The Tigers try to rally, but fall to Skyview at tourney

LAKE OSWEGO — The Tigard High School girls basketball team didn’t get a win.

But the Tigers still may have benefitted — in more ways than one.

First, Tigard got to go up against some talented competition. The Tigers also may have learned a valuable lesson.

Tigard, getting off to a slow start, and not being able to rally its way totally back, fell 54-33 to Skyview, Wash., in a Swoosh Bracket first-round game at the Nike Interstate Shootout, held Friday at Lake Oswego High DAN BROOD - FIRM GRIP -- Tigard High School junior Kaylie Boschma fights to keep the ball away from a pair of Skyview players in Friday's game at the Nike Interstate Shootout held at Lake Oswego High School.

“It was good to play a good team like that,” Tigard senior guard Emilee Cincotta said after the game. “But we could tell that we weren’t ready to play at the start. We battled back, and that was good. But we lost the game in the first few minutes. We definitely learned a lesson.”

“For sure, we’ll be ready next time,” Tigard junior Kaylie Boschma said.

Skyview of Vancouver, a Washington state power and defending Greater St. Helens League champion, improved to 6-0 on the season to that point with the win.

“That’s a very good team,” Tigard coach Steve Naylor said. “They’ve got a great point guard and a great post. They’ve very disciplined. I think it was good for us to play a quality team like that.”

Tigard moved to 3-3 on the season at that point with the setback.

The Tigers, in Friday’s game, found themselves in an early deep hole. Skyview, getting three straight baskets by senior post Jocelyn Adams, jumped out to a 13-0 lead with 4 minutes and 25 seconds left in the first quarter.

Tigard didn’t get on the scoreboard until Boschma sank a jump shot with 4:01 left in the opening quarter. The Tigers got a basket on a drive to the hoop by senior guard Lexi Carter later in the period, but they ended up trailing 19-5 going into the second quarter.

Skyview upped the margin to 25-9 after senior Aubrey Ward-El sank a three-pointer with 5:37 left in the first half.

But that’s when the Tigers started battling back. Cincotta started the rally with back-to-back baskets. Then, after a Skyview hoop, Tigard got a layup by senior Jessie King off an assist by Carter and consecutive three-pointers from Carter and Boschma to trim the lead to 27-19.

Boschma connected on another three-pointer later in the period, but Skyview went on to hold a 32-22 halftime lead.

The Tigers picked up their rally attempt again early in the third quarter.

Carter started the period with a steal and layup and Cincotta followed with a driving bank shot to trim the Skyview lead to 32-26 with 6:51 left in the third quarter.

“We kept working hard,” Boschma said. “Shots started falling and we played with a lot of energy.”

But the comeback seemed to take a lot out of the Tigers.

The Storm scored the game’s next 11 points to take a 43-26 lead. Tigard didn’t score again in the third quarter until Boschma sank a short-range bank shot off a pass from junior Faithe Wantland coming with 33 seconds left in the third quarter.

Skyview kept rolling in the fourth quarter, pulling away in the final stanza to get the 54-33 victory.

“They fought,” Naylor said of Tigard’s comeback attempt. “They did a good job with that, but it took a lot of work.”

Boschma was Tigard’s leading scorer in the contest with 10 points. She also had four rebounds and a pair of steals. Carter had nine points and three steals and Cincotta had seven points to go with seven steals.

Tigard, as a team, made 14 of 42 shots from the field.

Also for Tigard in the contest, sophomore post Elise Conroy, who suffered a sprained ankle the day before the Tigers’ season-opener, saw her first action of the season. Playing a couple minutes near the end of the third quarter, the 6-foot-3 Conroy had a rebound.

Ward-El led all scorers with 19 points. Adams added 11 points for the Storm.

Tigard bounced back from the loss in a big way, getting a 57-52 win over Westview in a tourney consolation quarterfinal game played on Saturday.

Carter scored 20 points in that contest. Cincotta had 18 points and Boschma added 11.

On Sunday, Tigard was edged 50-43 by Corvallis in a tournament consolation semifinal game. Carter had 13 points in that game and Cincotta added 12. The loss evened Tigard’s season record at 4-4.

Tigard was scheduled to conclude tourney play Monday with a game against West Albany. Due to early holiday deadlines, results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday when they play at Milwaukie in a non-league game scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

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