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PREPS: Too much Nared for Blues in 6A opener

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Westview's Jaime Nared shoots over two St. Mary's Academy defenders in the second half, as the Wildcats advance in the Class 6A girls basketball tournament at Moda Center.St. Mary’s Academy held Westview High’s Jamie Nared in check for the first half. After that, though, the 6-2 senior wing bound for Tennessee took over the game.

Nared scored 22 points after intermission en route to a game- high 32 points, and the No. 6-seeded Wildcats upset the No. 3 Blues 59-49 in Wednesday night's Class 5A quarterfinals at Moda Center.

St. Mary’s will play Tigard at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket.

Westview moved into the semifinals against Oregon City at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Pioneers beat Tigard 67-44 in Wednesday's last quarterfinal.

“We’ve got to lean on each other,” Blues post CeCe Wooten said, of the facing consolation play. “This is a tough loss, but it’s important that we stick together and remain a team coming into the next game.”

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - St. Mary's Academy's Tyschal Blake shoots against Westview's Dana Bentz in the first half of their state quarterfinal.Nared made 11 of 25 shots from the field, including 2 of 7 from beyond the arc, and she pulled down 14 rebounds.

It was her 9-for-11 shooting from the free-throw line that had St. Mary’s coach Art Rojas annoyed, though. After the game, Rojas was nonplussed by the officiating.

“She started getting some calls,” Rojas said. “We started getting in some foul trouble, and we weren’t able to get after her the way we did in the first half.

"Bendu (Yeaney) and Tyschal (Blake), who have never really been in foul trouble, both got in foul trouble, and it hurt us. We weren’t able to play with the same aggression that we were playing with early on.”

Nared got help from Ashley Scoggin, who scored 13 points, and Hailey Garrity, who had 10. Westview finished 21 of 57 from the floor (.368).

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Martina McCowan (left) of St. Mary's Academy and Westview's Dana Bentz go for the ball.Wooten’s 19 points led the Blues. “My putbacks were really going well,” she said.

Martina McCowan added 11 points for the Blues, who made 17 of 50 from the floor (.340).

St. Mary’s (22-4) was in the game most of the night, with Westview (21-5) only extending the lead into double figures in the fourth quarter.

The Blues tied the score at 25-25 with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter, as McCowan stole the ball at midcourt and went for an uncontested layup.

Westview regained the lead less than a minute later on a running jumper by Nared. The basket led to a 10-2 Westview run.

With one second remaining in the third quarter, the Blues' Sydni Dalton converted a four-point play that brought the Blues within striking distance at 37-31.

Westview continued going to Nared, though, and she continued to deliver.

St. Mary’s had led most of the second quarter. Then, the Wildcats went up 19-17 on a 25-foot 3-pointer by Nared from the left side.

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Bendu Yeaney of St. Mary's Academy takes a jumper at Moda Center.St. Mary’s had a miserable time trying to score in the second quarter, finishing with just five points in the period.

“We started rushing things a little bit,” Rojas said. “We had a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers. Then we shot poorly from the free-throw line.”

Defense ruled the first half, with St. Mary’s going 7 of 23 from the field (.304) and Westview making 7 of 23 (.269).

The Blues led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. St. Mary’s got all of its points from Wooten (8) and McCowan (6), and the Blues did a fabulous job of holding Nared in check, limiting her to 2 points on 1 of 4 shooting.by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Ashley Scoggin of Westview High brings the ball up court against Tasia Bilbrew of St. Mary's Academy.