re making multiple passes before they shoot, which has cut down on our turnovers and raised our assist level.”

Scott said that last Friday’s game with Madras was one of his team’s best games of the year. The Gladiators were a hot-handed 23-of-45 from the field, with six 3-pointers.

“We played four really solid quarters,” Scott said.

The Gladiators had the game in hand, leading 33-21 at halftime.

The White Buffaloes struggled to slow junior guards Molly Webster and Melisa Campos. Webster scored a season-high 24 points, hauled down six rebounds and assisted on four baskets. She was 9-of-18 from the field, with two 3-pointers.

Campos scored a career-high 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting, connecting three times from downtown.

Senior guard Fiona Burrell (11 points) also reached double digits in scoring.

Junior playmaking guard Mikaela Simac played a strong game all-around, assisting on four baskets, stealing the sphere six times, and forcing seven turnovers.

“Mikaela ran our offense and didn’t turn the ball over once,” said Scott. “She defended Mariah Stacona, their top player, for 32 minutes and did a great job. Stacona scored 10 points and she had to work for them.”



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