The Rams beat Norcross, Ga., with fresher legs in Shootout finale
Dec. 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - In the second half of the fourth game in four days, the Central Catholic Rams showed off that having two major college recruits is better than having one and beat Norcross, Ga., 68-61 in the championship game of the Nike Interstate Shootout girls basketball tournament at Lake Oswego High School.
With the game tied at 45, the Rams scored the final four points of the third quater and then extended the lead to 62-52, which effectively decided the game.
Jordan Bailey, who is headed for Tennessee, scored a game-high 25 points and Kailee Johnson, who is headed for Stanford, added 18 to lead the Rams, who were focused on showing their collective skill after losing two of three games in an eight-team tournament in Arizona last week.
Norcross got 27 points from Diamond DeShields and 13 points from Shayla Cooper, but could not overcome Central Catholic's depth.
"We could tell they were getting a little tired," said Johnson, who was an all-tournament first-team pick. "We knew we just had to gut the game out to win."
The Rams upend Oregon City, will play Norcross, Ga., in Interstate final
Dec. 29, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - Central Catholic wanted to make a statement about its game to the rest of Oregon this weekend, and the Rams did with a 59-48 win over Oregon City Saturday in the semifinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High.
Next, they get a shot at making a statement to the nation as they'll face national power Norcross, Ga., in the final Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Norcross, pressed to perform in their first two games, pulled away from a 27-20 lead over Clackamas to 31 at the end of three quarters on the way to 82-45 their victory.
The start time got moved from 8 p.m. to accomodate the Lady Blues and their travel plans.
Diamond DeShields had 20 points and Shayla Cooper added 17 to lead Norcross.
Kailee Johnson scored 21 and Jordan Reynolds added 20 to lead Central Catholic. The Rams played in a tournament in Arizona a week ago and lost two of three games, but returned to Oregon motivated to show off what they learned in those three games.
"We definitely wanted to make a statement here," Reynolds said. "Beating Oregon City did that, now we really want to win the tournament."
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.
Cavaliers take advantage of turnover-filled game to advance to quarters
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - Clackamas survived a rough opening-day performance and moved into the quarterfinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout with a 57-45 victory over St. Mary's Academy Thursday.
Junior forward Sydney Azorr scored 18 points and senior guard Deeshyra Thomas added 13 to lead the Cavaliers, who will play Beaverton Friday at 7 p.m.
With the game tied at 24 entering the third quarter, St. Mary's burst to a five-point lead when it forced turnovers on five consecutive Clackamas possessions. But, the five-point lead didn't last as the Cavaliers ratcheted up their defense and caused consistent turnovers the remainder of the game.
A 15-2 run put Clackamas ahead 39-31 and St. Mary's got no closer than five thereafter.
Clackamas shot 23 free throws in the second half, making 10. For the game, the Cavs were 15 of 29.
Martina McCowan and Nae Torregano scored 10 points each to lead St. Mary's.
Saxons move into the upper bracket at Interstate Shootout and beat Sheldon
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - After playing years in the "lower bracket" of the Nike Interstate Shootout, the South Salem girls basketball team moved up to the top half and took advantage of that opportunity with a 49-43 upset of No. 3 Sheldon Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.
Payton Wilcox scored a game-high 19 points and the Saxons scored 22 of their 32 second-half points at the free-throw line.
With the win, South Salem improved to 6-2 and earned a shot at playing top-ranked Oregon City Friday in the quarterfinals. That game begins at 3:30 p.m.
"We're looking forward to playing them," said Wilcox, a 5-foot-10 senior guard. "We've been in the lower bracket for a long time and feel fortunate that we get this chance.
"We want to play the best teams and we get to."
Oregon City beat Southridge 58-33 earlier in the day to improve to 8-0.
South Salem, which won the lower bracket title last year, broke free of Sheldon with a 6-0 run to take a 28-22 lead and led the rest of the way.
Sheldon got within 41-37 with a minute remaining and had a chance to pull closer when the Saxons missed one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, but South Salem junior Jenessa Bodine grabbed the rebound and made two free throws to boost the lead back to 43-37.
Senior Hanna Rodriuges and sophomore Abby King each scored 10 points to lead Sheldon, which dropped to 5-1. The Irish will play Southridge at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Pioneers struggle with turnovers, but still beat Southridge 58-33
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
LAKE OSWEGO - An 8:30 a.m. start might have slowed the Oregon City girls basketball team down on the scoreboard, but the Pioneers took care of the main objective Thursday in the first round of the Nike Interstate Shootout - they won.
Powered by Johanna Paine's 24 points, Oregon City beat Southridge 58-33 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament that runs over four days.
The Pioneers improved to 8-0 on the season, with two of the victories over the Skyhawks.
"We had way too many turnovers," Paine said. "It might have been the early start, but we shouldn't let that be a factor. "But, we got the W, that's what mattered."
Montana Walters added 10 points for the Pioneers.
Kylie Dummer led Southridge with 14 points. The Skyhawks trailed 30-13 at halftime, but outscored the Pioneers 20-18 in the second half.
Norcross, Springfield, Oregon City and Clackamas highlight annual Shootout
Dec. 21, 2012
One of the top girls basketball teams in the nation will pay a visit to Oregon Dec. 27-30 for the annual Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School.
