Laura Stockton gave up 6 inches to Katie McWilliams but was Friday night’s standout at Lewis and Clark.
Stockton scored a game-high 23 points and helped hold the Oregon State-bound McWilliams to 13 as defending State 4A champion Gonzaga Prep waltzed past Oregon 6A power South Salem 53-40 to open girls play at the fourth Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament.
The 5-foot-8 Stockton, a Gonzaga University recruit, scored 15 points and checked the 6-2 McWilliams on 2-for-7 field-goal shooting as the Bullpups (2-0) tore to a 35-14 first-half lead.
“Obviously, she has the size advantage, so you want to keep her as far away from the basket as possible,” said Stockton, who finished 9 for 15 from the field. “She’s a great shooter, too, so just the tighter up I was on her, the better.”
“Laura did a nice job offensively and defensively because that McWilliams girl is a big-time player,” coach Mike Arte said after G-Prep recorded its 25th consecutive win.
Bullpups center Otiona Gildon, an Oregon recruit who figures to see McWilliams several times down the line in Pac-12 Conference play, scored six of her 20 points during the first 2 1/2 minutes as G-Prep broke to a 7-0 lead. Gildon shot 5 for 5 from the floor in the first quarter and finished the game 10 for 16.
“I thought we did a nice job of executing early, playing some good defense, winning all the loose balls,” Arte said. “We kind of broke them down in that first half.”
“We executed our offense and our defense and they still made some great shots,” Stockton said. “You could see how good they were, but I think we just played awesome.”
Charged by McWilliams’ seven-point third quarter, the Saxons (1-1) outscored G-Prep 26-18 in the second half but never cut the deficit to less than 13.
“I wasn’t extremely pleased with our second half,” Arte said. “We were kind of lax throwing the ball away a little bit, but for the most part, I was very pleased to play a team that’s ranked second in the state of Oregon and has high hopes of winning the state championship.”
G-Prep plays St. Mary’s of Portland at 3:30 p.m. today. The Bullpups’ last lost was to St. Mary’s (63-62) at last year’s “Fitz.”
In a late game Friday, Mead (2-0) defeated St. Mary’s 59-57. No details were available.
Lewis and Clark 66, Corvallis 55: Isaac Reason scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers (2-0) rallied past the Spartans (1-1).
Reason and Dom Oliveri had nine rebounds apiece to fuel LC’s 46-28 advantage.
Mead 77, De La Salle (Ore.) 55: Will McPhee scored 19 points, hitting 7 of 10 from the field, as the Panthers (1-1) pulled away from the Knights of Portland.
McPhee hit 3 of 4 on 3-pointers as Mead finished 10 of 15. Josh Richter and Brandon Pettersen added five rebounds apiece.