Wildcats win thriller over Central Catholic
Westview avenges an earlier loss to the No. 2-ranked Rams Tuesday
LAKE OSWEGO - Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold.
But when the Westview girls basketball team served Central Catholic a 48-47 loss in the first round of the Nike Interstate Shootout on a chilly Tuesday, it made the Wildcats feel warm all over. The win lifted Westview's record to 4-3 and reversed a 68-61 loss to the Rams (7-1) from two weeks earlier.
The win also sent the Wildcats on to a quarterfinal match-up against South Medford played yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times' press deadline.
'We decided we had nothing to lose,' said Westview junior guard Delanie Parry, who led her team with 20 points, including the game-winning basket inside the final two seconds. 'We wanted to come out very hard, be aggressive, make our shots and defend. That's what we came to do.'
'We played really hard in the game before, but we didn't anticipate it like this one,' said junior post Sarah Curl, who finished with 10 points, four of those in the final 2 minutes, 16 seconds. 'This game, we came out wanting it really, really badly.'
'We did get our money's worth out of it,' added Westview coach Lindsay Strothers. 'We lost to them by six last time and they killed us on the boards, so the whole mission today was to keep them off the boards as much as we could and not miss layups.'
The Wildcats did a pretty good job at both those goals on Tuesday, as well as limiting the damage done by Central stars Kailee Johnson (16 points) and Jordan Reynolds (14 points).
In fact, after Central opened the game with a 6-1 edge, the Wildcats used their defense and running game to take control of the contest, outscoring the Rams 11-4 over a span of 3:30, with Parry scoring once on the fast break and later hitting a three-pointer to give her team a 12-10 lead with 2:11 to go in the period.
Westview kept the pressure on too, hitting five of its first nine shots in the second quarter to push ahead 24-15, with Toni Doroha hitting a 'three,' Parry scoring in the lane and on the break, and Jaime Nared converting a three-point play and then tacking on two more free throws with 2:19 left before the half.
Even better, the Westview 'D' limited Central to just 2-of-14 shooting in the period.
'They play with, and against, each other in the summer so they know each other and it's kind of a rivalry,' Strothers said. 'There's no jitters - it's just 'Get after it.''
But this game wouldn't be decided until the final seconds. The Rams shut down Westview's fast break in the third quarter, held the Cats to 1-of-9 shooting from the floor and forced five turnovers to set the stage for their comeback.
Offensively, Central got baskets from five different players in the third, including a three-pointer from Tyleur Kotzian-Upshaw and an inside score by Adriana Torres with 23 seconds left in the frame to cut Westview's lead to 33-31.
As exciting as all that was, it paled in comparison with what was ahead in the fourth, a period that included three ties, and later, four lead changes in the final 51 seconds.
Central got back even at 33-33 on a hoop by Baylee Newman in the first minute of the fourth, but Westview pushed back in front 39-35 thanks to three Parry hoops, the last of those on a fast break assisted by Nared.
But the Rams, who got nine points from Reynolds in the final period, took their first lead since the opening quarter when Reynolds rebounded her own miss and scored to make it 45-44 with 51 seconds remaining.
From there, the two teams traded turnovers, Westview got an inside hoop from Curl set up by Doroha to lead 46-45 with 18 seconds remaining, and Central answered with two Reynolds foul shots that put Central back ahead 47-46 with 11 seconds to go.
Next, the Wildcats pushed the ball down court, then saw Parry drive into the left-hand side of the lane and loft a running right-handed shot over Central's Amantha Hood that dropped cleanly with just over a second left on the clock.
'That was crazy,' said Parry, who hit 9-of-17 shots from the floor in the win. 'We were supposed to run a play, but that didn't work out so I just went to the hole to see what I could get.'
Nared added 13 points in the win before fouling out late in the fourth, and Curl had 10, including a 6-for-6 day at the foul line.
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