The Norcross, Ga., Lady Blue Devils are set to anchor the first day's action in the 16-team tournament, which includes Oregon Class 6A state title contenders Oregon City, Clackamas and Sheldon, as well as Class 5A's top teams Springfield and Willamette.
Springfield, the Class 5A champion last season, plays Norcross in the first round at 8 pm., Dec. 27.
Norcross won back-to-back state titles (2010, '11) in the large-school division in Georgia and reached the Final Four last year, when in finished the season ranked No. 23 nationally by ESPN.
Oregon City recently won an eight-team tournament in Hawaii.
Here's the line-up for the opening day of the Swoosh bracket of the tournament, which also includes another 16-team tournament.
Oregon City remains unbeaten heading into visit to Hawaii
Dec. 6, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Senior Johanna Paine scored 20 points and senior Montana Walters added 18 to lead Oregon City to a 79-38 win at Southridge Friday night in a girls basketball game.
The win was just the second of the season for the Pioneers, who head to Hawaii for an eight-team tournament that begins Thursday.
Southridge dropped to 1-3 with the average loss coming by 28 points, although they've all been to teams expected to challenge for the state title.
"We didn't start off so strong, but after today's performance I think we're going to be pretty good," Walters said. "I think we all believe we can win state."
Defending state champion South Medford continued to roll through its season with a 70-58 win at St. Mary's Academy in Portland Friday to improve to 4-0.
The Panthers went 14-of-14 at the free-throw line in the win, which set them up for a game with title-contender Westview Saturday in the final of a four-team tournament. But, the teams played last week and elected to reschedule the game for later in the season.
South is prepping for an eight-team tournament in Maryland that begins Dec. 27.
Westview has a game scheduled Tuesday against a team visiting from Australia.
Panthers top Westview for 6A title in end to winter sports
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Finally, Southern Oregon has a champion.
South Medford, charged all season by the mission of bringing respect to girls basketball in the Rogue Valley, won the Class 6A title at the Rose Garden Saturday night.
With spunky junior guard Yaremi Mejia providing 16 points, and key scoring runs, the Panther beat Westview 61-46 to cap a perfect season.
Tess Picknell added 10 points and 13 rebounds for South, which became the first team South of Eugene to win the large-school title since championships first began in 1976.
"We've been working for this for a long time," said senior guard Kylie Towry. "We've wanted to bring respect for basketball in Southern Oregon, and now we've done it.
"This is a historic win, and, hopefully, there'll be more to follow."
CLASS 5A - Springfield wins again
The top-ranked Millers overcame a stubborn game plan by rival Willamette to win its second-straight title, 16-7, at Matthew Knight Arena.
Willamette, which lost its previous two games against Springfield, slowed the game to a crawl, and trailed 4-0 at halftime after holding the ball for nearly the entire second quarter.
Mercedes Russell led Springfield with seven points and eight rebounds. Springfield attempted just nine shots from the field, while Willamette gambled on outside shooting, but made just one of nine three-point attempts.
CLASS 4A - Henley ends long title drought
Henley won a title for this first time in 21 years with a 41-35 decision over Sutherlin at Gill Coliseum.
The Hornets scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to break a 28-all tie.
Elle Morgan had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Henley.
No. 2 Oregon City beats Lake Oswego three days before key TRL game
Feb. 7 2012 / By Jordan Royer, oregonsports.com
Second-ranked Oregon City girls basketball team rolled in and out of Lake Oswego Tuesday with a 76-41 tune-up in preparation of its game with No. 4 Clackamas Friday.
Jenae Paine and Catelyn Preston set the tone early for the Pioneers as they combined to score 19 first-quarter points and help their squad to a 25-12 advantage entering the second quarter. They didn't let up there as Marcie Lugar helped add to the Oregon City lead. Paine finished the contest with 16 points while Preston and Lugar each tallied 14.
“Everyone is working hard in the right way and it gives everyone a chance to score … tonight was my night, I guess,” Lugar said.
Oregon City, now winners of seven straight, have averaged over 80 points since its loss to top-ranked and unbeaten South Medford. The Pioneers improved to 17-2 overall, 6-0 in Three Rivers League play.
Lindsay Shallman scored 10 points for Lake Oswego, but finished with 12. Marlee Chovich added eight points for the Lakers, who dropped to 10-9, 1-5.
Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf said his team is playing to its game plan as it gets farther removed from the 69-50 loss to South Medford in the title game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, Dec. 30.
“If we can make the easy ones then we can get into our press," Guelsdorf said. "It all starts with pressure.
“I like how we are playing, I like our chemistry."
Oregon City beat Clackamas 64-58 when the teams met at Clackamas, Jan. 17. Clackamas enters Friday's game at Oregon City at 15-4, 4-2 with its other TRL loss coming to West Linn.
Oregon City plays host to West Linn Tuesday.
Oregon City......25 15 16 20
Lake Oswego...12 11 7 11
Oregon City- Walters 2-0-6; Gertz 1-0-3; Lugar 5-4-14; Goff 1-0-2; Fifield 2-0-5; Jer. Paine 1-2-4; Jo. Paine 3-2-8; Bradford 1-0-2; Johnson 1-0-2; Jen. Paine 5-2-16; Preston 7-0-14