Basketball -- Tigers start strong and never look back in their 66-18 win over Milwaukie
by: DAN BROOD, BIG GAME — Tigard sophomore guard Corinn Waltrip drives to the basket in Saturday’s game. Waltrip had 10 points, five assists and five steals in the 66-18 win.

HILLSBORO - The Tigers' first win was a big win - and an impressive win.

The Tigard High School girls basketball team, dominating from start to finish, picked up its initial victory of the season as it rolled to a 66-18 win over Milwaukie in the consolation game of the Century Tournament, held Saturday at Century High School.

'This was real important,' Tigard junior post Brittany Duty, who scored 12 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, said of the picking up the first win. 'It was good to come out and play our game.'

With the win, the Tigers evened their season record at 1-1. Tigard opened its season Friday with a 59-51 loss to Reynolds in a first-round game at the Century Tournament.

'It was nice to get this win,' Tigard sophomore guard Corinn Waltrip said. 'This was a good chance for us to see where we measure up.'

Right from the start of Saturday's game, it was clear that the Tigers were going to measure up just fine against their opponents from Milwaukie.

Tigard scored 18 straight points to start the game, covering the first 4 minutes and 36 seconds of the first quarter.

Waltrip scored eight points, sinking a pair of three-point baskets in the process, and dished out a pair of assists in the scoring spree.

The Tigers, with junior post Heidi Pizer scoring 10 points in the period, went on to claim a 26-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the opening quarter, the Tigers shot at a 10-for-32 clip from the field, they forced Milwaukie into 13 turnovers (with Waltrip coming up with four steals) and they outrebounded the Mustangs by a 21-4 margin.

Duty did most of the damage on the boards for Tigard in the opening period. She had 12 rebounds in the quarter, including 11 on the offensive end.

'I just kept going after it,' she said with a smile.

Tigard started the second quarter with a 10-0 scoring run, with senior guard Erica Hansen scoring five points, as it pushed its lead to 36-4 with 4:38 to play in the first half.

The Tigers went on to hold a 39-11 advantage at the intermission.

Tigard then began the third quarter with yet another scoring run. The Tigers, with Duty scoring four points and Hansen adding three, scored the first nine points of the period to push the margin to 48-11 with 4:44 to play in the quarter.

Tigard, with a senior Stephanie Bedard scoring on a follow-up shot, went on to take a 52-15 lead into the final stanza.

Junior Alysha Brannon scored four points in the fourth quarter, while Duty, Pizer, junior Caitlyn Bese, junior Sarah Rehm and junior Jessica Bedell each added a basket as the Tigers closed out the 66-18 victory.

'It's good,' first-year Tigard coach Steve Naylor said of his first win with the Tigers. 'We were in a situation where we were coming off a tough game from last night and tonight we were a better team than who we were playing. But the girls kept the intensity up. We were aggressive, that hurt us last night, but we can be a good defensive team. A lot of it will come down to just being smart.'

Pizer led the Tiger scoring attack in Saturday's game with 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting. She also had nine rebounds.

Hansen and Waltrip each scored 10 points and Brannon added eight.

Waltrip and Hansen each also dished off five assists.

'I'm comfortable with either one of them handling the ball,' Naylor said. 'And they're both good floor leaders.'

Tigard made 27 of 75 shots from the field in the win and outrebounded Milwaukie by a 55-22 margin.

Senior Alicia Tallman led the Mustangs with seven points. Milwaukie made seven of 36 shots from the field.

In Friday's loss to Reynolds, Waltrip led the Tigers with 23 points. Hansen and Duty each scored nine.

Duty, Pizer and Bedell each fouled out of that contest.

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