Trailing in the fourth quarter, the Lady Blues rally past Westview
Dec. 28, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - Facing another deficit in the fourth quarter, the Lady Blues from Norcross, Ga., found a way to move past Westview and into the semifinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout Friday at Lake Oswego High School.
Diamond DeShields scored a game-high 24 points and Shayla Cooper had 18, inluding six big free throws in the closing moments as Norcross outscored Westview 12-6 to close the game on the way to a 60-55 victory.
The win puts Norcross into the semifinals, where it will play Clackamas Saturday at 8 p.m.
Oregon City and Central Catholic will play in the other semifinal at 6:30 p.m.
Westview led 49-48 and had the ball, but suffered a turnover and the Lady Blues got a basket from junior Sydney Marshall and a pair of free throws from DeShields to take a lead it would not relinquish, a day after beating Springfield 45-42. Norcross trailed 38-32 in that game.
Norcross made 14 of 16 free throws in the game.
"They're making us play our best, which is what we were hoping for when we came here," Cooper said of Westview and Springfield. "We can feel there's a state pride thing in there, too with us being from Georgia."
"It's neat the way they hand the banners of all the past winners of the tournament," DeShields said. "We want to be up there."
Jamie Nared scored 22 to lead Westview, which will meet Metro-League rival Beaverton Saturday. Delanie Parry and Sarah Curl added 10 points each for the Wildcats. Westview hit 13 of 20 free throws.
In other games:
OREGON CITY 64, SOUTH SALEM 44 - Oregon City moved along with its usual fast-paced, energetic style past a scrappy effort from South Salem to reach a marquee meeting with Central Catholic.
South Salem, which moved up from the lower bracket last year, trailed just 47-37 in the fourth quarter when the Pioneers hit a 7-0 run and extended it to 17-7 to finish the game.
Johanna Paine and Catelyn Preston combined for 27 points to lead the Pioneers, who improved to 9-0 on the season.
Katie McWilliams had 12 points and Kelsie Gardner added 10 points to lead South Salem.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 54, TIGARD 38 - Another blistering first quarter helped Central Catholic cruise past Tigard and into a semifinal meeting with Oregon City.
The Rams, who led West Linn 16-2 in the first quarter Thursday, led the Tigers 18-7 Friday and ended the first half ahead 29-10.
Senior post Kailee Johnson led Central Catholic with 17 points, while Jordan Reynolds had 13 and Tyler Upshaw had 11.
Lexi Carter had 14 and Megan Risinger added 12 to lead Tigard, who managed to outscore the Rams 28-25 in the second half.
CLACKAMAS 64, BEAVERTON 42 - For the second-straight game, Clackamas fell behind by a notable margin before waking up and pulling out a victory, this time aided by a 20-1 run in the second half.
After falling behind 11-0 to open the game, the Cavaliers beat a youthful Beaverton squad 64-42 in the quarterfinals, a day after trailing St. Mary's 29-24 in the third quarter of their first round game. They won that 57-45.
"We played well in the second half," said Thomas, who is headed for Weber State. "We just have to get more consistent and not have those stretches like we did in the first half."
Thomas scored eight points in the first quater, which ended with Beaverton ahead 15-12. The lead changed hands eight times in the second quarter, which ended with a buzzer-beating half-court shot that gave Clackamas a 29-27 lead. Beaverton responded with a 3-point shot to open the third quarter, but got its next field goal after Clackamas led 49-31.
Senior guard Deeshyra Thomas led Clackamas with 19 points and Kaitlyn Reiner added 10 points - all in the second half.
Danielle Hartzog had 18 points, while Alexis Montgomery added eight for Beaverton, which scored just 15 points in the second half.
Dynamic Diamond DeShields goes for 23 as Blues rally past Millers
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - With her team needing a significant individual performance in order to avoid losing in the first round of an invitational tournament, Diamond DeShields stepped up and carried Norcross High to a nerve-wracking 45-42 victory over Springfield at the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High.
DeShields, rated the No. 1 high school recruit by several outlets, scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lady Blues rallied from a 24-13 deficit over an inspired team that got 15 points from Mercedes Russell, rated the No. 2 high school recruit, in a rare battle amongst top level players.
Russell had several blocked shots as well, but scored 11 of her points in the first half, which ended with the Millers, the defending Class 5A state champions, leading 26-18.
DeShields scored 13 in the second half for Norcross, which had been among the nation's Top 25 teams until a recent loss, and sparked a comeback from a 38-32 deficit with five minutes remaining with a basket directly after the Millers had taken their lead. She scored again and had two assists to help her team to a 41-40 lead.
"It was a big win for us because we had just lost and dropped out of the national rankings," DeShields said. "(Springfield) really pushed us and made us play up to our abilities."
Shayla Cooper added 15 points for the Lady Blues, including a three-point play with three minutes left that put her team up 41-40 and allowed it to hold the ball in order to set-up free throws.
Senior Niki Duncan hit three 3-point shots and finished with 11 for Springfield, which had a potential game-tying 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer.
Overall, the first day of the 16-team tournament provided only one partial surprise - South Salem's 49-43 victory over Sheldon. That win moved the Saxons to the quarterfinal and a game with Oregon City.
Here are the highlights of the opening days' games:
Oregon City 58, Southridge 33 - The Pioneers overcame turnovers and missed lay-ups in their 8:30 a.m. tournament opener to win easily.