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The Timberwolves score the game's final four goals in their 10-6 win over Tigard

COURTESY PHOTO: CHRIS GERMANO - Tualatin High School senior Halle Mitchell looks to take a shot during the Timberwolves' 10-6 win over rival Tigard on Monday.For three quarters, the rivals were almost as even as they could be.

But, in the fourth quarter, the Tualatin High School girls water polo team was able to pull away.

The Timberwolves, who found themselves leading rival Tigard at just 6-5 at the end of the third quarter, outscored the Tigers 4-1 in the final stanza to get a 10-6 win in a Three Rivers League opener played Monday at the Tigard Aquatic Center.

With the win, Tualatin not only got off to a 1-0 start to league play, but the Wolves also improved to 9-3 on the season. Tigard moved to 6-5 on the season with the setback.

The Wolves took the first lead in Monday's game, going up 1-0 when sophomore Allie Karsseboom scored with 4 minutes and 48 seconds left to play in the first quarter. Tigard tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by senior Iona Collins, but another Karsseboom goal gave Tualatin a 2-1 lead at the end of the opening period.

COURTESY PHOTO: CHRIS GERMANO - Tigard High School senior Iona Collins (left) tries to shoot past Tualatin senior Abbi Karsseboom during the teams' Three Rivers League game on Monday.The Wolves then started to take control in the second quarter. Tualatin got goals from Karsseboom, sophomore Olivia Parry and senior Halle Mitchell in the period, giving the Wolves a 5-1 lead at halftime.

But Tigard came battling back in the third quarter — in a big way.

Tigard senior Katelyn Wilhoit scored to open the period. Karsseboom answered with a goal for Tualatin, giving the Wolves a 6-2 advantage. But back-to-back goals by senior Emma Parker, and one by Alyana Reiger, helped Tiger cut the lead to 6-5 going into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers then got a goal by senior Penelope Kim to open the scoring in the final period, tying the game at 6-6.

The Wolves regained the lead, at 7-6, when Mitchell scored with 3:30 remaining in the contest. That led to a flurry of late Tualatin goals.

Timberwolf senior Elena Ruybalid scored with 1:11 left to play. Parry scored with 43 seconds remaining, and then Parry scored again in the final 10 seconds, wrapping up Tualatin's 10-6 victory.

Karsseboom led a balanced Timberwolf scoring attack in the victory with four goals. Parry had three goals for Tualatin, Mitchell scored twice and Ruybalid had one goal.

For Tigard, Parker had two goals. Collins, Reiger, Kim and Wilhoit had one goal apiece.

The Tiger girls will be back in action on Wednesday, when they play at Forest Grove in a league game starting at 3:30 p.m. On Monday, Tigard will host Lakeridge.

The Tualatin girls will host Lake Oswego in a league game on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Wolves will be home to play Hillsboro in a non-league contest.

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