The Wildcat 6-3 senior burns the nets for 41 points, claims 17 rebounds

Oregon City High School’s girls basketball team dropped a tough one in their final basketball game of the preseason, losing a 73-71 nailbiter to seventh-ranked Westview in a Jan. 14 game at Westview.

The second-ranked Pioneers couldn’t stop Wildcat senior wing Jaime Nared, who had her way close to the basket, scoring 41 points and claiming 17 rebounds.

Nared scored the game-winner on a put-back in the closing seconds of the game.

Led by 5-10 sophomore Taylor Shaw (20 points), the Pioneers had four players reach double figures in scoring. Sophomore wing Cierra Walker scored 18 points, connecting on 4-of-8 shots from beyond the arc. Jessica Gertz scored 15 points; Toria Bradford had 13 points and four assists; Walker made five assists.

The game was close all the way and game statistics were similar. Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf had each team with 34 rebounds. Oregon City made 27-of-64 field goals and 12-of-16 free throws; Westview made 26-of-62 field goals and 19-of-26 free throws. Oregon City forced 23 turnovers, while committing 15.

“It was one of those games that could have gone either way....,” said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. “Our kids got to see one of the better players in the country. Jaime Nared was incredible. She was motivated. It was the best I’ve seen her play. She played hard for 32 minutes and got a lot of second shots....”

It was Oregon City’s first loss to an Oregon opponent this season. Westview, which has losses to Oregon opponents from Sheldon (76-69), Tigard (57-53) and South Medford (64-54), and to Long Beach Poly (52-45), improved to 9-4 on the season with the win. South Medford has been ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the preseason, while Tigard and Sheldon are top-10-ranked teams.

The Pioneers had a much easier time of it last Friday, as they hammered Lakeridge 87-23. The scoreboard read Oregon City 36, Lakeridge 2 early in the second quarter, when Guelsdorf took off the full-court press.

Twelve Oregon City players saw action and Guelsdorf says that none of his starters saw more than 15 minutes of playing time.

Shaw (19 points), Gertz (16 points) and Walker (13 points) were Oregon City’s top point-getters.

The Pioneers were 31-of-60 from the field, with five different players hitting 3-pointers. Gertz had four treys.

Shaw led Oregon City to a 45-28 advantage on the backboards, with six rebounds.

Walker had a team-high four assists; Alyssa Durr headed the defensive effort with three steals.

“Taylor Shaw is figuring out what shots work best for her,” said Guelsdorf. “She had great shot selection. She’s taking really quality shots.”

The Pioneers (9-5, 1-0) return to Three Rivers League play this Friday, when they entertain 11th-ranked Canby (12-3, 1-0). Gametime is 6 p.m.

The Cougars won 77-44 at Lake Oswego in last Friday’s opening round of league play.

“We won’t overlook Canby,” Guelsdorf said. “We’re in a super competitive league and we’ve got them on our radar. We’ll be ready to play.”

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