Timberwolves beat Mac to the ball, game
In the Class 6A Pacific Conference opener for McMinnville girls basketball, the Grizzlies were temporarily knocked off course.
Tualatin put together a dominant second half against the Grizzlies, making 12-of-21 field goals (4-of-7 from three-point range) and outscoring Mac 41-21 as the Timberwolves won, 59-41, Friday night at The Furnace.
The Timberwolves (6-3, 1-0) pressed the Grizzlies (3-7, 0-1) in the backcourt and played physical defense. McMinnville handled the pressure well at the start but struggled later on; the Grizzlies made six field goals in the second half and turned the ball over nine times.
“In the first half, we battled,” Mac coach Sean Coste said. “In the second half, the game became really physical. We didn’t handle it well.”
Tualatin senior Lindsay Barrow led three Timberwolves in double-figure scoring with 15 points. Savannah Heugly scored 14 points, and Jasmine Miller added 10 points.
Senior forward Emily Bliven led the Grizzlies with 18 points, 12 of which came in the first half. McMinnville did not shoot particularly well in the first half (31.6 percent) but its ball movement was effective and the Grizzlies looked to attack the basket more than they had in previous games.
“In the first half, we did a good job of controlling the tempo,” Coste said. “When we got it into the halfcourt, we did a good job executing.”
Mac took a 20-18 lead in the third quarter but came out flat, scoring two points in a 5-minute, 30-second span as the Timberwolves pounced. Tualatin made seven of their 13 attempted field goals in the period to take a 38-27 lead.
The Grizzlies largely kept pace in the Timberwolves but struggled down the stretch, with two points (both on free throws by Bethany Mohler) in the final 2:30 of the fourth quarter as Tualatin pulled away.
Audrey McMillan scored eight points for McMinnville.
The Grizzlies host Hillsboro tonight at 5:15 p.m. before traveling to Century High School on Friday for a 5:15 p.m. game.