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Basketball: Tillamook dominates fourth-quarter paint, tops Scappoose 50-44

Freshman Lea Brodala leads Scappoose with 13 points


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose freshman Lea Brodala cuts to the basket during the second half of the Indians' loss to Tillamook on Feb. 17.The playoff hopes for the Scappoose girls took a hit on Tuesday night, as the Indians fell behind in the fourth quarter and eventually lost 50-44 at the hands of Tillamook.

The final game of the regular season for Scappoose will be on Friday at Banks, where Scappoose will take on the 10th-ranked Braves in a rematch of a 44-24 loss earlier this year.

Tuesday's loss was a stark tale of two haves for the visiting Cheesemakers. For first 16 minutes, Tillamook fired away at Scappoose from long range, knocking down four three-pointers to break up the zone. Scappoose led 19-18 at halftime thanks to a host of attempts at the line.

The second half was nearly all in the paint for Tillamook, and it worked — quickly. Alyssa Spang stole and scored early in the third period, but Tillamook went on a 6-0 run to grab a 24-21 lead, drawing three fouls from Scappoose in the process.

One foul was especially costly. Sophomore Kaylie Kopra leapt for a rebound on the defensive end and came down holding the ball with her elbows high, protecting the rock. Unfortunately, one elbow connected strongly with the face of a Cheesemaker, sending Kopra to the bench with her fourth foul.

With Kopra, the Indians' tallest player and biggest frame in their all-important defensive zone, on the bench, it was open season in the painted area. The Indians' saving grace was the fast break, as Spang and Brodala connected on several quick strikes to draw five consecutive Tillamook fouls down the stretch of the third quarter.

Back-to-back buckets from Tillamook to start the fourth and a big three-pointer from Kaylin Hammond quickly put the visitors up 35-29, a deficit which reached seven points moments later.

In spite of the foul trouble, Scappoose had a solid shot at the four minute mark of the fourth quarter. Freshman Lea Brodala, who led Scappoose with 13 points, connected on a shot while falling sideways and picked up a foul to boot. A made free-throw would have drawn Scappoose within three points, but the freebee clanged off the rim and Tillamook was able to quickly run their lead to 46-38 with time running short.

Behind Brodala's team-high offensive production were ten points and four steals from Spang, seven points from senior Bella Sykes and five from fellow senior Sara Tinning, playing in the final home games of their high school careers.

Kopra finished with four points and four rebounds, while Kendal Bailey had three points and a team-high seven boards.

Scappoose will close the regular season on Friday at Banks, with tip off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

Tillamook 50, Scappoose 44

TILLY 10 8 10 22 — 50

SCAP 11 8 8 17 44

Scoring: Spang 10, Sykes 7, Tinning 5, Bailey 3, Easterly, Brodala 13, Kopra 4

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