Newport girls down Sisters behind offensive surge  

Newport’s Carlee Murray drives to the basket during the Cubs league match earlier this season. Murray is one of a number of Cubs who’ve raised their level of play as the league season draws to a close. (Photo by Nugesse Ghebrendrias)

NEWPORT — The Newport girls basketball team is rounding into shape at the perfect time. 

Tuesday’s 62-38 victory over Sisters makes it three wins in a rowfor the Cubs. 

“I was pleased with the energy level we played with last night. We attacked the basket and took our three's with confidence,” Newport head coach Nathan Green said. “Our defense was able to turn them over and we converted points off the turnovers. It was a very good team victory.”

Four different Cubs scored double-digit points against Sisters. 

Led by 15 points from freshman Avonly Wolf, 11 from Michaela Wagner, 12 from Stella Barber and 11 from Carlee Murray, Newport nearly reached their season high in scoring, set last week at 67. 

The Cubs are finding their rhythm on a more consistent basis and that has equated in three straight wins and with five games left and a chance at the State Championship tour ament on the line, there was no time to waste.

Newport came out in the first quarter and put 16 points on the visitors from Sisters. 

Wagner hit the sole three-point shot in the first quarter, but the Cubs were getting what they wanted inside the interior. 

Nicole Dickason scored twice and Wolf made two shots and converted one of her free throws in the quarter. 

The Cubs were getting good looks at the basket, but it was the energy on defense that allowed the Cubs to get so many shots up in the quarter. 

But that has been the case all season for Newport. Defensively, they have always been there. 

Team energy has been a strength of the team and now that the shots are falling, the Cubs made 19 jump shots and seven three-point shots, the wins should continue to pile up as well. 

In the second quarter, it was much of the same for Green and his girls.

Wolf continued to pace the team with four points in the quarter while the rest of the offense was spread around to Barber, Murray and Dickason. 

Dakota Rundell connected on a long-distance shot as well. 

The Cubs were clicking on all cylinders, resulting in a 16-point third quarter that sealed the deal for Newport. 

Sisters stayed in the game, but the Cubs offense continued to pile up on the visitors. 

Newport ended the game with a 14-point fourth quarter. It was the least productive quarter in terms of offense, but you couldn’t tell from the way the Cubs were playing. 

The Cubs face three of the next five games on the road, but first up against Stayton today (Friday). 

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