Defense was the name of the game on Thursday when the girls basketball programs from Willamette and Sheldon met at Sheldon high School for a non-league game.

Overcoming the loss of two of their starters, the Willamette Wolverines used a stout defensive front to hold back the Sheldon Irish as they came away with a 37-35 victory. Both teams were rather unimpressive in shooting the ball on Thursday, Sheldon converting just 28.6 percent of their shots while Willamette was held to a 24.4 shooting percentage.

Lexi Bando proved the hero for the Wolverines as she converted two late free throws that came after the Irish managed to hit a three to tie the game at 35 with just 25 seconds left. Though it was Bando’s points that put Willamette ahead just before the end of regulation, the Wolverines’ defense would step up once again as they kept the Irish from converting of their last-second opportunities.

Willamette now stands at 15-3 on the season while Sheldon fell to 14-5.