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Beaverton girls win their way back to 6A tournament


The Beavers race by McNary and Sheldon to make the top eight

The Beavers are back.

The Beaverton girls basketball team, building on the success of its 2013 Metro League co-championship, won its 10th and 11th straight games in the first two rounds of the Class 6A state playoffs, beating Newberg and Sheldon to play its way back into the Class 6A state tournament after missing out on in 2012.

The eighth-ranked Beavers (21-5) face top-ranked Three Rivers League champion Oregon City (22-1) in the state quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Beaverton 63, Newberg 26

BEAVERTON — Beaverton opened the state playoffs in impressive fashion, destroying Newberg 63-26 in its playoff debut at Beaverton High School on Feb. 27. The No. 25 Tigers, the fourth-place team from the Pacific Conference, ended their year at 13-12.

The Beavers, led by 11 points each from Danielle Hartzog and Alexis Montgomery and 10 by Gigi Stoll, raced out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, then ended all conversation with a 13-0 edge in the second that pushed their lead to 32-8 at the half.

Beaverton kept the heat on in the second half, just kept scoring and rolled to its 37-point victory. Amanda Steele led Newberg with six points.

Beaverton 76, Sheldon 70

BEAVERTON — The Beavers got a better test in round two against Special District 1 champion Sheldon, but showed once again that they were up to it.

Hosting the Irish at Beaverton High School in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday, the Beavers took control in the first quarter, extended their lead in the second, did it again in the third and held on to win comfortably in the fourth.

The Beavers, getting 27 points from Montgomery, 15 from Hartzog and 11 by Stoll, led 21-6 after one quarter, 40-30 at halftime and 56-40 after three before the Irish closed things up in the fourth.

Beaverton also got nine points from Sydney Boechler in the win, while Leah Nicklason had 20 for Sheldon, Sarah Hall added 16 and Hannah Rodrigues 14 in the loss for Sheldon.

Sheldon ended its year at 20-6.