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Beavers speed past Skyhawks, improve to 4-1 in Metro play

Beaverton's girls use a 32-10 stretch to beat Southridge on Friday


BEAVERTON — It’s only halfway through the 2013 Metro League girls basketball race, but Friday’s Southridge-at-Beaverton contest was a biggie.by: MILES VANCE - GOT IT - Beaverton senior Alexis Montgomery rips down a rebound in front of Southridge's Dayna Carlson during the Beavers' 59-47 Metro League win at Beaverton High School on Friday night.

And the youthful Beavers — who feature four freshman and four more sophomores on their varsity roster — showed that they were ready for the big-time.

Beaverton used a 32-10 run in the second and third quarters to pull away from the Skyhawks on Friday, then held on to win 59-47 at Beaverton High School. The victory lifted the Beavers’ Metro record to 4-1 (14-5 overall) and gave them sole possession of second place at the league’s halfway mark.

“We’ve been practicing for it all week,” said sophomore post Dagny McConnell, who finished with 11 points and three blocked shots. “It’s been a pretty big deal to us to pull through and win this.”

“This was a big game,” added Beaverton junior Danielle Hartzog, who led all scorers with 18 points. “We just talked about outlasting them and keeping the tempo up, and I think we did that well.”

The Skyhawks, who entered the game tied for second place in Metro play at 3-1, left in third at 3-2 (8-11 overall) but convinced that they could still compete with the league’s best teams.

“I think we’ll keep getting better,” said Southridge senior wing Kylie Dummer, who led the Skyhawks with 17 points. “We just need to focus on each game one by one and we’ll do great.”

“I think we just need to work out the little kinks and have complete team unity,” added Skyhawk sophomore McKenna Bell. “We just need to play hard the whole time so we can use the depth of our bench.”

Southridge had it going early on, and did so in great part thanks to Dummer’s long-range shooting. Dummer buried a three-pointer just 35 seconds into the game, hit a jumpshot from the right side 35 seconds later to make it 5-0, then drilled two more “threes” before the end of the quarter, the last of those a bomb from the left side set up by Andie Giles that made it 14-10 with seven seconds to go.

The Skyhawks held serve in the first couple minutes of the second quarter, too, with Southridge’s Hannah Rose scoring twice early in the frame and Margaret Brock converting a three-point play to help her team push its lead to 21-16.

“I think we came out with a lot of good energy and we were playing calm and getting good shots,” Dummer said.

But the Beavers reeled Southridge in quickly after that, tying the game at 21-21 when Tayllor Christensen took a pass from Emma Kennedy and hit a jumpshot from the top of the key with 4:06 left in the first half, then took their first lead at 23-21 when McConnell knocked down two free throws 20 seconds later.

The Skyhawks were still dead-even at 26-26 when Alexa Moiso took a Giles pass and buried a three-pointer at the end of the fast break with 2:01 left in the quarter, but the Beavers took over for good from there, closing the half on a 10-2 run. Hartzog got things started with a free throw, Gigi Stoll added a “three” on the Beavers’ next possession, Annalise Beshears hit two foul shots and scored inside, and McConnell took a great pass from Alexis Montgomery and scored in the final second to make it 36-28 at the half.

Beaverton kept the pressure on at the start of the second half, too, with Montgomery scoring on a lob from Alyssa Christensen, Hartzog converting on a fast break, Alyssa Christensen connecting on a drive, and Stoll making a steal and setting up Montgomery on the break for a 44-28 Beaver lead two minutes into the third quarter. McConnell and Stoll then scored back-to-back hoops to give the Beavers their biggest lead at 48-31.

“We knew if we were aggressive we’d get steals on their passes,” Hartzog said. “And we were running the floor really well and I think they just got tired.”

The Beavers also kept much better track of Dummer, allowing her just one shot in the second period and just one in the third.

“We were able to shut down Kylie Dummer, which was one of our main goals because she’s a fantastic shooter,” McConnell said. “That was one of our main concerns.”

“We did a good job of knowing where she was in the second quarter, and then in the third quarter, we went to the (man-to-man defense) and I think she struggled against that because we were out on her every time,” Hartzog added.

The Skyhawks cut the Beaver lead to 10 points twice in the fourth quarter, the final time at 52-42 when Brock scored inside with 5:55 left in the game. After that, however, the Beaver defense held sway, forcing five turnovers and holding Southridge to just 2-of-9 shooting from the floor the rest of the way.

“We just started getting too many turnovers and giving up too many rebounds which led to runs for them,” Dummer said. And “I needed to find other ways to score by attacking.”

For their part, the Beavers were energized by the victory.

“It kind of lit our fire and we’re ready to continue on and get the next half of our season going,” McConnell said.

“Our coach was talking about how much better we were moving the ball this game, and we just need to do that every game,” Hartzog said. “I think it will give us confidence for future games. I think we’ll do well against the tougher teams we play in the future.”

Montgomery added 10 points and Stoll seven in the win for Beaverton, while Brock had eight and Rose six for Southridge.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.




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