The Wolves play a strong first half in the state playoff tilt

CLACKAMAS — The Tualatin High School girls basketball team was confident going into the game.

The Timberwolves were ready to play from the start.

They started off fast and likely threw a heck of a scare into Clackamas.

But, in the end, Tualatin couldn’t hold off the talented Cavaliers.

The Timberwolves, playing strong, saw their season come to a close with a 51-34 loss to Clackamas in a Class 6A state playoff second-round game played Friday at Clackamas High JONATHAN HOUSE - DRIVING -- Tualatin senior post Savannah Heugly (left) looks to get by a Clackamas defender in Friday's state playoff game.

“We were ready to go and we came in fired up,” Tualatin coach Casey Bunn said. “We came in confident and jumped on them early.”

Clackamas, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League and the No. 4 team in the final OSAA power rankings, improved to 21-5 on the season with the win. The Cavaliers also advanced to play in the Class 6A state tournament. Clackamas was slated to play Beaverton in a state tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

Tualatin, the No. 3 team out of the Pacific Conference and the No. 13 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 14-10.

“It was a great season, minus a few league games,” Bunn said. “The girls continued to gel as a team, and they progressed every day.”

The Wolves, in Friday’s playoff game at Clackamas, got four points each from senior posts Jasmine Miller and Savannah Heugly as well as a three-point basket from senior wing Madi Hall as they sprinted out to a quick 11-2 lead.

But Clackamas scored unanswered points to end the first quarter, giving the home team a 12-11 lead. The Cavaliers then scored the first six points of the second quarter to up their lead to 18-11. But the Wolves came fighting JONATHAN HOUSE - UP FOR GRABS -- Tualatin senior Lindsay Barrow (left) battles for the ball in Friday's state playoff game at Clackamas.

Heugly scoring five more points, senior Lindsay Barrow had a basket and sophomore Tamika Etherly sank a pair of free throws to bring Tualatin back within four, at 25-21, at halftime.

But the Wolves couldn’t keep up with Clackamas in the second half. The Cavaliers outscored Tualatin 26-13 in the last two quarters to get the 51-34 win.

“We let it get away from us in the second half,” Bunn said.

Heugly led the Wolves in the contest with 15 points. Etherly added six points and Miller scored four. Junior Katie Nelson, Hall and Barrow had three points apiece.

Senior Kaitlyn Reiner led Clackamas with 21 points and senior Sydney Azorr added 11 points.

Friday’s state playoff game marked the final high school game for Tualatin seniors Barrow, Tessa Bullis, Hall, Heugly and Miller, who all started most of the season.

“The seniors did such a great job carrying the team,” Bunn said. “They led us every day.”

Tualatin also looks to have a strong group of younger players that should return next year.

“We’re fortunate to have a deep program,” Bunn said. “We’ve got some younger players who are looking forward to stepping up next year.”

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