Tigard girls finish strong at Holiday Classic
The Tigard High School girls basketball team wasn't able to win its first game at the Portland Holiday Classic, but the Tigers bounced back to finish strong.
The Tigers, after falling to Benson to open play at the tournament, rallied to get wins over McMinnville and Camas, Wash., at the tournament held last Thursday through Saturday at Franklin High School.
With the 2-1 tourney mark, Tigard upped its season record to 9-2.
The Tigers opened the tourney last Thursday with a 52-44 loss to Benson in a Diamond Bracket quarterfinal game.
Junior guard Kennedy Brown paced Tigard in that contest with 14 points. Junior Delaney Leavitt added 12 points. Senior Campbell Gray had eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Senior Paige LaFountain led the team with three assists and senior Dani Lyons had a pair of steals.
Tigard bounced back on Friday to score a 54-37 win over McMinnville in a consolation bracket semifinal contest.
Brown again led the Tiger scoring attack, this time with 18 points on a 7-for-15 shooting night from the field. She also had a pair of steals.
Leavitt and Lyons each scored 12 points, with Lyons also having five rebounds and four steals. Gray had a strong overall game with six points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. LaFountain dished off four assists and sophomore Ajae Kadel had four points to go with three steals.
Tigard finished tourney play on Saturday with a 50-44 win over Camas in the consolation bracket final.
Gray scored a team-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots and two steals.
Brown had eight points and two steals. Leavitt scored seven points. Lyons had six points, five rebounds and three steals. Kadel scored six points and LaFountain had six assists.
The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday, when they host Canby in a Three Rivers League opener starting at 7 p.m. at Canby High School.