Murray » Mountain View junior Gentry Oldham did just about everything imaginable Tuesday night in a 43-31 victory at Murray. In addition to scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds, Oldham also dished out four assists and made three steals.
Oh, and those charges that she took — they meant a little something extra.
» Mountain View’s Gentry Oldham finishes with 10 points, eight boards, four assists, three steals and three charges taken.
» Murray’s Baylee Leiter hits 7 of 9 shots for 17 points in a losing effort.
» The Bruins win their third straight Region 7 game on the road.
Ever since the Bruins got some burrito coupons as a donation, coach Alan Groves has disbursed them to those willing to stand, feet planted, in the way of an opposing player with the ball.
Oldham did that three times against the Spartans. Her reward: One free burrito.
"Apparently we have to be bribed with food," said Oldham, who then admitted that it did help "every once in a while."
Mountain View (9-2 overall, 3-1 in Region 7) gave up the opening basket and never trailed again, winning its third straight region game on the road. The Bruins’ lead was in single-digits until late in the third quarter before the visitors opened up a gap as large as 18 points down the stretch.
"Coach has been breaking us down and making sure we’re getting in our stances," said Oldham, who felt that defense has been key for Mountain View’s success lately. "He wants to make sure we control the offense and not the offense controlling us. If we play good defense, the offense will come. So we don’t really worry about offense in practice."
Murray (6-6, 1-2), which was led by Baylee Leiter’s 17 points, cut the Bruins’ advantage to three midway through the second quarter. But Oldham then picked off a Spartans pass and fed Ariana Kailipono for a bucket. Kailipono, who also had 10 for Mountain View, added a free throw and Murray never got that close again.
The home team struggled scoring at the start of both the first and fourth periods. In the opening quarter, Murray had only two points at the midway point. The last quarter saw the Spartans held scoreless until 3:45 was left on the clock.
"There’s no gray with us, it’s either black or white. We do amazing things one minute, but we have some bad habits that we need to change," said Murray coach Lisa White, whose team committed 24 turnovers. "We went long times without scoring and we can’t do that in a varsity game. We’ve got to take care of our possessions."
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