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Panthers Claw Their Way Into The Finals
Written by Oregon Sportsnet    Friday, 08 March 2013 19:45   

PORTLAND, Ore. - Panthers earn their way into the 2013 final with a gritty 35-31 win over Tigard in the OSAA 6A Girls Basketball State Semi-Finals at the Rose Garden Arena.

When you play a team like Tigard that has more heart than height and more scrappiness than shooting percentage you know your gonna get a game like this one. A real nailbiter from start to finish with the defending state champions getting all they could handle from an overachieving underdog in the Tigard Tigers.

As you get down to the meat of the matter Tigard is a pretty simple team in their scheme and their players. But, that doesn't mean that they can't take one of, if not the best, team in the state to the brink of elimination under the big lights that is the OSAA State Championship Semi-Finals.

The game started out looking like it was in South Medford's pace with an end to end, full court pressure and lots of transition buckets. Both teams showing at times that they can score in all different kinds of ways. At the half, South Medford had the lead at 35-31. The 2-3 zone employed by the Tigers was giving the Panthers fits as well as Tigard's unrelenting scrappiness on both ends of the floor.  It seemed at times that every loose ball was the Tigers.

The Tigers came out in the 2nd half determined to get this game over to their pace.  They extended their zone and kept their pressure up. Tigard continued to get tips and deflections frustrating any rhythm that the Panthers might get.  South Medford only managed to shoot 23.5% in the 2nd half and that led to them losing the 3rd quarter by 1. 

They would also come close to losing the 4th quarter and the game as well if not for the timely bucket by #23 Yaremi Mejia with 19.2 secs left to take the lead for good and Kylie Towry's 2 free throws with 2.8 secs to go after Tigard was unable to get a score in the waining ticks of the clock.

Tigard was led by Emilee Cincotta with 13 points and player of the year in the Pacific conference Megan Risinger with 9.

LEADING SCORERS:

SM: #2 Kyrie Towry (10), #23 Yaremi Mejia (10), #10 Andee Ritter (7)

THS: #3 Emilee Cincotta (13), #23 Megan Risinger (9), #5 Lexi Carter (5)

 

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