Tualatin girls take high hopes into 2013-2014 season

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE BREAK -- Tualatin High School senior wing Madi Hall (12) heads up court during the Timberwolves' win over Lincoln. Hall is one of five key seniors on the Tualatin squad this season. TUALATIN — Leadership.

The Tualatin High School girls basketball team sure looks to have plenty of it.

And the Timberwolves are hoping that leadership helps lead them to big things in the 2013-2014 season.

“Our team is led by our five seniors,” second-year Tualatin coach Casey Bunn said. “They have all stepped up into leadership roles this summer and are determined to make themselves and their teammates better every day.”

Those five Tualatin seniors all return from last year’s Timberwolf squad that finished in second place in the final Pacific Conference standings at 11-3 while going 15-9 on the season.

Among the returnees for Tualatin is senior post Savannah Heugly (5-foot-10), who was an All-Pacific Conference second-team pick last year as a junior.

Senior Jasmine Miller (5-11), who also returns in the post, was an honorable-mention all-conference pick last year.

At wing, Tualatin has a pair of senior returnees in Madi Hall (5-4) and Lindsay Barrow (5-8). The sharp-shooting Hall got her season off to a blazing start, sinking five of six three-point attempts in a season-opening victory over Lincoln.

Senior returnee Tessa Bullis (5-7) takes over the Wolves’ point guard duties this year.

Other varsity returnees for Tualatin include sophomore post Emily Leonard (5-9), junior post Nikki Miller (5-9), junior point guard/wing Hailey Baggenstos (5-4) and sophomore point guard/wing Abbey Anderson (5-6).

Among the newcomers to the Tualatin varsity roster are junior wing Jordyn Lyle (5-7), sophomore wing Tamika Etherly (5-10), junior wing Katie Nelson (5-6), sophomore post Hannah Self (6-0), sophomore point guard/wing Karina Moreland (5-6) and sophomore post Sabine Larsen (6-1).

“Our team does a great job of stepping up when their name is called,” Bunn said. “I think a lot of that is due to their competitiveness during practices. My coaching staff and I are blessed to be able to coach such hard-working sponges. They love this game and have open ears to anything that will help their game improve.”

As for the Pacific Conference this season, Bunn sees plenty of competition ahead for the Wolves.

“The Pacific Conference will be tough this year,” she said. “Each game will be a battle until the end.”

Tualatin upped its early-season record to 2-0 by rallying to get a 61-53 win over Southridge in a non-league game played Friday at Tualatin High School.

“We got off to a slow start, but the girls started making adjustments and executing our game plan,” Bunn said. “Even after being down by so much, they never gave up.”

In that contest, the Wolves trailed Southridge 18-5 at the end of the first quarter and 35-24 at halftime. But Tualatin outscored the Skyhawks 37-18 in the second half to get the victory.

Barrow led the way for the Wolves in the win with 20 points, 19 coming in the final three quarters.

Jasmine Miller added 11 points, Hall had seven while Leonard and Heugly each scored six.

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

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