Deja Nicholas scored 21 of her 35 points in the second half, including the final two on a lay-up with three seconds to play, sending Evergreen to a non-league win over Parkrose of Portland.
After jumping to a 20-10 lead after one quarter, Evergreen got in foul trouble and Parkrose took advantage with a 21-6 advantage in the second quarter.
Evergreen coach Jay Foreman credited the defense of Vella Jackson as another key player with her inside play, blocking shots and pulling down rebounds.
“I think we grew up a lot in this game,” Foreman said. “We played a team that was nothing but seniors, and they played a little rougher and tougher than we are used to facing. But we hung with them and got the win. Hopefully, this is the type of win that will propel us to greater things later on.”
EVERGREEN 65, PARKROSE 63
PARKROSE — N. Matthews 0, Ranch 0, D. Matthews 2, Joynter 18, Akles 23, Freison 14, Mitchell 6. Totals 23 (3) 14-19 63.
EVERGREEN — Deja Nicholas 35, Bailley Simms 0, Demia Browning 4, Kristina Presson 0, Nakesha Hatchett 8, Vella Jackson 13, Moriah Doyle 1, Khadijah Kirkland, Lexi Burney 2, Keilea Swearingen 2. Totals 24 (5) 12-21 65.
Parkrose 10 21 15 16–63
Evergreen 20 6 20 19–65
JV — Evergreen won.