Lady Outlaws knock out first conference foe

<I>Hector del Castillo/Chieftain</I><BR>Bruce, Butterfield and O'Leary converge in a defensive trap.

The Lady Outlaws bested their first league opponent.

The girls' basketball team from Elgin High School put up little fight Dec. 19, as the Outlaws ran away with a 45-28 victory at Quinn Court in Enterprise. Winning their third consecutive game, the Outlaws improved their overall record to 5-2. They also started atop the Blue Mountain Conference with a 1-0 mark.

Junior guard Summer De Spain led the Outlaws in scoring with her 16 points. Senior forward Tricia O'Leary had 10 points, junior Joscelyn Stangel added six and senior Heather Bruce five, while senior Tonya Neil and junior Sarah Butterfield both scored four points. Bruce's total included a three-point basket.

The Outlaws wasted little time with the Elgin Huskies. Enterprise started a 16-0 run in the first quarter. DeSpain, Stangel, Neil and O'Leary contributed to that stretch. Later, after halftime, the Huskies managed to trim the margin down to nine points. But the Outlaws simply reloaded. Towards the end of the third quarter, Bruce fed De Spain for a lay-up. Elgin tried to break a full-court press, but Bruce stole the ball and slipped a pass to De Spain for another lay-up and a 38-21 edge.

The same night, Enterprise postponed the next day's ride to Weston-McEwen because of snow. The game was rescheduled for Feb. 14. The Lady Outlaws will rest through Christmas before hosting Imbler High's Panthers on Dec. 27.

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