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Wolves start fast and finish strong


Tualatin pulls away from Glencoe to notch a 57-40 win

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING SMILES -- Tualatin's (from left) Jasmine Miller, Lindsay Barrow and Baylee Lyle are all smiles near the end of the team's game at Glencoe on Friday. The Wolves pulled away for a 57-40 victory. HILLSBORO — A spectacular start.

A strong, determined finish.

Put it together and you’ve got an impressive, important victory for the Tualatin High School girls basketball team.

The Timberwolves, grabbing an early double-digit lead and then fighting off a Glencoe rally and pulling away late, scored a 57-40 win over the Crimson Tide in a key Pacific Conference game played Friday at Glencoe High School.

“This was a huge win and a lot of fun,” said Tualatin junior post Savannah Heugly, who tied for team-high scoring honors with 16 points. “It’s a great confidence booster. The loss to Newberg (a 53-43 road setback on Jan. 15) got us fired up.”

“It was a long week with finals and being sick,” Tualatin senior guard Baylee Lyle said. “But it turned out to be a good week and this was a big win.”

With the victory, the Wolves improved to 5-2 in Pacific Conference play at that point (9-7 overall), putting them in a tie with Glencoe, which fell to 5-2 in league games (9-8 overall) with the setback, for second place in the league standings. Both teams trail first-place Tigard by two games.

Tualatin, which never trailed in Friday’s contest, got off to a flying start to the game. Timberwolf junior guard Lindsay Barrow went 2-for-2 from the free throw line and she followed that up with a three-pointer from the left corner to give Tualatin a 5-0 lead just 45 seconds into the contest.

Tualatin senior guard Britta Hall also went 2-for-2 from the foul line after coming up with a steal and Barrow drilled another three-pointer to quickly push the Timberwolf lead to 10-0 with 5:47 still left in the opening period.

Barrow, who scored 10 first-quarter points, had another basket in the quarter and Lyle added a free throw and a three-pointer of her own later in the period to help Tualatin take a 16-6 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

“That was very good,” Lyle said of the team’s fast start to the game. “We came in thinking to just go out and play hard.”

The Wolves kept rolling early in the second quarter. Hall scored the first six points of the period to up the margin to 22-6 with 4:45 remaining before halftime.by: DAN BROOD - WE WIN -- Tualatin's (from left) Madison Hall, Baylee Lyle, Lindsay Barrow, Britta Hall, Savannah Heugly and Jasmine Miller gather following the Wolves' win over Glencoe.

Later in the period, Hall had a free throw, Heugly scored on a layup off an assist from Hall and sophomore post Alyssa Knudsen connected on a 17-foot jump shot to push the lead to 31-12 with 1:03 left in the quarter.

But Glencoe, with 6-foot-2 standout senior post Marly Anderson sinking back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute of the quarter, trimmed the Tualatin lead to 33-18 at halftime.

The Crimson Tide then came out storming to start the second half.

Anderson drilled two more three-pointers early in the third quarter and senior Kaylee White added a three-pointer for Glencoe, which closed the gap to four, at 37-33, with 1:39 left in the period.

But Heugly answered back for Tualatin. She sank a short-range jumper with 56 seconds left in the quarter and then she had a steal and buzzer-beating layup to end the period, giving the Wolves a 41-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“That was big,” Heugly said with a smile. “This was such a big game and we knew we could win.”

Glencoe kept trying to fight back early in the final stanza. A three-pointer by junior Courtney Clayton and a follow-up basket by Anderson trimmed the Tualatin lead to 43-38 with 5:38 left in the game.

But the Wolves wouldn’t let the home team get any closer. Hall scored on a drive and she added a free throw and Lyle also scored on a drive to the hoop to push the lead to 48-38 with 3:45 remaining.

Glencoe, getting a basket by sophomore Marissa Fleskes, made the score 48-40 with 3:34 left to play, but the Crimson Tide wouldn’t be able to score again.

Heugly scored on a layup off an inbounds pass with 2:28 left to play to start a 9-0 Tualatin run to end the game. Junior post Jasmine Miller added a layup off a pass from Heughly and Hall and Lyle sank foul shots down the stretch to help the Wolves wrap up the 57-40 victory.

“We were up eight late in the game like we were against Tigard (a 50-48 overtime loss on Jan. 12),” Lyle said. “We were thinking about that. We didn’t want that to happen again. It was a real good feeling at the end of the game.”

“After the third quarter, we knew we had to come out and play harder,” Heugly said.

“The girls played really well,” Tualatin coach Casey Bunn said. “I think they’re starting to become students of the game.”

Heugly, who scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half, also had eight rebounds and five steals in the win.

“She’s such a hard worker,” Bunn said. “It’s good to see her confidence build.”

Hall also scored 16 points to go with four steals and three assists. Barrow scored 10 points and Lyle had eight.

Tualatin, as a team, made 19 of 43 shots from the field and 15 of 25 free throw attempts.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolf defense helped force Glencoe into a 17-for-55 shooting night and 27 turnovers.

“Defense wins games, especially for us,” Lyle said. “That’s what we’re best at.”

“Our defense is our best offense,” Heugly said.

Anderson led all scorers with 18 points.

The Wolves picked up another league win on Tuesday when they posted a 51-28 victory at Forest Grove.

Hall sank three three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points in that victory. Barrow added 13 points. Freshman Abbey Anderson had seven points and Miller scored six.