Westview's victory sends it into the fourth-place game

PORTLAND — It almost figured.

Out of all the Class 6A girls basketball teams in the state — 43 of them to be exact — it almost made sense that Beaverton and Westview would run into each other once more at state. The fourth-ranked Wildcats and eighth-ranked Beavers — who already shared the 2013 Metro League championship — met once more at last week’s 6A state tournament, this time battling for their tourney MILES VANCE - UP AND IN - Westview senior Lauren Lindley shoots while defended by Beaverton's Danielle Hartzog (left) and Dagny McConnell in the Cats' Friday win at the Rose Garden.

And this time, it was the Wildcats that held the upper hand, beating the Beavers for the third time in four tries, winning 47-42 in the consolation semifinals at the Rose Garden on Friday. The victory sent Westview into the fourth/sixth-place game where it beat Clackamas 76-58 on Saturday and ended its year at 23-5.

Beaverton, meanwhile, was eliminated from trophy play at state and ended its season with a 21-7 overall record.

“It was tough. It was rough at times, but we pulled it through and now we’re playing for fourth,” said Westview senior guard Delanie Parry, who finished with seven points, three steals and three assists. “I’m just really happy we won.”

“We still didn’t play to our potential, but at least we won,” added Westview junior wing Jaime Nared, who led all scorers with 26 points and also added 10 rebounds and three steals.

The Beavers, who had beaten Westview 17 days earlier to forge a tie atop the Metro standings, left disappointed with the loss but hopeful for their future as well.

“We played each other a lot this year and we know how to play against each other,” said Beaverton freshman guard Alyssa Christiansen, who had five points and three steals in the loss. “I remember being here two years ago and watching the girls play and thinking ‘This is such a cool experience.’ And it’s great we got to experience it ourselves.”

“We had some amazing seniors that helped us get here this year, but I think that we could definitely return and get here again,” added sophomore post Dagny McConnell, who finished with five points, five rebounds and two steals. “It just takes a lot of effort.”

The Beavers stepped out quickly against the Wildcats on Friday, ripping off 10 straight points in a span of 3 minutes, 40 seconds, getting a three-pointer from Gigi Stoll, a McConnell jumpshot, another “three” from Tayllor Christiansen, and then a layup by Allie Mueller following an Emma Kennedy steal.

In the second quarter, the Beavers boosted their lead to 12-4 on a jumpshot by Annalise Beshears, and later, to 17-6 when Alyssa Christiansen turned in a three-point play with 4:12 to go in the half.

The Wildcats woke their offense then and there, however, and closed the half on a 10-3 run that chopped the Beavers’ lead to 20-16. Nared and Westview senior Sarah Curl carried the load in that stretch, with Curl scoring in the key, Nared hitting two free throws, Curl connecting again in the paint, Nared making a steal and breakaway, and Nared adding another short jumpshot to bring her team within 18-16 with 46 seconds to go in the half.

The Beavers got a late Danielle Hartzog jumper to lead 20-16 at halftime, and were still ahead 28-24 after Alyssa Christiansen hit a free throw with 3:12 remaining in the third quarter. But Nared scored six straight points in just 1:19, and Parry then took an Alia Mahuna pass and nailed a three-pointer to give Westview a 33-32 edge in the final minute of the period.

Hartzog stepped up to hit 5-of-6 foul shots in the fourth quarter, the last two of those giving the Beavers a 39-35 lead with 2:45 left in the contest.

The Wildcats weren’t done yet, though, closing the game on a 12-3 run over the final 2:27 to win, with Nared hitting in the key, knocking down two foul shots, converting a three-point play after Curl made a steal, then joining Parry by hitting two more free throws each in the final 29 seconds.

“Since we lost (to them), we were really trying to beat them again. They’re one of our biggest rivals so we were really determined to beat them,” Parry said. “It was close the whole game, but after the first half, we played more team ball and we kept moving the ball around and using everyone on the floor and everyone started to contribute.”

“They started getting more rebounds and attacking the hoop and making their free throws and we struggled with scoring after that,” Alyssa Christiansen added. “But it’s been really cool. I think we can get back here.”

For Westview, Curl added 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals, and teammate Lauren Lindley grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. For Beaverton, Hartzog — she was later named second-team all-tournament — led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Alexis Montgomery added four points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

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