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Barlow girls fall in the first round to Tigard

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Ashley Long turns toward the basket for a layup attempt.

First-round playoff

Team Score
#3 Tigard

TIGARD — The Barlow girls basketball team put together some solid spurts, but in the end No. 3-ranked Tigard ran away with a 55-28 win in the first-round of the 6A playoffs Tuesday night.

The Bruins used their speed on the defensive end to hold Tigard to only one basket on its first five possessions.

While Tigard wasn’t hitting its shots, they were pounding the boards, earning multiple chances at the hoop on most possessions. That sparked a 13-point flurry that zipped the Tigers in front 16-2 by the end of the period.

Barlow worked to get back into the game with another solid stretch to start the second quarter. Renick Meyer got through the middle of the lane for a layup. Meyer and point guard Caitlyn Pemberton each earned trips to the free-throw line to add a few more points.

Barlow had a chance to crawl closer, but left a layup on the front of the rim and misfired on a 3-point try from the corner.

Tigard’s Paige LaFountain and Campbell Gray knocked down 3s on back-to-back possessions to send their team into the locker room with a 28-11 lead.

The Tigers maintained a double-digit margin the rest of the way.

Tigard (22-3) hosts another Mount Hood Conference foe in Friday's second round when Central Catholic (16-9) travels across the river.

View photos from Tuesday’s game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, March 4, print edition.