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Wolves' opener worth the wait

Tualatin starts its season with a 50-37 win over Lincoln


by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DRIVE -- Tualatin senior point guard Tessa Bullis (33) quickly gets the ball up court against Lincoln's Abby Eakin. TUALATIN — The players on the Tualatin High School girls basketball team were getting a little tired of battling against each other, over and over again, in practice.

On Tuesday, the Timberwolves finally got a chance to play against someone in a different color uniform — and they made the most of that opportunity.

Tualatin opened its season schedule Tuesday by rolling to a 50-37 win over Lincoln in a non-league game played at Tualatin High School.

“We’ve been real competitive in practice,” said Tualatin senior wing Madi Hall, who scored a game-high 15 points in the victory. “It was nice to finally see an opponent. Tonight was pretty good.”

“We were prepared for this,” Tualatin senior point guard Tessa Bullis said. “We were a little shaky, but it was pretty good for the first game of the year.”

Lincoln fell to 0-3 on the season with the setback. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves were happy with getting their season off to a 1-0 start.

“I was proud of them, and how they did for the first time out,” Tualatin coach Casey Bunn said. “We had some first-game mistakes, but I like the potential. We had a lot of good ideas out there.”

“It was pretty good,” Hall said. “I thought we worked well together and had some good intensity.”

The Wolves showed their intensity right from the start of Tuesday’s game.

by: DAN BROOD - SURE SHOT -- Tualatin senior post Savannah Heugly (32) goes up for a shot in Tuesday's game.A short-range bank shot by senior post Savannah Heugly, a three-pointer by Hall off an assist from Bullis and a basket on a full-court drive by Bullis gave Tualatin a 7-1 lead with 5 minutes and 25 seconds still remaining in the first quarter.

Tualatin got baskets from senior Lindsay Barrow, sophomore Tamika Etherly and junior Jordyn Lyle later in the first quarter, which ended with the Wolves holding a 13-6 lead.

Lincoln scored the first six points of the second quarter to trim the margin to 13-12, but that just seemed to ignite another Tualatin scoring run.

Hall got that scoring spree started in a big way by drilling back-to-back three-pointers. After Lincoln got a bucket from senior Aden Cador, the Wolves took off again. Bullis and Heugly combined to score seven unanswered points, giving Tualatin a 26-14 lead with 2:26 remaining in the second quarter.

The Wolves then got back-to-back baskets from senior post Jasmine Miller in the final 1:03 of the period, giving Tualatin a 30-18 halftime lead.

Tualatin kept rolling in the second half. The Wolves took their biggest lead of the game, at 37-21, after Hall sank another three-pointer with 5:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Barrow and Etherly each had a pair of baskets in the quarter, which ended with Tualatin holding a 43-29 advantage.

Hall had yet another three-point basket in the fourth quarter. Barrow and Miller added one basket apiece in the period as Tualatin closed out the 50-37 win.

“It was good,” Bullis said. “We had good communication with the posts and we did a good job getting to the basket. I also thought we were aggressive on defense.”

Bullis, in her first game as the Wolves’ starting point guard, turned in what looked to be a strong overall performance with six points, five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

“I never really played point guard before,” she said with a smile. “I like it a lot. I love my teammates.”

by: DAN BROOD - KEEPING CONTROL -- Tualatin High School sophomore Tamika Etherly (right) stays in charge of the action and she controls the ball in front of Lincoln sophomore Rachelle Beaudoin in Tuesday’s game. Hall scored her game-high 15 points by shooting at a 5-for-6 clip from three-point range.

“That felt pretty good,” she said.

Heugly had seven points and three steals to go with a game-high 12 rebounds, helping Tualatin claim a 49-31 edge in that category.

“She was just all over the place,” Bullis said.

“Savannah was killing it,” Hall said.

Barrow scored eight points. Miller had six points and five rebounds and Etherly scored six points.

Tualatin, as a team, made 21 of 51 shots from the field in the victory. However, the Wolves were plagued with 32 turnovers.

“We had a lot of turnovers,” Bullis said. “We have to work on that.”

“It was real nice to open with a win, but we have a lot to work on,” Bunn said. “I thought we struggled a bit on defense tonight, but, overall, the girls have been working so hard.”

Senior guard Eve Goldman led Lincoln in scoring with nine points. The Cardinals made 10 of 62 shots from the field.

Tualatin’s scheduled season-opener at West Salem on Friday was postponed.

The Wolves will be back in action on Friday when they host Southridge in a non-league game starting at 6:45 p.m.



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