The Tennessee-bound senior drops 40 points to push the Wildcats past the Cougars, who finish their year with the most single-season wins in program history.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Sophomore point guard Skylee Doman (center) scored a team-high 16 points March 7 at Portland-Westview, where the Canby girls basketball team finished its season in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.PORTLAND — Well after the final buzzer, when teary-eyed members of the Canby girls basketball team returned to the gym after their postgame meeting, they were greeted with a steady stream of applause.

It was their supporters’ acknowledgement of a valiant effort in what turned out to be their last game of the season.

The No. 11 Cougars proved they were a formidable opponent but sputtered down the stretch of a 68-52 loss to sixth-ranked Westview in a Class 6A playoff game that was much closer than the final score seemed to suggest.

Canby, which entered the second round on the heels of its first playoff win in seven years, ended up one victory shy of its first-ever bid to the state quarterfinals at the Moda Center.

“We wanted to be the team,” senior Morgan Meisenheimer said. “We’re just sad that the season is over. We all want to keep going.”

The Cougars finished their campaign with an 18-9 record, posting the largest win total in program history. They are now 30-20 in two years under coach Brooke Cates, including 10-10 in the loaded Three Rivers League.

Their loss to Westview (21-5) had a great deal to do with the performance of Tennessee-bound senior Jaime Nared, who exploded for 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals in her last high school home game.

The three-time Metro League player of the year helped the Wildcats earn a third-consecutive spot in the quarterfinals against third-seeded St. Mary’s Academy.

Westview has now won 15 of its last 16 games, the only loss a four-point setback against No. 5 Beaverton. The stretch began with a 61-52 win over Canby in nonconference play Jan. 7, when the Cougars led at the end of the first quarter despite dressing just five players due to health issues. Nared amassed 30 points, 17 rebounds and nine steals in that game.

“We tried to get in her head by blocking out super-hard and being super-aggressive with her, not letting her get rebounds and put-backs,” Meisenheimer said of her team’s strategy in the rematch.

Canby shrugged off a seven-point second quarter that included a 17-3 run for the Wildcats to pull even at 45-45 late in the third quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Ashley Evans and sophomore point guard Skylee Doman.

“Then Jaime kind of, you know … ” Meisenheimer said, trailing off.

Nared took over. She made a midrange jump shot and a baseline pull-up to put the Cougars in a four-point hole entering the fourth quarter, and she drained a step-back 3-pointer from the right wing early in the final period to give her team a 52-45 edge it never relinquished.

Canby pulled within 55-49 with a close-range basket by Evans on an inbounds play with about five minutes to play, but Nared responded with back-to-back baskets.

“We weren’t ourselves during that stretch, and then we had to start fouling and that made the (margin) a lot bigger,” Meisenheimer said. “That doesn’t show how we played.”

Doman scored 12 points in the first half to finish with a team-high 16, while junior Taylor Jorgensen added 11 and Evans contributed nine. Meisenheimer and senior Rachel Erbe chipped in seven apiece.

It was the last high school basketball game for Evans, Erbe, Meisenheimer, Neila Kuznetsov (two points), Taylor Lee and Bailey Raines (knee).

“We put so much effort into it,” Meisenheimer said. “We knew we could go far. We are really disappointed that we lost, but we know we played really hard and that it was a winnable game.”

As for topping Beaverton-Southridge in the first round for the program’s first playoff win since 2007 and its third in school history?

“It’s our own little triumph,” Meisenheimer said.



Westview 68, Canby 52

March 7 at Westview High School (Portland)

1 2 3 4 F

Canby 20 7 18 7 — 52

Westview 17 17 15 19 — 68

Canby (52): Skylee Doman 16, Taylor Jorgensen 11, Ashley Evans 9, Rachel Erbe 7, Morgan Meisenheimer 7, Neila Kuznetsov 2.

Westview (68): Jaime Nared 40, Alia Mahuna 10, Ashley Scoggin 6, Hailey Garrity 6, Bria Thames 4, Dana Bentz 2.



A look at Canby’s first two seasons under Brooke Cates:

2012-13: 12-11 (5-5 in the TRL); lost in the first round to Roseburg, 67-61

2013-14: 18-9 (5-5 in the TRL); lost in the second round to Westview, 68-52

Totals: 30-20 (10-10 in the TRL); two playoff appearances (1-2)

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