Tessa Bullis sinks 7 three-pointers to lead Tualatin to win

by: DAN BROOD - GOOD FOR THREE -- Tualatin High School senior Tessa Bullis sank seven three-pointers for the Timberwolves in their 59-36 win over The Dalles Wahtonka on Friday. LAKE OSWEGO — When Tessa Bullis was hitting her shots in pregame warm ups, she took it as a good sign of things to come.

Well, she was sort of correct.

It turned out to be a great sign of amazing, record-breaking things to come.

Bullis, a senior point guard on the Tualatin High School, put on an outside shooting clinic, sinking seven three-point baskets to help the Timberwolves score a 59-36 win over The Dalles Wahtonka in a Les Schwab Bracket first round game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, held Friday at Lake Oswego High School.

“During warm-ups, I was hitting them,” Bullis said after the win “I said ‘OK, I feel good. It’s going to be a good game.’”

The Dalles Wahtonka fell to 4-1 on the season at that point with the loss. Tualatin improved to 3-1 at that point with the DAN BROOD - PLAYING STRONG -- Tualatin senior Lindsay Barrow (right) goes up to the basket against The Dalles' Olivia Starks.

“I think the girls were just tired of practicing against each other,” said Tualatin coach Casey Bunn, whose Timberwolf squad had played only three games prior to starting action at the tournament. “I think they liked taking their aggressions out on another team.”

“I think it was really important for us to start the tournament with a win,” Tualatin senior post Jasmine Miller said. “After last Friday (a 76-56 loss at Westview) we needed to get our confidence back. This was only our fourth game, and we’ve been practicing a lot and putting in a lot of hard work.”

Bullis must have been putting in a lot of work on her three-point shooting. She went 7 for 11 from beyond the arc in Friday’s game. The seven three-pointers set a new single-game tournament record, breaking the old mark of six, set by Thurston’s Kelli Rice in 2009.

“That was awesome,” Miller said. “It’s fun when she’s hitting her shot.”

“She’s adjusting to a new position,” Bunn said. “As a point guard, it’s her job to distribute the ball, but I told her that she needs to look for her shot, too.”

“I felt good all game,” Bullis said. “And everyone on the team did a good job.”

Bullis, and the rest of the Wolves, got off to a roaring start to the contest. Miller sank a pair of jump shots while Bullis and senior post Savannah Heugly each connected on a three-pointer to give Tualatin a 10-0 lead with 4 minutes and 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Bullis’ second three-pointer of the period gave Tualatin a 13-2 lead with 3:43 left in the quarter. The Wolves, getting baskets from Miller and sophomore Hannah Self, upped the margin to 18-2 at the end of the opening period.

Tualatin got a three-point basket from senior Madi Hall and two more hoops from Miller in the second quarter, but The Dalles Wahtonka was able to trim the margin to 27-17 at halftime.

But the Wolves were able to pull away some in the third quarter. Junior wing Jordyn Lyle sank a three-pointer for Tualatin in the period and Bullis added three more long-range bombs in the quarter, the last being a buzzer-beating shot that gave Tualatin a 42-27 lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the final stanza, Bullis sank two more three-point baskets and sophomore Tamika Etherly went 6 for 6 from the free throw line to help the Wolves close out the 59-36 win.

“We came out slow against Westview, but not tonight,” Bunn said.

“This was good,” Bullis said. “Now we hope to keep it rolling.”

“Defense and rebounding are big keys for us,” Miller said. “We know it’s important to box out.”

Bullis, with her seven three-pointers, scored a game-high 21 points in the win. She also had a pair of steals.

Miller added 10 points to go with seven rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.

“Jasmine is awesome,” Bullis said with a smile.

Self scored nine points, Etherly scored six points and Heugly had five points, three blocked shots and two steals.

Tualatin, as a team, made 19 of 48 shots from the field, with 10 three-point baskets.

“Shooting is contagious,” Bullis said.

Tualatin also outrebounded The Dalles Wahtonka by a 30-25 margin and helped force the Eagle Indians into 24 turnovers.

Senior Emily Bailey led The Dalles Wahtonka with 14 points.

Saturday at the tournament, Tualatin scored a 42-36 win over McNary in a tourney quarterfinal game. Heugly scored 19 points in that victory and Miller added nine.

On Sunday, the Wolves were edged 58-50 by Canby in a Les Schwab Bracket semifinal game. Bullis had 19 points in that contest. Miller scored 11 points and senior Lindsay Barrow added nine.

Tualatin was scheduled to face Lebanon in the tourney third-place game on Monday. Due to early holiday deadlines, results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The Wolves will be back in action Tuesday when they play at Beaverton in a non-league game starting at 7:15 p.m.

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