Lady Vikings shine in a 48-24 league rout of previously unbeaten Hillsboro

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forest Grove senior Kaitlin Jamieson gets off a shot over Hillsboro's Marley Dizney Swanson during last Friday's Pacific Conference opener.HILLSBORO — On Friday night, the surprise was not necessarily that the Forest Grove girls basketball team won against Hilhi.

Rather, it was how Forest Grove won — completely and utterly against a previously undefeated team that was ranked in the top 12 in the state.

Kick-started by two early 3-pointers from senior Emilia Anderson, the Lady Vikings jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter and never looked back, turning away the Spartans 48-24 at Hillsboro High School. The game was the Pacific Conference opener for both teams.

The setback snapped the 10-game win streak on which Hilhi (10-1) opened the season, while Forest Grove (8-3) picked up its third victory in four contests and left Dan Lumpkin as one pleased-as-punch coach afterward.

“I honestly didn’t know what to expect,” Lumpkin said. “They’re a good team. We’re a good team. I figured it was going to be a good matchup. I thought it was going to be a battle, but we came out really executing.”

Senior post Kaitlin Jamieson said that Lumpkin had prepared the team all week for the tilt, which pitted two of the conference’s frontrunners against one another. To get ready, the team even played a scrimmage against the Forest Grove freshman boys squad.

The payoff came in the game, when Anderson and Madi Andresen alternated scoring to put Forest Grove up 10-0 less than three minutes into the first quarter. Anderson drained a 3-pointer about 10 seconds into the contest and then hit another about two minutes later, while Andresen knocked down a jumper and two free throws.

All that put the Spartans back on their heels early, and they never could recover.

“We had a game plan, we executed and we came out with a lot of energy,” Anderson noted. “That was really key.”

By the time McKenzie Long banked a 3-pointer off the glass with less than 30 seconds to go in the first, the score was 18-4 and Forest Grove had pretty much cemented itself in the driver’s seat.

Jameison, who recorded a game-high 18 points, had the first and last word in the second quarter. She opened the period on a feed from Andresen, and her late bucket on a pass from Long opened the score up to 31-10, not far off the final margin of victory.

Meanwhile, the Vikings’ punishing defense was doing a solid job of containing Tarea Green, the Spartans’ excellent 6-foot-4 post. Green wound up with a team-high 14 points, and only six of them came in the first half.

“Our focus was really to keep the ball out of the middle, limit the touches inside, force everything out to the perimeter, and we were able to do that,” Lumpkin said. “We executed beautifully on the defensive end, and then offensively we were patient. We limited our turnovers and moved the ball around and everyone chipped in.”

In the second half, points came a bit more slowly for the Lady Vikings, but the Spartans never got closer than within 20 points. Jamieson put her own personal stamp on the fourth quarter, scoring eight consecutive points for Forest Grove to put the visitors up 47-21 inside the final 90 seconds.

And to think, that outburst came on a night in which the senior post — who had a relatively quiet outing four days earlier in a 47-31 loss to Clackamas, scoring just a handful of points — came into the game with a focus on defense.

“I just wanted to help my team out with defense,” said Jamieson, who got some great passes in particular from Andresen and Long on some of her scores.

“That was my motivation tonight, just to play really hard and to get blocks and stops and just help out my team with defense. I wasn’t even expecting to score.”

But she led the way, while Anderson and Andresen finished with nine points apiece, and Hannah Swanson added six. Green was the only Hilhi player to tally more than three points.

“It’s a great way to start league,” Lumpkin said of the victory. “We’ve been tested through our preseason. We played some tough teams. That prepares you for what you’re going to face in league, and I think we were better prepared because of that.”

The Vikings followed up that season highlight victory with a game Tuesday against Tualatin, another conference contender that was ranked No. 9 in Class 6A entering the week. Results were not available at press deadline.

Next up is another home contest on Friday, this one against Glencoe. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. The boys game between the Crimson Tide and Vikings will follow at 7:15.

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