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Girls playoff run ends in second round


After topping Grants Pass, the Lions cant match up with Westviews early aggressiveness

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Sidney Kolasinski splits a pair of Grants Pass defenders in West Linn's opening-round playoff win over the Lady Cavers.The West Linn girls basketball team knew that making a return trip to the Rose Garden would be a difficult task and the Lions came up one win short.

After knocking off Grants Pass 60-52, fifth-ranked Westview proved to be too quick and too physical in a 68-44 victory on Saturday.

The Wildcats, who had knocked off West Linn earlier in the year 72-53, looked every bit the part of a legitimate state title contender on their home court, forcing a glut of turnovers from the Lions and playing swarming defense.

After Ashley Johnson hit a three-pointer to open the game, Westview forced four consecutive turnovers and went on a 15-0 run. The Wildcats got their hands on multiple West Linn passes and point guard Delanie Parry was a ballhawk, creating steals and kickstarting her team's transition game.

“In the first half we weren't aggressive enough. I don't think our kids thought they could take them off the dribble,” coach Glen Lee said.

The Lions succeeded in getting Westview in foul trouble and scored their final five points of the first quarter from the foul line.

West Linn got into the bonus early in the second quarter but missed the front end of one-and-one free throw attempts twice.

Westview went on another 12-0 run to up the lead to 35-11 and the Lions only made three field goals in the entire first half.

“We were out-hustled and they were a lot more physical than us. We were afraid of getting swatted,” Lee said.

West Linn trailed 38-15 at the break but showed life early in the third quarter. The Lions drew a quick third foul on Westview's Jaime Nared and went on a 7-0, capped by a three-pointer from Julia Boyd-Helm.

Westview missed a handful of shots from close to the basket early in the quarter but continued to maintain its lead with tough defense, refusing to give up anything easy in the paint.

Nared started to make her presence known when she reentered the game, routinely getting to the foul line for the Wildcats.

A late hoop from West Linn's Sidney Kolasinski cut the lead to 20 points with one quarter to play.

Lauren Lindley had six quick points to open the fourth quarter for the Wildcats while the Lions started to find some offense from behind the three-point line.

Courtney Landis came off the bench to hit three three-pointers and finished with a team-high 11 points. All but 10 of West Linn's points came either from the three-pointer of at the free throw line.

West Linn into the second round with a hard-fought win over Grants Pass last Wednesday.

Genna Hughes paced the Lions in the first half and had one of the best overall games of her career in the victory.

The Lions found Hughes for three early hoops and she had seven of the team's first nine points.

After trailing 8-5, West Linn went on a 7-0 run but Grants Pass kept the pressure on by getting good looks on offense.

A late hoop and foul gave the Lady Cavers a late lead in the period but a big three-pointer from Landis staked the Lions to a 20-19 advantage after the opening quarter.

West Linn continued to feed Hughes inside and she also was successful knocking down put-backs as the Lions struggled from the outside.

West Linn opened on a 10-0 run to gain some separation but Grants Pass rallied, hitting a late three-pointer to cut the lead to six points. The Lady Cavers had three opportunities to get the lead to four in the closing seconds but their final attempt spun out. Hughes had 18 points for the Lions at the half.

Kolasinski sparked the Lions early in the third quarter, coming up with an acrobatic save and then knocking down a three-pointer seconds later.

The Lions were a bit sloppy on offense early in the quarter but Grants Pass failed to take advantage.

West Linn won the game on the glass, out-rebounding Grants Pass 38-27.

The Lady Cavers had one late run in them, cutting the lead to six points with just over a minute to play.

Boyd-Helm then knocked down a pair of clutch free throws and Grants Pass missed a pair of one-and-ones.

“We almost gave it back to them. Give their kids credit, they played hard,” Lee said.

Hughes hit two more free throws, giving her 21 points for the game to go along with nine rebounds as the Lions hung on for the win.

West Linn should be primed to make another push for the state tournament next year as the team loses just two seniors in Boyd-Helm and Megan Longtain and will also get point guard Brittany Smith back after she missed this season with a torn ACL.