The Glencoe girls basketball team came ready to play Tuesday night.

Boy, did it HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoe post Lillie Hamel goes up for a shot as teammate Kayla Hyppolite and Hillboros Anna Mathisen look on during the Crimson Tides 53-23 victory on Tuesday.

Taking on Hilhi in a crosstown rivalry game, the Crimson Tide knocked down two 3-pointers in the first two minutes, doubled up the Spartans by the end of the first quarter and sailed away in the second half for a 53-23 victory at Hillsboro High School.

Courtney Clayton led all scorers with 15 points, and underclassmen Kayla Hyppolite and Abby Anderson also reached double figures in a well-balanced effort for the Tide.

With the win, Glencoe improved to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the Pacific Conference, good for a tie for second place heading into tonight’s round of games. Hilhi dropped to 12-2 and 2-2.

“Courtney came out real aggressive, and she kind of set the tone as our senior, which was huge for us,” Tide coach Dylan Hettrich said. “I think Kayla kind of fed off that, then Abby came in and got a couple lay-ins. She got her confidence back and got going a little bit. That was good to see.”by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoes Jordyn Feinauer puts up a shot during the Crimson Tides 53-23 victory on Tuesday.

Thanks in significant part to the triple-pronged attack of Clayton, Anderson and Hyppolite, the visitors took a 24-10 lead into the intermission as Hilhi struggled with coaxing shots to go down.

But the Spartans showed some signs of life in the third quarter. After Hyppolite opened the period with a free throw, Hilhi went on an 11-6 run fueled by Lauren Lykins, who scored all seven of her points in the charge.

That spurt, capped by Tarea Green’s drive midway through the stanza, trimmed the margin to 29-19, but the Spartans never could get within single digits.

Instead, when Lillie Hamel put back an offensive rebound and Hyppolite knocked down a 3-pointer and a score on a Clayton feed over the next two minutes, Glencoe went up by 15 again and never looked back.

“I was really just proud of how we played,” Clayton said. “We knew it was going to be a battle with them. They’re a really good team.”

Earlier, Clayton proved she was ready to go from the opening whistle, canning a 3-pointer a few seconds into the game.

Hilhi looked like it also might be up to the task when Green answered with a shot from outside the arc about 30 seconds later.

“When she came out and hit that three at the very beginning, I thought we were going to be in for a long night if she’s hitting threes,” Hettrich said about Green, who scored a team-high 11 points.

But Hyppolite, who scored 11 points in all, nailed a 3-pointer of her own, as if to prove even at that early juncture that Glencoe had the upper hand.

The Tide got a lot of help from Anderson, who proved to be a tall drink of sparkplug all evening. A new role of coming off the bench seems to suit the 6-foot-1 Tide freshman. She picked up her 12 points with an array of moves in the low post as well as a soft touch from the free throw line.

“I have no problem coming off the bench,” Anderson said. “I take pride in the role of being the sixth man, just bringing more energy to the floor. I love doing that.”

For Hilhi, the loss comes during a bit of a mercurial stretch for the Spartans, who started the season 10-0 before splitting their first four league contests. On Tuesday, the team battled defensively and maintained a steady level of effort throughout but could not get shots to fall.

“We did not play well. We did not put the ball in the hole,” coach Sara Harsin said. “It’s tough to win games when your best shooting percentage for a quarter is 23. It’s not going to be favorable.

Defensively, we did what we wanted to do. We were getting the looks.”

The next chance for Hilhi to get back on a winning track and for Glencoe to build on its recent run of good play is tonight, when both teams kick off varsity doubleheaders.

Hilhi welcomes Tualatin at 5:45, while Glencoe hosts Newberg at the same time.

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