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Rams race past ice-cold Cats in quarterfinals


Westview's girls fall 55-50 in their first 6A tournament game

PORTLAND — Central Catholic came out and smacked the Westview girls basketball team in the mouth last week.

The Wildcats punched back valiantly in the second quarter of their quarterfinal game in the Class 6A state tournament at the Rose Garden on March 7, but when the Rams connected with another haymaker in the third quarter, Westview just couldn’t get off the canvas.by: MILES VANCE - LAUNCH IT - Westview senior Delanie Parry shoots a jumpshot during her team's quarterfinal loss to Central Catholic on March 7.

Central Catholic used a 39-16 scoring edge in the first and third quarters and rode that advantage to its eventual 55-50 win. The victory sent the fourth-ranked Mt. Hood Conference-champion Rams on to the semifinals, where they beat Oregon City 57-52, and then on to the finals for a 57-36 win over South Medford and a final 26-3 record.

Metro League co-champion Westview, the fifth-ranked team in the state, came back to beat Beaverton and Clackamas to finish fourth overall with a final record of 23-5.

“In the first half, we didn’t come out as a team at all in the first quarter,” said Westview senior Lauren Lindley, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. “We didn’t really play — it was more like spurts of one play at a time. In the second half, we played, but you can’t take one quarter off and expect to have everything come together.”

“We just needed to execute our offense, and we didn’t move around enough which I think was our downfall,” added senior Sarah Curl, who added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. “At some points, I think our intensity fell and it should never do that, especially at the state tournament.”

The Rams started fast against Westview, getting four quick points from Amantha Hood, a jumpshot by Jordan Reynolds and another from Kailee Johnson to lead 8-0 less than two minutes into the contest.

Central kept the heat on too, getting back-to-back hoops from Tyleur Kotzian-Upshaw and then another Johnson hoop to extend its lead to 16-5 with 15 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

“We didn’t play team basketball like we’ve been playing for most of the year,” Lindley explained. “We weren’t executing anything.”

The Wildcats turned the corner in the second period, though, and muscled out a 17-8 scoring edge in the quarter to cut the Rams’ lead to 24-22 at the half. Indeed, Westview scored 17 of the first 22 points in the quarter to tie the game at 22-22 when Curl knocked down one free throw with 1:42 remaining in the half.

Prior to that, Delanie Parry kicked things off with a three-pointer for Westview, Jaime Nared added another “three,” and Parry cut the gap to 18-13 on another jumpshot. Parry followed with one free throw, Alia Mahuna made a steal and scored in the key, Nared took a Parry pass and converted a three-point play, Dana Bentz scored on a putback, and Curl hit another foul shot for that 22-22 tie.

Central got a late hoop from Hood at the end of the first half, then ripped off a 23-11 edge in the third quarter to take control at 47-33. Reynolds, Johnson and Kotzian-Upshaw were the main drivers there, with Reynolds hitting 4-of-5 shots and scoring eight of her 14 points, while Johnson added another seven and Kotzian-Upshaw six.

The Wildcats fought back within 54-46 when Lindley rebounded a Nared miss and scored with 1:56 to go, but still trailed by seven in the final minute and never got closer until Lindley scored again with eight seconds left to play.

“You could just see it at moments that we weren’t in it. We can’t let that happen,” Curl said. “We just didn’t give everything we had, I guess.”

“We weren’t composed. We were more like scrambling to get to the basket and throwing up a lot of stuff,” Lindley said. “We came on at the end of the game, but we didn’t play at the beginning.”

For the game, Nared hit just 4-of-25 shots from the field and scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made four steals, while Parry scored 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting and had two assists and two steals. Johnson led Central with 17 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks, Reynolds finished with 14 points, three assists and two steals, Kotzian-Upshaw collected 12 points and Hood added 10.

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