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Tigard can't keep up with Pioneers

The Tigers say the game with talented OC will help them


by: DAN BROOD - MOVING FAST -- Tigard High School senior guard Emilee Cincotta (right) drives past Oregon City's Cierra Walker in Friday's game. The Pioneers scored a 68-47 victory. TIGARD — Well, the Tigard High School girls basketball team now knows right were the bar is set.

The Tigers saw that first hand.

Now, they say, they’re going to keep working hard to strive for that standard — the standard set by Oregon City.

The Tigers, while seemingly battling hard, fell 68-47 to the talented Pioneers in a non-league game played Friday at Tigard High School.

“We know what we need to work on, now,” Tigard senior guard Lexi Carter said after the game. “They’re a great shooting team.”

“It was nice to play a team at that high of a level,” Tigard senior forward Jessie King said. “For me, that was really different, as I played mainly JV last year. There was a lot more pressure.”

With the win, Oregon City, which also got a victory over the Tigers in last year’s Class 6A state tournament third-place game, improved to 3-0 on the season. Tigard, which has played its early-season slate without returning starter Elise Conroy, a sophomore post who suffered a sprained ankle the day before the Tigers’ first game, moved to 2-2 on the season with the setback.

“We had good energy tonight,” Tigard coach Steve Naylor said. “The girls were up. We had some good practices leading up tonight, but we just had too many empty trips. And thats a top-three, or top-four team.”

Actually, following Friday’s game, Oregon City held down the No. 1 spot in the OSAA power rankings.by: DAN BROOD - IN THE PAINT -- Tigard senior Jessie King (15) battles against Oregon City's Cierra Walker (left) and Taylor Shaw in Friday's game.

And the Pioneers showed why they seemed to be worthy of that top spot.

In the win, Oregon City shot at a 25-for-51 clip from the field, including nine three-point baskets. The Pioneers also had just eight turnovers against Tigard’s ballhawking defense.

“We learned that we needed to stay on their shooters better, and communicate,” Carter said. “But, overall, I think it was a good effort.”

The Tigers certainly seemed to turn in a strong effort at the start of Friday’s game.

Carter sank a three-pointer in the opening minute to give Tigard a quick 3-0 lead. And the Tigers kept playing strong after that.

A layup by King, off a pass from Carter, and a basket on a drive to the hoop by senior Emilee Cincotta gave Tigard a 9-6 lead with 5 minutes and 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Oregon City tied the game, at 9-9, on a three-pointer by sophomore Cierra Walker, but Tigard quickly regained the lead when Cincotta sank a three-pointer of her own.

But the Pioneers outscored Tigard 11-2 over the final 3:29 of the opening quarter to claim a 20-15 lead at the end of the period.

The Tigers stayed close in the beginning of the second quarter. They got a pair of free throws by junior Kaylie Boschma, three straight points from Carter and a jumper by Cincotta, to stay within seven of Oregon City, at 29-22, with 4:12 remaining in the period.

But Oregon City showed its shooting skills again. The Pioneers sank four three-point baskets — two by Walker — in the final 3:43 of the quarter to open up a 43-29 halftime lead.

“You look at the scoreboard, and you’re close,” Naylor said. “Then you look up again and you’re down by 10 or 12.”

Tigard seemed to turn up its defensive intensity in the third quarter, holding Oregon City to just nine points, of 4 for 13 shooting, in the period. Carter scored four points for Tigard in the period, which ended with the Pioneers holding a 52-37 lead.

Tigard kept battling in the final stanza. A three-pointer by Boschma and a pair of free throws by King made the score 59-43 with 5:51 remaining to play.

But senior Toria Bradford scored six points down the stretch for Oregon City, helping the Pioneers pull away for the 68-47 victory.

“We’re going to work on our intensity,” Carter said.

Carter also added that the Tigers wouldn’t mind seeing Oregon City again this season.

“We’re definitely on the hunt for them,” she said. “We’ll get them.”

Carter led all scorers in Friday’s contest with 19 points on an 8-for-15 shooting night. She also had five rebounds and three assists.

Cincotta had 15 points to go with four steals and three rebounds. Boschma, despite battling foul problems, had six points and eight rebounds. King scored five points while also turning in a strong effort on the defensive end of the court.

“Jessie played very well tonight,” Naylor said. “She battled all night.”

Tigard, as a team, made 15 of 43 shots from the field while outrebounding Oregon City by a 31-23 margin.

Bradford led four Oregon City players in double figures with 18 points. Walker scored 14 points while senior Jessica Gertz and sophomore Taylor Shaw each had 13 for the Pioneers.

Tigard will be back in action Friday when it hosts St. Mary’s Academy in a non-league game starting at 5:45 p.m.



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