PHS senior Mia Bennett buried a pair of 3-pointers in Philomath’s win at Sweet Home on Monday night. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School girls basketball team sprinted out of the gate in both the first and third quarters in a 64-18 victory on Monday night at Sweet Home.

The Warriors (14-6 overall, 7-1 Oregon West) remained one game behind Cascade in the conference standings. The Cougars, which defeated North Marion on Monday, will play on Feb. 20 at Philomath.

Up next for the Warriors, however, will be a league matchup against a capable Stayton squad in the PHS gym on Thursday night. The Eagles lost to Philomath 38-30 on Jan. 31.

The Warriors dominated their opponent in the first quarter, 22-5, and in the third quarter, 20-2. In the opening eight minutes, six players scored for Philomath. Leading the way were Anneka Steen (5 points), Emily Taunisila (4), Ingrid Hellesto (4) and Ahnika Tryon (4). Mia Bennett also hit the first of her two 3-pointers on the evening in the first quarter.

Philomath’s lead by halftime was 34-14.

In the third, another Warrior scoring outburst added up to a 54-16 lead going into the fourth. Abigail Brown scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the third. Hailie Couture had seven and Bennett had her second 3-pointer.

Brown’s 14 came on six field goals and 2 of 2 on free throws.

Brooke Burke led the Huskies (4-17, 0-8) with 12 points.