Tigard shuts down Newberg to get a 57-20 victory

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DRIVE -- Tigard High School senior Hannah Armstead (11) looks to get to the basket against Newberg's Sabrina Salmons in Friday's game. Tigard got a 57-20 victory. TIGARD — Last year, the Tigard High School girls basketball team was a perfect 14-0 in Pacific Conference play.

On Friday, the Tigers showed that they sure seem to have the chance to be perfect again this season.

Tigard, opening defense of its Pacific Conference title, sprinted to a 57-20 win over Newberg in a conference opener played Friday at Tigard High School.

“One down, 13 to go,” Tigard senior guard Lexi Carter said. “This was a good start. Now we need to keep it rolling.”

With the loss, Newberg fell to 5-5 on the season at that point. Tigard improved to 6-5 on the season to that point with the victory.

“This was good,” Tigard sophomore post Elise Conroy said. “We played with a lot of intensity.”

A healthy Conroy also helped the Tigers get off to an impressive start to conference play.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore only recently returned to action after suffering a sprained ankle the day before the Tigers’ first game of the season.

It’s good to be back,” Conroy said with a smile.

She certainly seemed to make her presence felt in Friday’s game with 11 points, four blocked shots, three rebounds and three assists.

by: DAN BROOD - PASSING FANCY -- Tigard sophomore post Elise Conroy passes the ball around Newberg's Heather Petrie in Friday's game. “I felt good,” Conroy said. “I feel more ready this year. I think I’m doing a lot better.”

“It’s good to have her back,” Carter said.

Conroy played a key role in Tigard’s defense in Friday’s win. And it was a Tigard defense that seemed to dominate from start to finish.

The Tigers helped force Newberg into a 9-for-52 (17.3 percent) shooting night from the field while also coming up with 25 turnovers.

“We definitely think we did a good job on defense,” Carter said. “We turned it up. And it’s nice to have the big girl there.”

That defense helped get Tigard off to a roaring start to Friday’s game, as Newberg missed its first 10 shots from the field.

Meanwhile, Tigard, getting a jumper by senior post Jessie King, a free throw by junior Kaylie Boschma, two free throws by senior guard Emilee Cincotta, a banker by Conroy, off an assist from Carter, and a three-pointer by Cincotta, sprinted out to a 10-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest.

Back-to-back baskets by Boschma later in the period upped the Tigard lead to 14-0. Newberg didn’t get on the scoreboard until sophomore Cristina Bryan sank a 16-foot jumper with just 46 seconds remaining in the first quarter, which ended with Tigard holding a 14-2 lead.

The home team kept rolling in the second quarter.

With the score at 16-4, Tigard took off on a 16-0 run.

The scoring spree, which gave the Tigers a 32-4 lead with 21.4 seconds left before halftime, started with back-to-back baskets by Carter, the second coming off a steal. Conroy and senior Stephanie King each scored three points during the scoring run, which was capped off with a steal and layup by Boschma and a pair of free throws from Cincotta.

A basket by Newberg senior Marta Burchett with 12 seconds remaining in the second quarter ended the Tigard scoring run. But the Tigers, with Stephanie King going two for two from the free throw line with 1.8 seconds left in the half, took a 34-6 halftime lead.

It was more of the same in the third quarter. The period started with a pair of baskets by Conroy and a jump shot by Carter. It ended with back-to-back layups by Conroy and Jessie King, giving Tigard a 49-13 lead going into the fourth DAN BROOD - POWER MOVE -- Tigard senior Stephanie King powers her way up to the basket during the Tigers' win over Newberg.

Cincotta had a pair of hoops in the final stanza to help Tigard wrap up the 57-20 victory.

“It was a good win,” Carter said. “I think we did a better job coming out in the second half with intensity.”

Cincotta led a balanced Tigard scoring attack in the victory with 13 points. She also had nine steals, six rebounds and a pair of assists.

Jessie King scored 10 points on a 5-for-6 shooting night. Carter had a strong overall performance with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Boschma had nine rebounds to go with seven points and Stephanie King scored seven points.

Tigard, as a team, made 22 of 56 shots from the field while also outrebounding Newberg by a 43-26 margin.

Junior post Victoria Eichten led Newberg with seven points.

Tigard picked up another win on Tuesday, as it bested Glencoe 48-34 in a conference game played at Tigard High School.

Carter led the way for the Tigers in that victory with 22 points. Cincotta and Conroy added eight points apiece.

The Tigers will be back in action Friday when they face rival Tualatin in a key conference game starting at 5:45 p.m. at Tualatin High School. On Tuesday, Tigard will travel to McMinnville for a 6:45 p.m. conference tilt.

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