By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Tualatin gets better of Grizzlies in first meeting of the season

Senior Taylor Vicknair led McMinnville with 20 points and four rebounds, and junior Gage Gubrud scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had five assists, but it wasn’t enough to again overcome one sub-par quarter.

“It’s kind of hard to find a way that we lost,” McMinnville coach Willie Graham said. “It was just tight. I don’t know.”

Mac plays at 7:15 p.m. today at Hillsboro.

The Grizzlies led 15-13 after the first quarter and outscored the Timberwolves (6-4, 1-0) 23-18 in the second quarter. Mac led 38-31 at halftime. Tualatin came out streaking in the third quarter and scored 27 points to take a 58-54 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Mac scored 23 points in the final quarter, but the Timberwolves did just enough down the stretch to win.

“They made the last shot and we didn’t,” Graham said. “That’s just how it goes.”

Graham said prior to the game that it was going to be a matter of keeping the Timberwolves from getting out in transition. They are the state’s top scoring team and have twice broken the century-mark.

“For the most part, I felt like we did a good job of dictating the tempo,” Graham said. “Overall, we did a good job of handling the pressure.

The Grizzlies have lost four of their last five games and play 1-10 Hillsboro tonight. Graham said it still wasn’t a gimme-game.

“We do not play well at Hillsboro,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

The Grizzlies have lost their last four games by an average of 4.5 points.

Nicholas Autencio scored 14 points, and Blaine Parker scored nine points and had eight rebounds. Matt Long scored six points and had six points. Bryce Anderson scored eight points.

McMinnville 61, Tualatin 41

The McMinnville girls basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t catch up Friday with Tualatin on the road.

Bethany Mohler scored 17 points, Molly Olsen scored eight points and Grace McMillan added six, but Mac (6-4, 1-0) lost its second game in a row.

Tualatin outscored Mac 17-13 in the first quarter and 18-11 in the second quarter and led 35-24 at halftime. The Grizzlies were outscored 36-17 in the second half.

McMinnville coach Sean Coste said it was an unusual game. He had six players foul out, and the Timberwolves shot 61 free throws. Coste said by the end of the game he had five players left and two of those had four fouls.

“It was a tough night foul-wise,” he said.

The Timberwolves were 33-for-61 from the line. Mac was 7-of-24 from the free throw line.

The Grizzlies play at 7:15 p.m. tonight at home vs. Hillsboro (8-3, 0-1), which lost 44-30 Friday at Forest Grove.

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