By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Another OT thriller for Mac girls basketball

Alex Green was fouled by McMinnville sophomore Audrey McMillan on a questionable call with four seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Green missed both of her free throws with the score tied at 42, and that sent the game to overtime, where the Grizzlies (10-6, 4-3) pulled out a 50-44 win at The Furnace.

“The kids are playing really gutsy right now,” McMinnville coach Sean Coste said.

The Grizzlies play at 5:30 p.m. today at Hillsboro.

Audrey and Grace McMillan combined for 28 points, including all eight in overtime, helping McMinnville pull out its second overtime victory in a week. Mac beat Forest Grove on the road Jan. 18 64-60 in overtime.

The Grizzlies led 13-9 after the first quarter and 25-21 at halftime, but Newberg just wouldn’t go away. McMinnville led by nine points late in the third quarter, but Newberg went on a 9-0 run to tie the game at the start of the fourth quarter on a layup by Abbie Woginrich.

“Sometimes we play confident and patient,” Coste said, “but on offense, sometimes we go on stretches where we hurry and start forcing things.”

The Grizzlies fought off the Tigers for most of the fourth quarter, and Mac led 42-39 with 1:55 left in regulation. Woginrich changed that, hitting a 3-pointer with a minute left to tie the game at 42. The Grizzlies had a chance to take the lead but turned the ball over. Audrey McMillan blocked Green with 19.6 seconds left in the game, which set up the final play. Green drove left, stumbled and threw the ball at the rim and was benefitted with a foul call from the baseline referee.

Both of Green’s free throws were long, keeping the Grizzlies alive, and they took advantage in overtime. McMinnville scored the first six points of overtime, and Grace McMillan added the final touches with a layup with five seconds left in the game.

Grace McMillan said the win (and the overtime-win at Forest Grove) show how much the Grizzlies have improved.

“The past couple of years we have really gotten better,” she said. “We no longer think that we are going to lose these games. We’ve been here before and know we can win.”

Grace McMillan scored 15 points, and Audrey McMillan added 13. Emily Bliven and Taylor Petersen both scored six points, and Montanna Gubrud scored five. Nicole Long scored four points, and Molly Olsen scored one point.


Mac swimming

The McMinnville boys swimming team is one step closer to completing another undefeated run through the Pacific Conference.

The Grizzlies dominated Hillsboro 119-53 Thursday on the road, winning nine of the 11 events.

Ryan Coleman, Max Hayes, Julian Perpelitt and Owen Binkerd started the winning off for the Grizzlies in the 200-yard-medley relay. The four finished in 1 minute, 54.97 seconds. Mac’s second relay team also finished third, giving the Grizzlies 10 points after the first event.

Tristan Versteeg won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.79, and Jacob Porter — returning after not swimming the last meet because of sickness — was second in 2:01.26.

The Grizzlies reeled off wins in their next four events. Hayes won the 200 individual medley in 2:19.27, and Graham Shaw won the 50 freestyle in 28.48. Binkerd won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.86, and Versteeg won his second race of the day in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.08.

Hillsboro won the 500 freestyle. Coleman was second in that race, but the Grizzlies responded with a 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Versteeg, Hayes, Graham and Samuel Swenson won in 1:39.55. Mac’s second relay team of Porter, Elliot Morrison, Max Justice and Binkerd finished in 1:39.73.

Binkerd finished second in the 100 backstroke, then Porter won the final individual race of the day in the 10 breaststroke in 1:08.75. Mac finished 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay.

On the girls side, the Grizzlies won 86-82 though it shouldn’t have been that close. Mac didn’t earn any points in the 200 freestyle relay because both of its relay teams mistakenly raced in the junior varsity race that happened right before the varsity event. That was a 12-point swing that helped give Hillsboro some momentum.

“We struggled a bit,” Mac coach Jason Hafner said. “It seemed like their minds were elsewhere.”

Chloe Zinda, Erika Sato, Emily Neel and Rebekah Wood won the 200 medley relay in 2:06.10. Sato also won the 200 I.M. and the 500 freestyle.

Carlisle Topping won the 100 freestyle and also placed second in the 200 freestyle.

Molli Hartzell was second in the 50 free, and Zinda finished second in the 100 backstroke in 1:24.96.

The Grizzlies compete in their final dual meet of the season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at home vs. Century.

Note: Hafner was named Oregon swimming coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations last week for the 2011-12 school year, Mac Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn said.

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