PORTLAND — Warrenton managed to escape Portland with a hard-earned victory, 39-37 over Oregon Episcopal, in a Lewis & Clark League girls basketball game Tuesday night.

“That’s a tough place to play, and their record is not indicative of what kind of team they have,” Warrenton coach Robert Hoepfl said of OES, which falls to 4-10 in league play. “They’ve had a lot of close losses, and they only lost by six (36-30) here against Rainier. They’ve got some good players, and they’re super well-coached.”

Meanwhile, the Warriors are alone in third place at 9-4, with three games remaining. De La Salle is one game behind Warrenton, but the Knights still must play Clatskanie before finishing with a game at Warrenton.

The game was tied 26-26 after three quarters, and the Aardvarks scored the first four points for the fourth period.

The Warriors answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Tyla Little. A jumper by Claire Bussert and free throws from Fernanda Alvarez and Maria Heyen secured the win.

Alvarez led the Warriors with 13 points, followed by Bussert and Little with 12 apiece.

In the boys’ game, Oregon Episcopal posted a 56-39 win over the Warriors.

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