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Wildcats second after rematch against Panthers


The Westview girls basketball team falls 70-67 in the finale

BEAVERTON — The Westview girls basketball team knew this was a big one.

The Wildcats played their way into a rematch of last year’s Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, facing off against defending titlist South Medford in the championship of the Northwest Invitational Tournament at Southridge High School.

While Westview fell short against the Panthers for a second straight time — they dropped a 70-67 decision on Saturday — they know their next meeting might be even bigger.by: MILES VANCE - SHE SCORES - Westview senior Delanie Parry flies over Central Catholic's Jordan Reynolds during her team's Saturday victory in the semifinals of the Northwest Invitational Tournament at Southridge High School.

“I was really pleased with our performance,” said Westview coach Lindsay Strothers. “We’d been talking about effort the previous week and I saw great improvement in our effort.”

In Saturday’s Northwest Invitational finale, Westview jumped out to a 16-10 first-quarter lead behind Jaime Nared and Delanie Parry, and took a 29-25 lead into the half.

The Panthers, however, held the upper hand in the game’s final two periods, outscoring Westview 21-15 in the third quarter to grab a 46-44 lead, then eking out a 24-23 edge in a dynamite fourth quarter to win by three.

There were chances for the Cats to win, too, as evidenced by the team’s 15 missed shots in the key against South Medford.

“After the game, we told them they missed 15 ‘shorties,’” Strothers said. “And they were like ‘15?’ So we’ve been working on finishing.”

Nared led all scorers with 32 points, while Parry added 19 and Sarah Curl 10, with Curl adding seven rebounds and four steals, while Parry and Nared had three steals each.

Kylie Towry led the Panthers with 22 points, while teammate Ashley Bolston added 17 and Yaremi Mejia scored 10.

Westview won its way into the title contest by beating Lebanon 76-56 in its Nov. 29 tournament opener, then knocked off talented Central Catholic 63-49 in its Friday semifinal.

In the win over Lebanon, the Wildcats saw the Warriors battle them on even terms through two quarters and led just 32-31 at halftime. But Westview hit its stride in the second half, put together a 21-11 scoring edge in the third quarter and did it again in the fourth, outscoring Lebanon 23-14 to pull away.

Nared led the way again with 24 points, 12 steals and five rebounds, while Curl added 23 points 11 rebounds, two blocks and four steals, and Parry chipped in 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field (including two three-pointers) and handed out five assists.

Central Catholic provided yet another tough test in Friday’s tournament semifinal, with Westview leading just 12-9 after one quarter and 24-18 at the half. But the Cats hit the accelerator in the third quarter, dropped a 22-8 margin on the Rams and pulled away to win comfortably.

Nared, Parry and Curl got it done scoring-wise yet again, Nared leading all scorers with 26 points, while Parry added 15 and Curl 14. Nared also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game, while Parry had four assists and Curl three steals. Dana Bentz stepped up to grab six rebounds for the Wildcats in the win.

Central Catholic got 24 points from Jordan Reynolds and Kailee Johnson added 19 more, but no other Rams’ player scored more than four.

“Our defensive effort overall was good,” Strothers said. “But we have some things we need to work on with our offense. We should have at least five players scoring and we had three.”

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