By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Grizzlies fall again vs. Crimson Tide

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville sophomore Taylor Petersen goes up for a layup Tuesday vs. Glencoe. The Grizzlies lost 46-37.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
McMinnville sophomore Taylor Petersen goes up for a layup Tuesday vs. Glencoe. The Grizzlies lost 46-37.

The Grizzlies, currently in fifth place, have a chance to retake fourth in the conference with a win tonight. They play at 5:30 p.m. at Newberg (11-10, 6-6). McMinnville has already defeated the Tigers once this season.

The recent struggles have been frustrating, said McMinnville coach Sean Coste, considering the way his team has played. Excluding a 50-16 loss to Tigard, the Grizzlies have played competitive basketball only to be done in by one or two stretches where things didn’t go right.

“It’s too bad,” Coste said Tuesday. “We played well enough to win the game.”

With senior Grace McMillan back in the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for receiving two technical fouls Feb. 12 vs. Tigard, the Grizzlies played a tough and physical game vs. Glencoe. McMillan scored 11 points, leading the Grizzlies in scoring and helping Mac keep Glencoe at bay in the first half.

The Grizzlies fell behind 8-2 after Courtney Clayton hit a 3-pointer with 5:01 left in the first quarter, but Mac ended the quarter on an 9-0 run, punctuated by five straight points by McMillan.

Mac slowed the game down in the second quarter, keeping ahead of the Crimson Tide 16-15 at halftime.

The Grizzlies continued to fight in the third quarter, always answering a Glencoe advance. Glencoe took a 25-22 lead with 1:32 left in the third period, but Molly Olsen hit a 3-pointer, and McMillan again ended the quarter scoring five straight points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the white line to give Mac a 30-27 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Glencoe was able to pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Mac 19-7. Coste said missing shots right at the basket contributed to the loss.

“We got any look we wanted,” Coste said. “We just couldn’t make them.

Nicole Long scored six points for Mac. Audrey McMillan, Emily Bliven and Taylor Petersen all scored four points. Bethany Mohler and Molly Olsen each scored three points, and Elizabeth Logsdon scored two points.

The Grizzlies have two games left in the regular season and still have a chance to end with some momentum. “These last two games are about finding ourselves late in the season,” Coste said. “We will just work on getting better and right and ready for the end.”

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