OAKLAND - Brooke Spencer's three 3-pointers for Oakland midway through the second quarter against Weston-McEwen Friday night proved to be a dagger the TigerScots could not recover from. Those treys sparked a 14-0 Oakers run that ultimately buried W-M, 47-38, in the first round of the OSAA Class 2A girls state playoffs.
The TigerScots took an early 6-5, first-quarter lead, but then things started to unravel in the second leading to a 24-13 halftime deficit for W-M.
"We had some mental lapses in that second quarter and were outscored 19-7," TigerScots coach Amber Doremus said. "We played them even from there on out but it wasn't enough. Usually we are pretty good at digging ourselves out of holes but we weren't able to tonight."
Spencer finished with 17 points and earned praise from Doremus.
"If we needed to do one thing,it was to not let Brooke Spencer go off with those three 3-pointers in the second quarter and let them build that lead," Doremus said.
W-M's Morgan Entze, a senior, had 10 points, 11 boards, four steals and a block.
"Morgan had a good last game for the TigerScots," Doremus said. "She scored some good buckets in that fourth quarter and we cut the lead to six points. We had to foul to slow down the clock and she fouled out later in the game."
Seniors Jaymie Zimmerman and Katy West also saw their last action as TigerScots.
"We're going to miss our seniors," Doremus said. "That is 30 percent of the team that we're not going to have anymore."
W-M returns four starters to next year's team, and four others that saw varsity time this year but did not start.
The TigerScots were just 8-of-14 (57 percent) from the free-throw line, but Doremus wasn't upset about the missed freebies.
"We made a good number of our free throws," she said. "We just didn't get to the line enough."
Oakland only hit 58 percent from the charity stripe, but still scored 21 points from the line.
"Oakland scored all of its fourth-quarter points from the free throw line," Doremus said. "They didn't make any field goals in the fourth. We had to foul some late because we began running out of time."
Weston-McEwen's Molly von Borstel grabbed 11 boards and had five points. TigerScots Taryn Coffman and Marlene Bodmer added seven points apiece.
Two other Oakers finished in double digits scoring; Michelle Cottier had 12 points on 8-of-14 free throw shooting and two field goals and Cora Gallop finished with 10 points.
W-M finishes the season at 16-10. This marks the second year in a row that Weston-McEwen made it to the state playoffs but were defeated in the first round. Last year the TigerScots were eliminated in the first round by Oakland's conference-mate Riddle, 62-49.
Oakland 48, Weston-McEwen 37
WESTON-MCEWEN (37) - Sederburg 0 0-0 0, Rudolph 1 2-4 4, Coffman 1 4-4 7, Christopher 0 0-0 0, Entze 5 0-2 10, Thompson 1 0-0 3, Bodmer 3 0-0 7, von Borstel 2 1-2 5, West 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 8-14 37.
OAKLAND (48) - B. Spencer 4 6-9 17, Swan 2 1-2 5, Gallop 3 4-8 10, Arts 0 0-0 0, Westbrook 0 0-0 0, Bratt 0 0-0 0, S. Spencer 1 2-3 4, Cottier 2 8-14 12, Wisser 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 21-36 48.
Weston-McEwen 6 7 12 12 - 37
Oakland 5 19 12 11 - 48
3-point goals - W-M 3 (Coffman Thompson Bodmer), Oak 3 (B. Spencer 3). Total fouls - W-M 25, Oak 14. Fouled out - W-M (Entze), Oak (Swan). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-M 37 (Entze, von Borstel 11) Oak 21 (Swan, Cottier 5). Turnovers - W-M 24. Assists - W-M 4 (Coffman 2).