Injury-plagued Tigers lose two
Class 6A girls basketball Without the depth to play a full-court press, NHS struggles in losses to Forest Grove and McMinnville
McMINNVILLE Riddled with injuries, the Newberg High School girls basketball team is literally and figuratively limping toward the finish line of the season.
The Tigers saw their losing streak stretch to four games last week after a 53-32 home loss versus Forest Grove Feb. 18 and falling 55-41 at McMinnville Feb. 20.
Newberg was missing freshmen point guard Taylor Rarick, who suffered an ankle sprain, for both games.
Against Forest Grove, both center Tori Eichten and guard Hannah Green were slowed by knee issues. If that werent enough, forward Christina Bryan played the game despite being sick.
Newberg stayed close in the first half, trailing 29-22 at the break, but the Tigers managed just one point in the third quarter, helping the visitors to pull ahead by 17.
Eichten led the way with 12 points and eight rebounds. Marta Burchett added 10 points and three steals, but the team made just 12 of its 38 field goal attempts.
We just dont shoot the ball well, head coach Tamie Woginrich said. Thats been our Achilles heel all year long, especially on the road. The games we have shot fairly well have been at home. We just struggle with it.
The lack of depth has also prevented the Tigers from running the full-court press that was so effective early in the season.
That was evident at McMinnville Friday, as the Grizzlies were superior in most categories. The hosts shot 21-for-47 compared to a 14-for-43 performance by Newberg, which was beaten 48-30 on the boards.
Eichten led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds, with Burchett adding nine points and five rebounds. Hannah Green also had nine points and grabbed four steals.
The Tigers (7-15, 2-11 Pacific Conference) closed out the regular season at home versus Glencoe Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) and will compete in a play-in game Friday or Saturday.