Tigard downs Forest Grove to move to 7-0 in league play

by: DAN BROOD - THERE SHE GOES -- Tigard senior Lexi Carter heads up court in a hurrdy during the Tigers' win at Forest Grove.FOREST GROVE — The Tigard High School girls basketball team was looking to get off to a fast start in its game with Forest Grove.

The Tigers did just that — and then some.

Tigard scored nine unanswered points to start the contest and was never really threatened the rest of the way as it sprinted to a 52-36 win over the Vikings in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Forest Grove High School.

“It was our goal to come out fast,” said Tigard junior guard Kaylie Boschma, who was one of three Tiger players to score in double figures in the victory. “We were super excited for this game. We really wanted it, and it was great to do it.”

“We came out strong and excited,” Tigard senior guard Lexi Carter said.

Forest Grove fell to 2-5 in Pacific Conference play and to 9-8 on the season to that point with the setback. First place Tigard improved to 7-0 in conference games (12-5 overall) at that point, keeping the Tigers perfect at the midway point of the Pacific Conference season.

“It’s a long season, still,” Tigard senior guard Emilee Cincotta said. “But we’re right where we want to be.”

“That’s good,” Tigard coach Steve Naylor said of the 7-0 record. “I think our league is really good this year.”

Tigard, in Friday’s game, got off to a roaring start.

Cincotta started the scoring with a three-point basket coming from the top of the circle with 6 minutes and 39 seconds left in the first quarter.

Carter then went 2 for 2 from the free throw line after she was fouled following a backcourt steal by Cincotta. Carter then had a follow-up jumper for a basket and then she scored on a baseline drive on the Tigers’ next offensive possession, giving Tigard a 9-0 lead with 4:05 remaining in the first quarter.

“We really executed well in those first four minutes,” Naylor said.

Forest Grove, getting a pair of free throws by senior post Kaitlin Jamieson with 2:39 left in the period, stopped the Tigard scoring run. But it didn’t take long for the Tigers to take off again.

Sophomore post Elise Conroy, Cincotta and senior post Jessie King all had baskets in the final 1:20 of the period, with junior Faithe Wantland assisting on two of those baskets, to push the Tigard lead to 15-2 at the end of the first DAN BROOD - KEEPING CONTROL -- Tigard High School junior Kaylie Boschma (right) doesn't let Forest Grove's Shelby Turner get near the ball in Friday's game. Boschma scored 10 points for the Tigers in their 52-36 win.

The Tigers shot at a 6-for-11 clip from the field in that opening period, while Forest Grove misfired on all seven of its shots. The Tigard defense also helped force the Vikings into six first-quarter turnovers.

“Defense is our thing,” Boschma said. “We take a lot of pride in it.”

Forest Grove scored the first six points of the second quarter, trimming the Tigard lead to 15-9. The Vikings trailed by a 24-15 margin after Jamieson scored on a drive with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

But the Tigers finished the half with a flurry.

First, Carter scored on a drive to the hoop with 34 seconds remaining in the half. Cincotta then came up with back-to-back steals and layups to push the margin to 30-15 at the intermission.

“We turned it up with the press,” Naylor said.

Boschma sank a pair of three-pointers in the first 4:09 of the third quarter to help the Tigers up the lead to 37-21. Senior Stephanie King and Boschma each had a follow-up basket in the final 1:16 of the period to give Tigard a 41-24 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Carter sank a three-pointer and scored seven points in the final stanza, and junior Ashley Holzgang and Conroy each had baskets in the period as Tigard closed out the 52-26 win.

“We prepared well and worked hard to win,” Boschma said. “I thought everyone on the team played hard.”

“The girls played hard and got some tips on defense,” Naylor said. “When we do that, it gets us rolling. Kaylie hit some big threes and got some big rebounds and Faithe got some big rebounds. It was a real good effort.”

“I think it was the best ball movement we’ve had,” Cincotta said.

Carter topped the Tigers in scoring with 16 points. She also had three steals and a pair of assists. Cincotta added 12 points, five steals and three assists. Boschma had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals and Conroy had seven rebounds and three blocked shots to go with eight points.

Tigard, as a team, made 21 of 50 shots from the field while committing just 11 turnovers.

Jamieson led all scorers with 18 points. Freshman guard McKenzie Long added eight points for the Vikings. Forest Grove made 11 of 35 shots from the field and suffered 24 turnovers.

by: DAN BROOD - BLOCK THAT SHOT -- Tigard sophomore Elise Conroy (left) goes up to try and block a shot by Forest Grove senior Kaitlyn Jamieson in Friday's game.Tigard picked up another key conference win on Tuesday, as it bested second-place Glencoe 38-23 in a game played at Glencoe High School. With the win, the Tigers, now 8-0 in conference play, are two games ahead of both Glencoe and Tualatin, who are each 6-2 in league games.

Boschma led a balanced Tiger scoring attack in the victory at Glencoe with 11 points. Carter scored 10 points and Conroy added six.

The Tigers will be back in action on Friday when they host rival Tualatin in a key conference game set to start at 5:45 p.m. at Tigard High School. On Tuesday, the Tigers will host McMinnville in a conference game starting at 6:45 p.m.

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