by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Westview's Jaime Nared takes a shot against Oregon City.

PORTLAND - Torrid shooting from Oregon City and a dismal first quarter were too much to overcome for the Westview girls basketball team as it fell to the eventual state-champion Pioneers, 70-52 on Friday.

The 6A semifinal loss marked the third consecutive season the Wildcats dreams of a state title were dashed at the Moda Center.

Despite the loss to an Oregon City team it had defeated by two points in January, Westview bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 49-40 victory over Metro League rival Beaverton to grab third place. The Wildcats finished the season with a 23-6 record, while the Beavers (21-8) took fifth in the Class 6A brackets.

On Friday evening, Westview senior Jaime Nared scored 23 points on nine of 18 shooting and pulled down 15 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to take out the red-hot Pioneers, who knocked down seven of 12 three-point shots in the first half and nine of 18 overall. Nared and fellow senior Olivia Williams each hit a pair of threes for the Wildcats, but Westview made only 4 of 19 as a team.

“When we played (Oregon City) the first time, it was a group effort and we had a sense of urgency,” Nared said. “This time, everyone was nervous and we didn’t make adjustments that we needed to.”

The Wildcats got off to a promising start when Nared buried a jumper from beyond the three-point arc to give Westview an early 3-2 lead. But things turned sour from there as four different Oregon City players made three-point shots during what turned out to be a decisive 14-0 run.

“They came out and were ,hitting all their three-pointers,” said Wildcats junior Alia Mahuna. “On our side of it, I think we were more prepared the first time we played them.”

Senior Dana Bentz made a jump shot for Westview’s only other basket of the first quarter and the Wildcats trailed 18-5 at the end of the period.

“You can’t afford to get that far behind,” Westview head coach Lindsay Strothers added. “They were on fire.”

The Wildcats were much more competitive the remainder of the game, especially in the second quarter, when they outscored the Pioneers, 21-19.

After Williams hit a three, Bentz converted a conventional three-point play, and Nared scored off an offensive rebound and a steal, Westview trailed only 24-16.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Westview's Hailey Garrity and Dana Bentz go for the loose ball against Oregon City.

Although the Wildcats did an excellent job crashing the boards and out-rebounded Oregon City, 38-26, it seemed the Pioneers hit a big shot every time they needed one.

Oregon City picked up where it left off in the second half, scoring five quick points to extend its lead to 42-26. Westview would not cut the deficit below 12 the rest of the way.

A pair of second-half Wildcats’ highlights came when Bentz— who had a nice game with 12 points— took a pass from sophomore Hailey Garrity leading to another three-point play, and Nared made an NBA-range three.

Sophomore Ashley Scoggin chipped in with three points, and fellow sophomore Bria Thames and senior Brittany Carlson each had a hoop for Westview.

The Wildcats once again found themselves behind at halftime against Beaverton on Saturday. This time, though, Westview would not be denied as it outscored the Beavers, 20-11, in the fourth period for the win, as well as league bragging rights.

“Taking third in the state was cool, and coming out ahead of (Beaverton) was great,” Mahuna said. “I think we will still have a strong team next year. We have strong chemistry on and off the court.”

As usual, Nared led Westview with 30 points and 13 rebounds in her final game with the Wildcats. Scoggin added six points, including a pair of big jump shots in the final quarter.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Westview's Bria Thames takes a shot against Oregon City.

“Motivation was that it was the seniors’ last game and last chance to win for Jamie,” said Strothers. “We’ll have to do a whole lot of work to do (next season). We’re going to need to run, press, and pick up our defense.”

The Beavers were led by Danielle Hartzog and Gigi Stoll, who dropped in 12 points apiece.

Nared, who captured Oregon’s Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year Award, was also selected for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Girls Basketball Game, that will take place on April 2 at Chicago’s United Center.

The game will tip off at 4 p.m. Pacific Time and be televised live on ESPNU.

“It’s such a tremendous honor to be able to play with the best players in the country,” Nared said. “I didn’t expect it.”

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