Tigers run away from Grizzlies
NEWBERG – Newberg girls basketball coach Tamie Woginrich called timeout. She had clearly seen enough.
McMinnville had clawed its way back from a 12-point deficit, tying Friday night’s Class 6A Pacific Conference contest at 27 with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter. Grizzlies junior Audrey McMillan had just made yet another basket on her way to a team-high 15 points.
Out of that timeout, the Tigers came alive.
Newberg ended the third quarter on a 12-2 run and kept its foot on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter en route to a 51-36 victory over the Grizzlies.
Nicole Long scored nine points for McMinnville (4-12, 1-6 Pacific), which has lost eight of its past nine games. Tigers post Victoria Eichten scored 14 points, and guard Cristina Bryan added 10, all in the second half.
“We didn’t guard (Bryan) very well,” Mac coach Sean Coste said. “We didn’t adjust.”
A familiar bugaboo reared its head early on, as the Grizzlies’ shots failed to fall. McMinnville made four field goals in the first half but kept Newberg (6-10, 1-6) within striking distance, 25-18, at halftime by drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. (The Grizzlies made 12 of their 18 attempted free throws in the contest.)
“Newberg is one of our big rivals,” Coste said. “I didn’t think we played with emotion. We slowly woke up as the game went on.”
Out of halftime, McMinnville’s defense kept it in the game while the shots began to fall. The Grizzlies forced seven of the Tigers’ 17 turnovers in the third quarter alone and held Newberg to two points within the first five minutes of the period.
As soon as McMinnville tied the game, Woginrich called timeout, and the Tigers took the court with renewed aggression. Mac struggled to defend the 6-foot-2 Eichten in the post, while Bryan’s mid-range jump-shooting capabilities gave the Grizzlies fits.
McMinnville hosts Hillsboro tonight at 6:45 p.m. Century comes to The Furnace on Friday night at 5:45 p.m.