The Westview girls basketball team have had a great pre-season as have their hosts on Friday (1/24) night, the Beaverton Beavers. The two schools from Oregon’s large school classification sport 10-4 win-loss records coming into the Metro League opener. The seventh ranked Wildcats from Westview found themselves in a tight contest right from the opening tip, but managed their composure down the stretch and executed their game plan for a 53-50 win over the previously fourth-ranked Beavers.
The Beavers got on the scoreboard early as sophomore guard, Alyssa Christiansen scored baskets in the lane on successive possessions to stake the host Beavers to an early 4-0 lead. Westview scored its first basket nearly two minutes into the game to close the gap to 4-2, then took a one-point lead moments later on a three point shot. The Beavers regained the lead with under four and half minutes left in the opening quarter, when Christiansen scored two more of her team high 14 points.
The Wildcats broke the game open a bit when Senior wing, and University of Tennessee signee, Jaime Nared stole the ball on defense, and driving the length of the court for an easy lay-in, starting an 8-0 Wildcats scoring run. Nared ended the run with a three-point shot from the left wing with just over two minutes left in the opening stanza, giving Westview a 13-6 lead. Beaverton outscored the Wildcats from there 4-2 to end the quarter with the visitors holding a 17-10 edge after one quarter of play.
Beaverton leaned on its Senior leadership in the second frame to cut into the lead and eventually regain the edge for a short time. Senior guard, Danielle Hartzog received a pass on an inbounds play, and pulled up on the right elbow, swishing the shot to cut the lead to three at 17-14. The Wildcats swelled the lead back to seven, before Beaverton made another mini run of their own, and got to within two points when Hartzog made a nifty pass under the basket to fellow senior, Shaunta Jackson, driving to the basket pulling the Lady Beavers closer, only down 21-19 under two minutes before halftime.
Beaverton would tie the game and re-take the lead hitting five of six foul shots down the stretch leading 25-24 with just over a minute before intermission.
Nared answered for Westview ringing the three point bell from the left wing, giving her a game high 11 points at halftime, as Westview led by two 26-24 heading to the locker room.
The game remained ever so tight in the third quarter, with Beaverton pulling even at 30-all ,midway through the quarter. Westview took the lead again at 32-30, and moments later Beavers’ junior Allison Mueller made a layin to tie it and got rewarded with a foul shot, which she swished to complete the three point play to once again put the Beavers ahead by one. The lead swelled to three when Hartzog hit another jump shot in the paint for a 35-32 Beaverton lead, prompting Westview to call a timeout and re-group.
“(Beaverton is) a really good team”, states Nared. “We need to rebound and not let them get (multiple) chance points”. Nared added, that down the stretch her team needed to slow down and be smart with the ball. The Beavers’ full court pressure defense was forcing the tempo of the game a little faster and out of order than the Wildcats really want it to be.
The timeout was profitable, but not a first. Beaverton increased the lead by as much as nine points just into the fourth quarter at 42-33. The Wildcats answered that run with a late run of their own with six straight points, including another three point shot from Nared to trim the lead to 42-37 with just over five minutes to play.
Nared helped her team regain momentum down the stretch, scoring seven of her game-high 27 points, at critical stages of the fourth quarter to win back the momentum. The Senior, Lady Vol to be’s three pointer with over three minutes to play, gave Westview a 45-44 lead. Beaverton regained the edge after a quick timeout at 46-45 and then pushed the lead to three points up 50-47 with under 90 seconds left in the game. Nared scored the final four points of the game in the last ten seconds, swishing four of four free throw attempts, to account for the final score. Beaverton was held scoreless in the final 1:27 of the game, to fall to 10-5 on the season and 0-1 in Metro League play.
Next up for the 11-4, 1-0 and now fourth ranked Wildcats is back to back home games with Jesuit next Tuesday night (Jan. 28) and Southridge next Friday night (Jan. 31). Beaverton will hit the road for its next game on Tuesday at Aloha and will return home on Jan. 31 to play Sunset.