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Westview girls race away from Cavs to finish fourth

The Wildcats use a 22-8 run in the fourth quarter to win


PORTLAND — Westview wasn’t going to let this chance pass.

The Wildcat girls basketball team, facing Clackamas for fourth place in the Class 6A state tournament at the Rose Garden on Saturday, had one more chance to showcase their considerable talents and did just that. They broke open a tough four-point game, put on a show in the fourth quarter, and raced past the Cavaliers 76-58 to seal up fourth place.by: MILES VANCE - UNDER PRESSURE - Westview junior Jaime Nared shoots over Clackamas' Deeshyra Thomas during her team's fourth-place win on Saturday at the Rose Garden.

“It was a good end to the season and to a high school career,” said Westview senior Sarah Curl, who scored 22 points in her final game, and also had five rebounds and five assists. “It was a good note to end on.”

“It was really exciting,” said Westview senior Delanie Parry, who added 20 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. “We got (a trophy) and we didn’t go out on a bad note so it was exciting.”

Junior Jaime Nared added another 20 points for the Wildcats (along with six rebounds, six assists and three steals), while senior Lauren Lindley came through with eight points and five rebounds.

For three quarters, though, Clackamas made things very, very tough. The third-ranked Cavaliers, the Three Rivers League runners-up, got six first-quarter points from Erica Pagano to offset seven by Westview’s Parry, who hit a three-pointer and knocked down three of her first four shots from the floor to make it 15-15 at the end of the first quarter.

There was more back-and-forth in the second quarter, too, with the two teams combining for five ties in the period and taking the score into the half at 35-35. Clackamas got another six points from Pagano and four each by Deeshyra Thomas and Sydney Azorr, while the Cats answered with eight from Parry (including two “threes”) and four each from Curl and Nared to forge that halftime deadlock.

The Cats tried to run away from the Cavaliers in the third quarter, boosting their lead to nine points twice in the period, the last time at 46-37 when Curl took a Parry pass and buried a jumpshot with 5:54 to go, but Clackamas came back strong after that.

Thomas hit two three-pointers in 55 seconds to cut the Westview lead to 46-45 midway through the quarter, then added a jumpshot 42 seconds later to give her team its final lead at 47-46 with 4:02 to go in the third.

Nared put her team back in front when she took an Olivia Williams pass and hit a jumpshot with three minutes left in the stanza, and Curl added a late layin off a Nared pass to give the Wildcats a 52-48 lead at the end of the period.

The Cavaliers were still within four when Kaitlyn Reiner made a layin to make it 54-50 with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter, but Westview left them in the dust after that, outscoring Clackamas 22-8 the rest of the way. Curl played the biggest role in the wipeout, hitting four straight shots (including a three-pointer) from the floor and another three free throws for 12 points, while Nared added six more and Lindley four as the Wildcats punished the Cavs for their fullcourt press.

“I think this definitely showcased what we can do as a team and we really shined in the fourth quarter,” Curl said.

“They played really hard, but we pulled away in the fourth quarter, thankfully,” Parry said.

Then, after getting their fourth-place trophy, the Wildcats were left to reflect on another extremely successful season.

“We’ve really become a family over the years and bonded a lot,” Curl said. “We’ve gone through some hard times and some really good times and that just builds up our friendship and our team overall.”

“We just love each other as a team,” Parry said. “That’s what I’m going to remember most, my team.”

Thomas led the Cavaliers with 16 points and five assists, Pagano added 14 points and four blocks, and Azorr had 10 points.

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



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