Tigard girls enjoy runaway victory
TIGARD — Everyone got to play.
Everyone got after it.
The energy was high, on the court and on the bench.
And everyone was having a good time.
In other words, it was a good night for the Tigard High School girls basketball team.
The Tigers stayed perfect in Three Rivers League play, running to a 56-25 win over Newberg in a league game played Tuesday at Tigard High School.
"That was a lot of fun," Tigard junior post Dani Lyons said with a smile after the game. "It was a lot of fun with our bench, and with all the energy we had."
"When everyone gets in the game, its totally fun," said Tigard sophomore guard Kennedy Brown. "All of the seniors started, everyone got down and dirty. It was good for everyone."
With the victory, Tigard improved to 13-0 in TRL play (18-3 overall), keeping the Tigers alone in first place in the league standings, two games ahead of second-place West Linn.
"We know we have a target on our backs," Brown said.
Newberg fell to 2-11 in league games, and to 4-17 on the season, with the setback.
The visiting Tigers had problems all game long on Tuesday, trying to get its offense going against Tigard's swarming man-to-man defense. Newberg made just six of 34 shots from the field in the contest (one of 14 in the first half), while turning over the ball 24 times to the Tigard defense.
"We've been working on our man-to-man defense," Lyons said.
"We're trying to get better at it," Brown added.
Tigard was never seriously threatened in the contest. The home team got three-point baskets from senior Hannah Jedan, Brown and junior Paige LaFountain in the first quarter, which ended with Tigard holding an 11-2 lead.
Junior guard Campbell Gray scored five points in the second quarter, and Brown and sophomore Delaney Leavitt each sank a three-pointer in the period, helping Tigard push its halftime lead to 27-4.
Tigard would go on to push the margin to 39-15 at the end of three periods.
Lyons then scored six straight points to open the fourth quarter. Jedan followed with a pair of free throws and senior Caitlin Erickson scored on a short-range bank shot, giving Tigard its biggest lead of the game, at 49-15, with 4 minutes and 12 seconds left to play in the contest.
From there, Tigard cruised to the 56-25 victory.
"We have a lot of support on this team," Lyons said.
Gray led a balanced Tigard scoring attack in the win with nine points. She also had six rebounds and a pair of steals. Lyons added eight points and seven rebounds. Brown had eight points and three steals. LaFountain had seven points and four assists. Jedan also scored seven points and Leavitt added six. In total, Tigard had 10 different players score in the contest.
Tigard, as a team, made 21 of 56 shots from the field, with six three-point baskets, and eight of 18 free-throw attempts. Tigard also outrebounded Newberg by a 40-23 margin.
Sophomore Renee Lee led Newberg with seven points.
Prior to the win over Newberg, Tigard bested St. Mary's Academy 56-40 in a road game on Friday. Gray led Tigard in that game with 14 points. Brown scored 11 and LaFountain had 10.
The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday, when it plays at Tualatin in a league game starting at 5:45 p.m.