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Crusaders rally for playoff victory

Jesuit advances to the second round with win at Tualatin


TUALATIN — For three quarters, things weren’t really going Jesuit’s way.

In fact, it looked like the Crusaders’ season was eight minutes away from ending.by: DAN BROOD - GETTING READY - Jesuit senior Mariah Gibbs gets ready to make a move in her team's win over Tualatin on Feb. 27.

But the Jesuit girls team turned things around in a big way in the fourth quarter. The Crusaders, outscoring Tualatin 26-14 in the final stanza, posted a 52-44 win over the Timberwolves in a Class 6A state playoff first round game played Feb. 27 at Tualatin High School.

“We had to take a deep breath,” said Jesuit freshman Kate Andersen, who teamed with fellow freshman Jasmine Gross to score 21 of her team’s 26 fourth-quarter points.

“The seniors and everyone pushed through and really helped,” said Gross, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. “We were all part of the win. We started talking and kept being positive.”

The win, its fifth straight, lifted Jesuit's record 11-14 after a third-place tie in the Metro League on the season at that point.

“We’re very happy right now,” Andersen said.

Tualatin, the No. 2 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season at 15-8.

The Timberwolves came out strong in last week’s playoff tilt. Tualatin held a 22-18 halftime advantage and then upped its lead to 27-20 after senior Britta Hall converted a three-point play with 4 minutes and 57 seconds left in the third period.

Jesuit, getting baskets by junior Emily Allen, sophomore Tarea Green and Andersen, trimmed the margin to 30-26 at the end of the third quarter.

Tualatin kept control in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, and took a 35-30 lead when sophomore Nicole Miller scored on a layup with 5:59 left in the game.

That’s when Jesuit stormed back. The Crusaders got a three-point play by Andersen and a pair of free throws by Gross to tie the game at 35-35 with 4:32 remaining. Another free throw by Gross gave Jesuit a 36-35 lead with 4:23 remaining.

Tualatin regained the lead at 37-36 when Hall made a pair of free throws with 4:09 left to play, but a three-point basket by Andersen gave Jesuit a 39-37 lead with 3:57 remaining and the Crusaders wouldn’t trail again.

A putback by Gross gave Jesuit a 44-40 lead with 2:28 remaining. Green followed that up with a 6-foot jumper and Gross added another foul shot to make the score 47-40 with 1:13 left in the game.

Hall’s second three-pointer of the fourth quarter trimmed the margin to 47-43 with 1:01 left to play, but Andersen went 2-for-2 from the foul line and Green converted a three-point play in the final 40 seconds to help Jesuit wrap up the 52-44 win.

“The nerves hit us,” Andersen said of the decisive fourth quarter. “But without everyone, we couldn’t have done it.”

Jesuit made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 11-of-16 free throws in the fourth quarter, where the Crusaders also outrebounded Tualatin by a 9-3 margin.

“We went young, and the freshmen played a big part,” Jesuit coach Jason Lowry said. “And we dealt with their press. Instead of turning the ball over, we stayed in control.”

Green led Jesuit with 20 points, Gross scored 12 points (all in the fourth quarter) and Andersen had 11.

Hall led Tualatin with 17 points.




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