The Timberwolf girls squad goes 4-0 at the event

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - CHAMPS -- The Tualatin fifth-grade Classic girls basketball team won the title at the Putnam Invitational.MILWAUKIE — The Tualatin Timberwolves fifth-grade girls Classic basketball team went a perfect 4-0 on its way to winning the championship at the Rex Putnam Invitational, held Jan. 18-19 at Rex Putnam High School.

The Tualatin squad opened tourney play Jan. 18 with Kassidy Javernick controlling the boards in a 35-25 win over a Portland select team.

Later that day, the Timberwolves, led by Sierra Kurth, had a standout defensive game in a 24-2 win over Sherwood. Aurora Davis controlled the game on offense from her point guard position, helping the team get many fast-break baskets.

Tualatin opened play Jan. 19 against a Milwaukie squad that was 3-0 in tourney action. Sarah Cottrell helped the team on the offensive end with some key rebounds. But it was Tualatin's press that turned momentum of the contest.

Down 12-2, Payton Wesson and Alyvia Embree trapped Milwaukie's guards at every opportunity. They took turns getting steals and scoring in helping the team go on a 24-4 run during the second and third quarters. The 36-25 win seemed to give the Tualatin girls a lot of confidence going into the tournament championship game.

In the title contest with Putnam, Sidney Dering fought off a flu bug and was a rebounding machine for the Timberwolves.

Tualatin jumped to an early lead, but Putnam closed the gap to 17-14 and had momentum on it side. Then Hannah Barney capped a great tournament performance with a flurry of steals to change the game.

Katie Livermore sealed the 30-16 with with a couple of timely baskets.

The Tualatin players celebrated the title at their next practice while wearing their championship t-shirts.

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