Inglemoor holds off Oregon City in Interstate Shootout final, 59-57
Inglemoor's Jenna Troy scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the second half, leading the Vikings to a 59-57 victory over the Oregon City Pioneers in Saturday's championship final of the Nike Interstate Shootout girls' basketball tournament at Lake Oswego High School.
Lucy Young added 13 points for the Vikings of Kenmore, Wash., who used a 13-6 run at the end of the first half to take a 32-26 halftime lead and then played from in front the entire second half.
Oregon City's Brooke Bullock and Katie Kathan scored 15 points each and Emily Fortin finished with 11 points as the Pioneers (6-4) had their three-game win streak snapped.
"Honestly, I thought both teams competed really well," Pioneers junior point guard Tyra Bradford said. "We're all pretty tired, but we really worked as hard as we could. We just fell short."
Trailing 40-30 with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter, Oregon City went on a 17-9 run that ended with Kathan knocking down a 3-pointer from the right win that pulled the Pioneers within 49-47 with 5:21 left in the fourth.
Inglemoor answered with an 8-2 run, taking a 57-49 lead when Young made one of two free throws with 3:13 to play.
Troy helped seal the decision when she made two free throws to extend the Vikings' lead to 59-53 with 20.7 seconds remaining.
"Inglemoor was hitting a lot of shots, we weren't hitting to many of our outside shots, and we didn't let it bug us," Pioneers coach Tiffani Traver said. "We just battled all the way to the end.
"Given that it's Day Four of a tournament and we were able to do that, I'm super-proud of them."
Oregon City opened the 16-team holiday tournament with an 88-28 rout of Jefferson on Wednesday and a 54-42 win over Westview on Thursday. The Pioneers then knocked off previously-undefeated St. Mary's Academy 60-52 in Friday's semifinals, setting the stage for Saturday's showdown with Inglemoor.
"I knew we could compete, but a lot depends on how we decide to come out," Traver said. "Fatigue is always a factor in a tournament like this, so are we going to be super-tired by the end or are we going to be able to still push through it?
"You just never know, and you never know who you're going to match up against. I just wanted them to play hard every game. That's the only expectation I had. The fact that we were able to get here is great."
The Pioneers faced an Inglemoor team that made its way into the final after consecutive wins over South Salem (45-43), Sherwood (48-24), and Grants Pass (44-32).
"Inglemoor is super-athletic, and in some positions, it was hard for us to match that athleticism," Traver said. "If we'd had a little more time to prepare, it might have been different, but our girls did great on the fly and did the best we could do against a very athletic, quick team."
Troy, the 5-foot-10 senior, hit three of her first four shots from the field to help pace Inglemoor to a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Pioneers opened the second quarter on 6-3 run, taking their only lead of the game when Bradford hit a runner in the lane to make it 20-19 with 5:59 to play in the half.
The Vikings then closed the half on a 12-6 run and the Pioneers spent the rest of the game playing catch-up in their final tune-up before their Jan. 8 Three Rivers League opener at home against St. Mary's Academy.
"We'll have a couple of days off here to give them a chance to rest and then more time to kind of focus," Traver said. "In a way, it's rough playing a team we just played on Friday. But it's also good because we can learn from the game and watch film and see what adjustments we can make that will help us Jan. 8."
In four tournament games, Bullock led the Pioneers with 76 points, while Kathan scored 48 and Fortin added 44.
"We still have a lot of work to do, but the progress we've made and the confidence that the players have is definitely going to help us going into league," Traver said. "So, yeah, I'm happy with where we're at, but ready to push further."
Said Bradford: "Based off our ranking at the beginning of this tournament, I think we proved that we deserved to be higher and we worked really hard to get here. We've seen a lot of growth and it's only the beginning of the season. I think we're going to do pretty well."