Westview's girls beat McNary and West Linn to reach tourney

ROCK CREEK — Nothing but a return trip to the Class 6A state tournament would have sufficed for the Westview’s girls basketball team this year.

The fifth-ranked Wildcats, the 2012 state runners-up and 2013 Metro League co-champs, made sure they got what they wanted on Saturday night. Westview, led by 20 points from Delanie Parry and 18 by Jaime Nared, knocked off West Linn 68-44 at Westview High School in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs and guaranteed that return trip to state.

“It feels good to get back (to the Rose Garden) especially being a senior,” Parry said. “It was a good team effort and everyone contributed.”

The Wildcats, who knocked off West Linn 72-53 earlier in the year, 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 West Linn’s 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, with Parry creating steals and kickstarting her team’s transition game.

“It’s always good to start strong,” Parry said. “We wanted to go out and push the ball and be active on defense, moving our feet and forcing them to the sideline.”

The Lions succeeded in getting Westview in foul trouble, though, 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.

West Linn trailed 38-15 at the break but showed life early in the third quarter. The Lions drew a quick third foul on Nared and went on a 7-0 run, 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 maintained its lead with tough defense.

Nared started to make her presence felt when she reentered the game, routinely getting to the foul line for the Wildcats, while 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 or at the free throw line.

Sarah Curl added 14 points in the win for Westview.

Westview 77, McNary 54

ROCK CREEK — The Wildcats left nothing to chance in their Class 6A state playoff opener, blowing McNary away with a 29-7 edge in the first quarter of their 77-54 home win on Feb. 27.

The WIldcats got 30 points from Nared in their win, another 18 from Parry and 10 each from Curl and Lindley to leave the Celtics far behind.

The 28th-ranked Celtics, the third-place finishers from the Central Valley Conference, ended their year at 14-13.

Westview pushed its lead to 48-19 at the half, then backed off for the final two periods. Teresa Peterson led McNary with 14 points.

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