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Tigers upend Tualatin once again

Newberg’s week started with a bang, beating perennial Pacific Conference power Tualatin 50-47 Feb. 11, but finished with a fizzle, as the Tigers fell 55-40 to Hillsboro a day later and were swept aside by league-leading Tigard 51-29 at home Friday night.

A year ago, Newberg bested the Timberwolves for the first time in nine years, but the outlook wasn’t especially rosy heading into last week’s contest considering Tualatin had blasted the Tigers 87-47 a few weeks earlier.

It certainly appeared like the rematch was headed in the same direction when the visitors took a 13-2 lead to start the first quarter, but turned things around in time to trim the deficit to 17-13 heading into the second. by: SETH GORDON - Season winding down - Marta Burchett and the Tigers will take on McMinnville Friday.

Newberg proceeded to lock down defensively, holding Tualatin to six points in the second frame, while scoring 13 itself to take a 26-23 lead into the break. The Timberwolves pulled even at 37-37 in the fourth quarter and the contest remained tight the rest of the way.

Tori Eichten, who finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, hit a pair of free throws to put the Tigers ahead 46-45 with under three minutes to play, with Hannah Green extending it to 48-45 with another two from the charity stripe with 66 seconds remaining.

Eichten hit two more at the line and the defense held up the rest of the way, holding Tualatin scoreless over the final 4:52.

Marta Burchett led the effort with 14 points, with Christina Bryan adding nine and Taylor Rarick eight.

Newberg and Hillsboro made up their postponed game from Feb. 7, but the Tigers may wish it was never rescheduled as they had no answer for center Tarea Green, who scored 36 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to power the Spartans. Eichten registered 14 points and 11 rebounds of her own and Rarick added nine, but it wasn’t enough.

The Tigers played Tigard much tougher than in their first match-up, a 57-20 rout, but couldn’t muster enough offense Friday.

Newberg did not shoot the ball well in the first quarter and struggled with turnovers in the second to enter the break trailing 31-7. The Tigers turned things around in the third, outscoring the visitors 12-6, but Tigard reinserted more of its starters for the fourth to see the effort through.

Newberg (7-13, 2-9 Pacific Conference) will travel to play McMinnville Friday before closing the season Feb. 25 at home versus Glencoe.



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