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Tigers fall to hot-shooing Pioneers in opener

Girls basketball: Oregon City sets a tourney record with 13 three-pointers in its win
by: JAIME VALDEZ FAB FROSH — Tigard freshman guard Lexi Carter (left) looks to get to the ball before Oregon City’s Jade Lowery can in last Thursday’s quarterfinal game.

PORTLAND - Nothing feels good about feeling helpless.

Just ask the Tigard High School girls basketball team.

The Tigers must have had that dreaded helpless feeling as they watched Oregon City hit three-point basket after three-point basket - with many of those shots coming from way behind the arc - when the teams met up in a Class 6A state tournament opener.

The Pioneers, in fact, turned in a record-breaking performance as they sank 13 three-pointers as they pulled away from the Tigers in the second half on their way to getting a 66-36 victory in a state tournament quarterfinal game played last Thursday at the Rose Garden.

'They're a real good shooting team,' Tigard senior guard Kelsey Kaelin said of Oregon City. 'They had three players who could all knock it down from way out there - what are you going to do?'

'No doubt, they can shoot,' Tigard coach Steve Naylor said. 'It's just one of those things. We missed some layups early, and they really got into a rhythm.'

Oregon City, with the victory, moved to 23-4 on the season at that point.

The Pioneers' 13 three-point baskets broke the old single-game state tournament record for three-pointers of 12, set by Franklin back in 2009. The Quakers needed 37 attempts to make their 12 three-pointers. Oregon City took just 25 three-point attempts on its way to breaking the record.

'They played a great game,' said Tigard junior post Maddie Black, who paced the Tigers with 15 points. 'We didn't expect them to shoot like that.'

Tigard dropped to 23-5 on the season at that point with the setback.

The Pioneers, with sophomore guard Montana Walters sinking two three-pointers and with sophomore Jenae Paine adding another, sprinted out to a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Oregon City opened the second quarter with a three-pointer by senior Jordy Klebaum and a jumper by Paine to push its lead to 22-7 with 6 minutes and 35 seconds to play before halftime.

But that's when the Tigers came storming back.

Tigard, getting baskets from Black and senior post Katie Hollingsworth and a pair of free throws by junior Jessica Roshak, trimmed the margin to 24-13 with 4:52 left in the second quarter.

Oregon City came back with a three-pointer by Walters to quickly up the lead to 27-13. But the Tigers answered back in a big way.

Tigard went on an 9-0 run that included a pair of baskets by Black, one each by Kaelin and freshman a three-pointer by Roshak, trimming the Oregon City lead to 27-24 with 46 seconds left in the second quarter.

Oregon City, getting a three-pointer from Paine with 32 seconds left before halftime, upped the margin to 30-24 at the intermission.

The Pioneers then all but put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Tigard 25-0 in the period.

Oregon City made seven three-pointers in the period, getting three from Klebaum, two from Paine and one each from Walters and junior Jade Lowery. Tigard, meanwhile, went 0-for-8 from the field in the quarter, which ended with the Pioneers holding a 55-24 lead.

Black converted a jump shot off an assist from Kaelin to open the fourth quarter and end Oregon City's 28-0 scoring spree. Black scored eight points in the final stanza and Kaelin added four in the period, but it wasn't enough to get the Tigers back in the game, as the Pioneers closed out the 66-36 win.

Paine was the game's top scorer with 16 points. Walters and Klebaum added 12 apiece for the Pioneers. Oregon City senior post Aly Holterhoff came close to recording a triple-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Oregon City, as a team, made 24 of 45 shots from the field. The Pioneers were also a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

'They were pretty impressive,' Naylor said.

In addition to Black's 15 points, Tigard got 10 points from Kaelin and five from Roshak.

The Tigers made 15 of 41 shots from the field and five of their seven free-throw attempts.