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First-quarter shutout lifts Beavers past Jesuit


Beaverton's girls use a 13-0 first-quarter edge to beat Jesuit

by: MILES VANCE - MUSCLE UP - Jesuit's Alzena Henry and Beaverton's Gigi Stoll wrestle for control of a reound during the Beavers' 47-33 win over the Crusaders at Jesuit High School on Friday.

BEAVERTON — The first rule of holes, they say, is when you want to get out, stop digging.

But Jesuit’s girls basketball team dug the hole too deep on Friday, and Beaverton was only too happy to help.

The Beavers held the Crusaders scoreless in the first quarter of Friday’s game, grabbed a 13-0 lead and never trailed en route to their 47-33 Metro League victory at Jesuit High School. The win lifted Beaverton’s Metro record to 3-1 (13-5 overall) and kept the Beavers in a second-place tie with Southridge, one game behind league-leading Westview.

“It was a good victory,” said Beaverton sophomore Gigi Stoll, who led her team with 11 points against Jesuit. “Got to give Jesuit credit — they always play hard, but I’m glad we pulled through.”

“We knew we needed to put them away. It was a good team effort,” said Beaverton senior Alexis Montgomery, who added nine points, all in the second half.

For its part, Jesuit was proud of its efforts in the last three quarters — the Crusaders cut Beaverton’s lead to seven points early in the fourth period — but knew that its early hole had been just too big to overcome. The loss dropped Jesuit’s Metro record to 1-3 (5-12 overall) and left the Crusaders in a fourth-place tie in league with Aloha.

“In the first half, we just showed up but we didn’t play,” said Jesuit senior guard Sophie Leroux, who had nine points in the loss. “To get down 13 like that and see that we lost by 14, it’s frustrating but it shows we have potential. We just have to put four quarters together.”by: MILES VANCE - UP AND OVER - Beaverton's Allison Mueller lofts a shot toward the basket as teammate Dagny McConnell and Jesuit's Sophie Leroux look on during the Beavers' 47-33 win on Friday night at Jesuit High School.

As to that first quarter, it was an unmitigated disaster for the Crusaders. Jesuit went 0-for-5 from the field, but its real problems came against the Beavers’ full-court press. Chasing the Crusaders all over the court, the Beavers forced 14 turnovers in that opening quarter — they forced 30 Jesuit TOs in the game — and converted those miscues into seven points.

Beaverton didn’t exactly set the world on fire offensively in the first, either, making just 4-of-15 shots from the floor and 4-of-10 free throws, but pulled ahead 13-0 thanks to eight Stoll points, the last three of those on a trio of foul shots to make it 13-0 with 29 seconds left in the quarter.

“Our defensive plan was to play super hard, just keep the ball in front of us and play really hard,” Montgomery said. “We knew we had to play hard defense the whole time to win.”

Jesuit’s Lauren Glick broke her team’s scoreless stretch after 7 minutes and 46 seconds when she knocked down two foul shots with 6:14 to go in the second period, but things actually got worse for a while after that. Beaverton tacked on an 8-1 run that stretched its lead to 21-3, with Alyssa Christiansen scoring five straight points and Annalise Beshears hitting a pair of free throws for that 18-point lead with 2:56 to go in the half.

While Jesuit continued to struggle from the field in the third quarter, the Crusaders began to get to the free throw line regularly and began to creep back into contention. Down 15 points at the start of the third quarter, Jesuit moved with 25-16 with 3:21 to go in the frame after hitting 8-of-12 at the line, with Leroux knocking down 6-of-8 in that span.

A basket by Montgomery and a Christiansen “three” made it 32-21 entering the fourth, but there, Jesuit opened with a Leroux steal and breakaway hoop, then a three-point play by Emily Allen to close within 33-28 with 7:10 to play.

But the Beavers made sure the Crusaders got no closer. Montgomery scored five points in the fourth quarter and teammate Emma Kennedy turned in a three-point play to help seal their team’s win.

“The second half was different. I don’t really know what happened with the refs, but we adjusted and we faced adversity and we pulled through,” Stoll said.

“I think it was the third quarter where we started closing the gap, but we’ve got to do that for all four,” Leroux added. “They’re a good team, but honestly, we need to be ready to play.”

For the game, Christiansen added eight points for Beaverton, while Tarea Green led Jesuit with 10, while Allen and Glick had six each.

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