Tigard stays unbeaten in league play with a 68-38 victory

HILLSBORO — It’s well known that the Tigard High School girls basketball team boasts a stifling brand of defense.

But, guess what, the Tigers can also put a bunch of points on the scoreboard.

Just ask Century.

Tigard, turning its domineering defense into easy transition baskets on offense, rolled to a 68-38 win over the Jaguars in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Century High School.

“Century plays a fast-paced game,” said Tigard senior post Megan Risinger, who scored a game-high 20 points in the victory. “And we were ready for that.”

“Our focus is on defense,” Tigard senior post Meeka Mayhew said. “But we can also get going up and down the court.”

Century fell to 6-9 on the season and to 0-5 in league games to that point with the setback. Tigard upped its overall mark to 12-3 while also improving its league-leading Pacific Conference record to DAN BROOD - ONE-HANDED -- Tigard junior Lexi Carter goes up to the basket during the Tigers' win at Century.

“Every single game is just as big as the others for us,” Risinger said. “Anyone in this league can take anyone.”

Right from the start of Friday’s game, it appeared that Tigard certainly wasn’t taking anything for granted.

With Tiger junior guard Lexi Carter scoring the first five points of the game, and with junior guard Emilee Cincotta sinking a foul-line jumper off an assist from Mayhew, Tigard jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 2 minutes and 26 seconds into the contest.

Risinger and Mayhew each had a pair of baskets later in the opening quarter, which ended with Tigard holding a 17-5 lead. The Tiger defense helped force Century into 1-for-8 shooting from the field and nine turnovers, including four steals by Cincotta, in the period.

Risinger opened the second quarter with a short-range bank shot to up the lead to 19-5, but Century came fighting back. The Jaguars got a three-pointer by freshman Jade Bevandich to start a 9-0 run, which trimmed the margin to 19-14 with 3:26 left in the period.

Risinger ended the Century run with a jumper. Tigard junior Courtney Roshak followed with a three-pointer to push the Tiger lead to 24-14 with 1:21 remaining in the half.

Cincotta and Mayhew each added a basket in the final minute of the quarter to give Tigard a 28-18 advantage at the intermission.

The Tigers then took off in the second half.

Tigard scored 18 points in the third quarter, on 9-for-15 shooting from the field. Cincotta and Risinger each scored six points in the period, which ended with the Tigers holding a 46-27 lead.

The Tigers kept pulling away in the fourth quarter.

Tigard put together a 12-0 run, which included two baskets each by Carter and Cincotta as well as hoops from Risinger and Roshak, to open up its biggest lead of the game, at 62-31, with 3:42 left in the game.

Junior post Stephanie King added a basket and junior guard Hannah Armstead went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute of the contest to cap off Tigard’s 68-38 victory.

“We feel like we have to win every game, and we always look to get better,” Mayhew said.

“This was definitely fun,” Risinger said. “Emilee and Lexi did a great job on defense tonight.”

Risinger scored her 20 points on a 10-for-16 shooting night. She also had seven steals and three assists.

Cincotta had a strong overall game with 14 points, eight steals, six rebounds and no turnovers. Carter added 15 points and a pair of steals.

Mayhew had six points, three steals and a team-high seven rebounds.

“That’s something I focus on,” she said.

Tigard, as a team, made 31 of 62 shots from the field.

Junior post Chandler Montgomery led Century with 16 points.

The Tigers picked up another league win on Tuesday as they sprinted past Hillsboro for a 47-27 victory in a game played at Tigard High School. Risinger led the way with 17 points in that game. Carter and senior Julia Santos each scored eight.

Tigard will be back in action Friday when it hosts Forest Grove in a league game starting at 5:45 p.m. On Tuesday, the Tigers will be home to face Glencoe at 7:15 p.m.

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