By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Grizzlies come away with two thrilling wins at Forest Grove

In the girls game, the Grizzlies (9-5, 3-2) fell behind 20-15 after the first quarter and trailed 33-32 at halftime. Mac trailed by three points after the third quarter but fought back in the final minutes.

Grace McMillan, who finished with 20 points and three steals, scored a three-point play with 1:45 left in the game to cut Forest Grove’s lead to 55-54. Audrey McMillan then scored a layup with under a minute to go to give Mac a 56-55 lead. Forest Grove converted the front end of a one-and-one after being fouled to tie the game at 56, and the game went to overtime.

In the extra period, Audrey McMillan scored the first two points, and Forest Grove tied the game at 58. Nicole Long, who finished with 15 points and four steals, stole the ball and made a layup, giving Mac a 60-58 lead. Elizabeth Logsden then added a free throw, and Long also made one free throw. Mac led 62-58, and after Forest Grove scored one more basket, McMillan capped the game with two more free throws.

“It was a real nail biter,” McMinnville coach Sean Coste said. “It was unbelievable.

“Kids made big plays. Kind of a fun win. Kind of a gutsy win.”

Coste said for how young his team is, the win was good.

“They played like they have been there before,” he said.

Audrey McMillan scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds. Montanna Gubrud scored four points and had three steals, and Emily Bliven scored four points. Molly Olsen had four points and four rebounds, and Logsden scored two points. Kerigan Morton also added two points.

Mac plays at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Glencoe.

In the boys game, the Grizzlies avoided a 1-4 start in the Pacific Conference with the close win. Four players scored in double figures for Mac. Gage Gubrud and Taylor Vicknair both scored 11 points, and Vicknair grabbed seven rebounds. Bryce Anderson and Blaine Parkers both scored 10 points. Parker also had nine rebounds and two steals.

Gubrud battled through foul trouble but came through when the Grizzlies needed him. He made two free throws to tie the game at 48 late in the fourth quarter, and after the Vikings scored to go ahead 50-48, he came back with another shot to tie the game at 50. The Vikings had their chances to win the game, but Mac ended up with the ball, and Gubrud put the finishing touches on the game, hitting a floater with 1.7 seconds left to give the Grizzlies the win.

“They were all ones we needed,” Graham said of Gubrud scoring six of his 11 points late in the fourth quarter.

Nicholas Autencio scored eight points, including two 3-pointers. He also had five assists. Matt Long scored two points and had three rebounds.

The win came at a much needed time for the Grizzlies. Mac had lost four of its last five games. The Grizzlies are 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the Pacific Conference. Mac, Glencoe and Forest Grove are tied for fourth in the conference, and the Grizzlies can take a big jump forward today if they beat Glencoe at 7:15 p.m. at home.

“It was good to get a win on the road,” Graham said.”

The Crimson Tide is 4-11 overall. Glencoe lost its first three conference games to Century, Tigard and Forest Grove, but it has won its last two vs. Hillsboro and Newberg.

Graham pointed out that his team has yet to win a home game in the conference. He said he hopes that changes tonight.

“We have a little work to do here,” he said.

Web Design & Web Development by LVSYS