Still, the Warriors celebrate their first state playoff berth since '93
by: Dan Brood PASS IT — Aloha's Anna Moore passes during her team's playoff loss to Tigard.

TIGARD - It ended too soon for the Aloha girls basketball team, but the Warriors still made the 2010-11 season one to remember.

Aloha, the fifth-place team from the Metro League, saw their season end March 3 in a 49-22 loss to Tigard in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Tigard High School.

But just getting there was the key for Aloha, which played its way into the Class 6A state playoffs for the first time since 1993.

After completing their regular season, the Warriors stepped up to beat McMinnville 41-35 in a Class 6A Play-In game and earn their first state playoff berth in 18 years.

Granted, that playoff berth resulted in a first-round game against the Pacific Conference champion Tigers last week. And the Tigers limited Aloha to four points in the first half, and to just six points through three quarters.

Tigard jumped out to an 8-0 lead before turnover-plagued Aloha was able to take a single shot, upped its lead to 12-1 and just kept rolling from there.

Aloha cut the lead to 12-4 when senior wing Brianna Bain converted a three-point play with 1:24 remaining in the first quarter, but that would be it for the Aloha offense for a long time.

In fact, the Warriors weren't able to score again in the first half, and Tigard upped its lead to 34-3 at halftime.

 Aloha ended its scoreless span at 11:17 when senior wing Erica Geller sank a 15-foot jump shot with 6:07 left in the third quarter, making the score 34-6. But the Warriors didn't score again in the remainder of the period.

Aloha, still battling, got a pair of three-point baskets from junior Eno Archibong and five points from Bain in the final stanza. But that wasn't nearly enough to get the Warriors back in the game, as Tigard closed out its 49-22 win.

Black and Hollingsworth led Tigard with 10 points apiece. Bain led Aloha with eight points and Archibong added seven. The Warriors made seven of 36 shots from the field in the game.

Aloha finished its season at 11-15, while Tigard improved to 22-4.

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