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Tigard will open the playoffs with a home game on Wednesday

TIGARD — Six in a row.

That’s pretty impressive.

It’s especially impressive when you achieve perfection with No. 6.

That’s exactly what the Tigard High School girls basketball team did.

The Tigers completed a perfect Pacific Conference season by rolling to a 62-34 win over Century in a league finale played Tuesday in front of a Senior Night crowd at Tigard High School.

With the victory, the Pacific Conference champion Tigers, who now have won at least a share of the league crown for six straight years, finished the league slate with a perfect 14-0 record while improving to 21-3 on the season.by: DAN BROOD - JUMPER -- Tigard junior guard Lexi Carter goes up for a jump shot over Century's Emily Ellis in Tuesday's game. Carter scored 19 points.

“We’re ecstatic,” Tigard senior post Megan Risinger said of the 14-0 league record. “That’s been our No. 1 goal, and it’s amazing to be perfect. We’re happy with that, but we’re not satisfied.”

“It’s great,” Tiger junior guard Lexi Carter said. “Another conference title — it’s great to get that. Now, we’re going to refocus and get going again tomorrow.”

Tigard will next be in action Wednesday when it will host a Class 6A first-round state playoff game. The Tigers’ opponent and the game starting time weren’t set when the Times went to press.

The Tigers, coming off their perfect league showing, are taking high hopes into postseason play.

“The Rose Garden — you’ll see us there,” Carter said with a smile.

“We’re going to work hard to be ready for the playoffs,” Risinger said. “We have to make sure everything is perfect.”

“We’re going to need to execute on offense and do some fine-tuning on defense,” Carter said.

The Tigers already looked to be strong in those aspects in Tuesday’s game with Century, which fell to 3-11 in league play and to 9-15 on the season with the setback.

“It was a good effort tonight,” Tigard coach Steve Naylor said. “We had some good intensity.”

Tigard got off to a flying start to the contest. A pair of baskets by Carter, including a three-pointer, and a hoop on a drive to the bucket by senior post Julia Santos gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead before the game was even two minutes old, and Tigard wasn’t threatened the rest of the way.

Santos scored another basket and Risinger added four points in the period, which ended with Tigard holding a 17-7 lead.

The swarming Tiger defense then held Century scoreless for the first 6 minutes and 29 seconds of the second quarter. Meanwhile, Tigard opened the period with an 8-0 run that included four points each by Carter and Risinger.

Junior guard Emilee Cincotta sank a three-pointer later in the period and she also scored on a drive to the basket to give Tigard a 30-9 lead with 58 seconds left in the half. The Tigers would go on to hold a 30-11 advantage at the intermission.

Carter scored six unanswered points to start the third quarter. She had eight points in the period, twice scoring on layups following steals and assists by Cincotta.

“Emilee got the tips and we did some give-and-goes,” Carter said. “We were in sync.”

Tigard freshman post Elise Conroy scored on a drive to the basket and junior Hannah Armstead added a pair of free throws later in the quarter, which ended with the Tigers holding a 43-23 lead.

Risinger had four points in the fourth quarter and Cincotta had a four-point play in the period as Tigard closed out the 62-34 victory.

“This was a great Senior Night,” Risinger said. “But I don’t want this to be the last Senior Night.”

In addition to her game-high 19 points, Carter also had three steals and a pair of assists in the victory.

Risinger scored 12 points while also having six rebounds and a pair of steals. Cincotta had 11 points to go with seven steals. Santos had six points and five rebounds. Senior Meeka Mayhew pulled down seven rebounds along with having two steals and Conroy scored six points and had seven rebounds.

“She’s had two really good weeks of practice,” Naylor said of the freshman post.

Tigard, as a team, made 25 of 66 shots from the field while also outrebounding Century by a 41-29 margin. The Tigers also had just 13 turnovers in the game while helping force the Jaguars into 30 miscues.

Freshman Chantal Castaneda led Century with 11 points.

Prior to the win over Century, Tigard scored a 57-16 win over Forest Grove in a league game played Friday at Forest Grove High School. Cincotta scored 18 points in that game, Carter had 13 and Risinger added 11.

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