Bulletin staff report

SISTERS — Jacobie Petterson mentioned it after a 36-35 win over Creswell last week. And Sisters coach Julianne Horner echoed the sentiment on Thursday night.

“We win at the free-throw line,” Horner said, “or we lose at the free-throw line.”

The Outlaws hit 28 of 36 free throws on Thursday, including a 15-of-18 clip by Petterson, en route to a 56-47 nonconference girls basketball win over visiting Mountain View.

“We’ve never seen it more evident than tonight,” Horner said. “It really could have been much more of a ballgame if we weren’t able to make our free throws.”

Petterson connected on 10 of 12 foul shots in the fourth quarter alone, and Savannah Spear made all four of her attempts, as Sisters (4-7) held off a Mountain View (1-7) rally to snap a three-game skid.

Petterson finished with a game-high 27 points, Spear contributed 13 points, and the Outlaws jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter.

“We just kept taking it to them right from the beginning,” Horner said. “They weren’t expecting that, and we were able to compete pretty much across the board — inside and outside.”

Emma Platner posted 15 points to pace the Cougars, who outscored the Outlaws 15-11 in the third quarter to pull to within five points heading into the final period. Jessie Goetz chipped in with 14 points.