Westview muscles past Southridge and goes to 4-0 in league

by: MILES VANCE - IN THE KEY - Westview's Dana Bentz gets fouled by Southridge's Tupu Loo during the Wildcats' 55-45 win over the Skyhawks at Southridge High School on Jan. 23.

BEAVERTON — The calendar says it’s just January, but Westview and Southridge’s girls basketball teams went at it like it was mid-March last week.

The Wildcats and Skyhawks, both of whom played in the 2012 Class 6A state tournament, went at it hard again on Jan. 23 at Southridge High School, with Westview fighting off a determined Southridge effort to win 55-45. Coupled with their 65-30 win over Sunset on Friday, the Wildcats lifted their Metro League record to 4-0 (14-3 overall) and gave them a one-game lead over both Southridge and Beaverton.

We just had to “stop their main two players and play good defense,” said Westview senior Lauren Lindley, who had six points in the win. “Offense comes from defense, that’s what (coach Lindsay Strothers) always says, so we just do our work on defense and offense will come, which obviously happened.”

“It was a long game. We didn’t play our best but it was good to get the win,” said Westview junior Jaime Nared, who led all scorers with 31 points and also grabbed 15 rebounds. “We just have to put a full game together.”

The Skyhawks, meanwhile, came back with a 67-51 win over Aloha on Friday to move to 3-1 in league play and 8-10 overall).

“It’s a team effort and we came out ready to play,” said Southridge senior Hannah Rose, who led her team with 16 points. “We knew what we had to do and I think we played well as a team.”

The Skyhawks started fast last week, getting four early points from Rose and a Margaret Brock putback to push ahead 10-5 with 3 minutes, 27 seconds left in the game’s opening quarter.

Westview answered with two Nared free throws and a three-pointer by Olivia Williams to tie the game at 10-10, then settled for a 12-10 deficit at the end of the opening period.

But Westview turned up the defensive heat in the second quarter and shut the Skyhawks down. For the Wildcats, Lindley stepped up to score all six of her points in that second period, working hard inside and grabbing offensive rebounds, while Nared added seven of her 31 in the frame.

It was on defense, however, where the Cats made their mark. Southridge’s last basket had come with 1:10 to go in the first quarter, and its next hoop didn’t come until late in the second when Makenna Bell connected to break her team’s long scoreless streak.

The Wildcats pushed their lead as high as 13 points and kept it there at the half, leading 29-16 thanks to two late Lindley foul shots.

Southridge didn’t go away, though. Bell opened the third period with a three-pointer and the Skyhawks took off on a 12-5 run that included six Rose points, a Kylie Dummer “three” and cut Westview’s lead to just 34-28 with 2:29 to go in the quarter.

Our coaches “said they noticed we needed to attack more,” said Southridge senior Tupu Loo. “We kind of backed away a little bit, but we came back in the third and fourth quarters and attacked more.”

“In games like this, there’s going to be runs — every team’s going to go on runs —so we just needed to keep our heads up and come back harder in that third quarter,” Rose said.

The Cats added a couple late baskets by Sarah Curl to close out the third with a 38-31 lead, then kept the Skyhawks at arm’s length until late in the fourth. There, however, Southridge rallied once more, cutting a 10-point deficit to just three with a 7-0 run over a span of just 19 seconds.

Rose kicked off that stretch when she hit one free throw with 1:39 left in the game, took a Bell pass and buried a “three” from the top of the key 11 seconds later, and Dummer capped that run when she converted a layin and turned it into a three-point play that brought them within 49-45 with 1:20 remaining.

But Nared salted the game away at the foul line, knocking down six straight foul shots in the final 1:13 while the Skyhawks missed their final four shots from the floor.

“Thankfully we won, but we’ve just got to finish it out now,” Nared said. “We want to go undefeated this season and we can’t do it playing like that. We just have to put it all together and I think we will as we finish Metro League.”

For the game, Nared hit 9-of-18 shots from the field (including two three-pointers) and 11-of-14 free throws en route to her 31 points, as well as grabbing 15 rebounds, making two assists and three steals.

In upcoming games, Westview hosts Aloha at 7:15 p.m. Friday and hosts Jesuit at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, while Southridge plays at Beaverton at 7:15 p.m. Friday and hosts Sunset at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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