Woodburn girls snap eight-game slump
Ellingson, Torres combine for 31 points in 62-39 win over Crescent Valley
It took a team effort for the Woodburn girls basketball team to shake off an eight-game losing streak and beat the visiting Crescent Valley Raiders in dominating fashion Friday night at Woodburn High School.
The Bulldogs entered their game on the heels of an eight-game losing streak that spanned longer than a month, but thanks to a quick start at the hands of Celine Gregoire, Woodburn cruised to a 62-39 victory – their biggest win of the season.
Gregoire, the Bulldogs all-conference forward, opened the game with three quick basket and provided stifling defense on the other end of the court. The Woodburn senior blocked three shots in the first quarter alone, but got into foul trouble and was forced to sit for the majority of the first half.
In her place, teammates Jessica Torres and Lizzy Ellingson took over, combining to score the next nine points to give Woodburn a 15-7 lead.
After the two teams traded baskets, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run as part of a 20-point second quarter to take a 30-16 lead going into halftime.
As the third quarter started, Gregoire picked up another early foul and went back to the bench, but the Woodburn offense didnt miss a beat.
Ellingson opened the quarter with a driving layup, while the rest of the team helped give the Bulldogs a 44-26 edge heading into the final period.
Ellingson finished the game with seven points in the final quarter to give her a game-high 17.
Torres came off the bench to score 14 points, including a pair of pull-up 3-pointers earlier in the game.
Despite foul trouble, Gregoire still managed to pick up nine points and four blocked shots, as Crescent Valley was overpowered in the rematch between the two Mid-Willamette League rivals
The 23-point victory marked Woodburns biggest margin of victory this season and was one point shy of their season high against Madison at the beginning of the season.
With just three games left in the regular season, the Bulldogs (7-12, 2-9 MWC) still have an uphill climb to attempt to qualify for the state playoffs.
Woodburn is currently sitting in seventh in the conference standings and is ranked 29th overall in the OSAA polls.
Only the top 24 teams make it to the state tournament, so the Bulldogs will likely need to sweep their opponents this week to have a chance to get in.
Woodburn will have its chance with a Tuesday game against Lebanon, followed by Wednesday at Corvallis and Friday at Dallas.