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The Wildcats go 2-2 at the 2012 Interstate Shootout at LO

by: MILES VANCE - UP AND OVER - Westview junior Jaime Nared splits two Norcross defenders on her way to scoring two of her 22 points in the Wildcats' quarterfinal loss in the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School.

LAKE OSWEGO — To suggest that Westview's success in the Nike Interstate Shootout was less than what the Wildcats had hoped for would likely be one of the top understatements of 2012.

The Metro League-favorite Wildcats, fifth-ranked in the state, came into the Shootout with visions of tournament championships dancing in their heads. But there were no Shootout trophies left under the Christmas tree for Westview this year.

The Wildcats opened the tournament with a solid win over Willamette, dropped their quarterfinal game to talented Norcross High of Georgia, posted an impressive win over Metro co-favorite in their third game, then fell to No. 7 Tigard in its tournament finale.

“We still have a lot to learn for the season, but we'll get better as we go,” said junior wing Jaime Nared. “It starts in practice. We just have a lot to learn.”

“We already know we can pretty much compete with every team out there,” added senior wing Sarah Curl. “It's just about cleaning things up and then once we do that, we know we'll be good against pretty much any team.”

Westview 48, Willamette 39

Westview hit the ground running in its Dec. 27 tournament opener against Willamette, racing out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and milking that edge the rest of the way to its nine-point win over the Bearcats.

Curl stepped up in that one for a game-high 19 points, while teammate Delanie Parry tossed in 15 more and Nared eight. Willamette cut the Cats' lead to 29-21 at the half, but Westview pushed its edge back to 39-29 at the end of three quarters and rolled to victory from there.

Brittany Glassow led Willamette with 11 points and teammate Lexi Bando added 10 more.

Norcross 60, Westview 55

Facing tournament favorite Norcross High in the tournament quarterfinals, Nared and Norcross star Diamond DeShields turned in a dynamite duel, with Nared finishing with 22 points and DeShields 24 to lead her team to victory.

Westview pushed ahead 49-48 on a Nared foul shot midway through the fourth quarter, but Norcross' Sydney Marshall hit twice from the field in the final 2:27 and Shayla Cooper hit four straight late free throws to lift the Lady Blue Devils to victory.

“Their team was very athletic — I'll give them that, but our defense needs to improve, and possession's everything in basketball so we need to execute better,” said Parry, who finished with 10 points.

“They were a very good ballclub. We just didn't come ready to play,” Nared said. “We have to not be intimidated by our opponents and focus the entire game.”

Curl finished with 10 points for Westview, while Cooper added 18 for Norcross.

Westview 53, Beaverton 43

Next up, the Wildcats came back to meet Metro League co-favorite Beaverton on Saturday, and the Wildcats were ready to go. Big-time.

Westview blasted the Beavers with a 22-2 first quarter, still led 44-23 after three quarters and rolled to victory from there despite a 20-9 Beaverton edge in the fourth.

“It's all about the little things right now,” Curl said. “The team that makes the fewest mistakes ends up winning.”

Nared set the pace yet again with 19 points, Curl kicked in 14 more, Parry had eight and both Bridget Eby and Dana Bentz added six each in the win.

Beaverton's big two — Danielle Hartzog and Alexis Montgomery — ended up with respectable numbers, but they came too late in the game to make a difference. Hartzog ended the day with 13 points and Montgomery 10 more.

Tigard 44, Westview 31

As impressive as their Saturday performance had been, the Wildcats' Sunday performance was just as lacking.

Facing talented Tigard with a chance to finish fourth in the 16-team tournament, Westview just flat didn't have it, managing only five points in the first quarter, five more in the second and four in the third before finally coming to life in a too-little, too-late 17-point fourth quarter.

Nared had another big game with 20 points, but she was all alone offensively in this one, with no other teammate managing more than Parry's three.

“We just need everyone to play hard. It's all the little things,” Nared said. “There's so much we need to do. Our defense, we have to get that way tighter. There's just so many things.”

Meeka Mayhew led the Tigers with 15 points, Lexi Carter added 12 more and Emilee Cincotta 11 more.

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