girls basketball

First-time champs highlight weekend

De La Salle and Pacific boys among six champions
Staff report

De La Salle finally ended its title headache, and Pacific ended its title drought with championships in their respective basketball tournaments to highlight results from Saturday night.

The Knights, who lost their previous four title games including last year to Dayton, beat the Pirates this year, 68-55, at Marshfield High School.

Pacific played into its first boys title game and beat Prairie City, 73-50, at Baker High School.

CLASS 3A

DAYTON 35, SALEM ACADEMY 26

Kalina Rojas scored 12 point, Jaden Moore added 10 and Chloe Cisneros had 11 rebounds to carry the Pirates to their second-straight girls title.

Second-seeded Dayton trailed 6-4 after the first quarter, but jumped to a 16-11 lead at the half, and held the lead for the remainder of the game on the way to finishing the season 29-1.

DE LA SALLE 68, DAYTON 55

The top-seeded Knights got just six points from standout senior Emmanual Reilley, but he grabbed seven rebounds, had three steals and Kadeem Nelson and Kadren Addy picked up the scoring slack with 19 points each to lead the team to its first title.

De La Salle finished 27-1 and with a 24-game winning streak.

Dayton reached the title game along with the school's girls team for the second consecutive year.

 

CLASS 2A

KENNEDY 53, MONROE 40

Kaylin Cantu scored 12 points and Sophia Carley added 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-seed Kennedy to its second girls title in three years with the win over No. 2 Monroe.

Peyton Greene and Madison Ballard scored 12 points each to lead Monroe, last season's champion.

Kennedy ended with a 36-18 edge in rebounds. The Trojans finished 29-1, having lost only to Class 3A champion Dayton in December.

COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN x, WESTERN MENNONITE

Freshman Ben Gregg, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 23 points and 19 rebounds in 32 minutes to lead No. 2 Columbia Christian to its first 2A boys title with the win over No. 1 Western Mennonite.

Columbia Christian finished with a 48-27 edge in rebounds and scored its final 10 points at the free-throw line on the way to finishing 30-1. The Knights were a consistent Class 1A power and won titles in 2010 and '14 before moving up two years ago.

 

CLASS 1A

COUNTRY CHRISTIAN 56, NIXYAAWII 54

In a classic battle between the champions from the past two seasons - and finalists last year, the No. 2 Cougars handed the top-seeded Eagles their only loss of the season to win their second title in three years.

Senior Mollie Lewandowski had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Country Christian, which trailed 49-40 with 4:30 left. Lewandowski scored 10 points in the remaining time, including a jump-shot at the buzzer.

Mary Stewart led all scorers with 28 points for Nixyaawii.

PACIFIC 73, PRAIRIE CITY 50

The top-seeded Pirates got a combined 34 points and 33 rebounds from seniors John Keeler and Jack Lehnherr and won the school's first boys title.

Pacific shot 60 percent from the field in the first half to take a 49-29 lead. The Pirates finished the season with a 22-game win streak.

 

 

High schools hit the road

Teams set travel plans for state tournaments
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The end of the high school basketball season drew into clear view Saturday night for three of the six classifications across the state.

With the first and/or second round of games complete, the eight-team fields for the Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments were set and hotel arrangements were busily being made for Coos Bay, Pendleton and Baker City.

Among the teams was Portland's De La Salle North Catholic, which beat Colton 73-29 at its home court located at the Salvation Army to reach the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. In three of those years, the Knights have reached the title game only to lose each time, including the past two seasons.

This year, coach James Broadous said after the win the team might try a different approach to the tournament.

"We're thinking about staying at a different hotel," Broadous said. "We've got one assistant coach who is a bit superstitious, and we have to raise the money to travel, too. So, that might be something that happens."

De La Salle is the top seed in the Class 3A tournament having improved to 24-1 overall with its only loss coming to Tualatin's Horizon Christian, which played its way in Saturday as well. Also in the tournament is Dayton, which beat De La Salle in last year's final.

The top four seeds in five of the six upcoming playoff brackets reached the final eight. Only third-seeded Damascus Christian lost in the Round of 16 in Class 1A boys, falling to visiting Joseph 55-43 Saturday. Joseph won two road games to advance to Baker City.  

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups.

CLASS 3A

At Marshfield HS/North Bend HS

BOYS, Thursday at Marshfield

Blanchet Catholic vs. Horizon Christian, 1:30 p.m.; De La Salle vs. Irrigon, 3:15 p.m.; Dayton vs. Oregon Episcopal, 6:30 p.m.; Cascade Christian vs. Santiam Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at North Bend

Salem Academy vs. Nyssa, 1:30 p.m.; Clatskanie vs. Blanchet Catholic, 3:15 p.m.; Creswell vs. Rainier, 6:30 p.m.; Coquille vs. Dayton, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 2A

At Pendleton Convention Center/Pendleton HS

BOYS, Thursday at Pendleton Convention Center

Western Mennonite vs. Grant Union, 1:30 p.m.; Oakland vs. Toledo, 3:15 p.m.; Vernonia vs. Knappa, 6:30 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Columbia Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at Pendleton HS

Heppner vs. Kennedy, 1:30 p.m.; Faith Bible vs. Grant Union, 3:15 p.m.; St. Paul vs. Oakland, 6:30 p.m.; Monroe vs. Gold Beach, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 1A

At Baker High School

BOYS, Thursday

Pacific vs. Hosanna Christian, 1:30 p.m.; Triad vs. Nixyaawii, 3:15 p.m.; Joseph vs. Jordan Valley, 6:30 p.m.; Prairie City vs. Sherman, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Wednesday

Country Christian vs. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.; Jordan Valley vs. Days Creek, 3:15 p.m.; Powder Valley vs. Hosanna Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Damascus Christian vs. Nixyaawii, 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Central Catholic hangs another banner

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."

 

Central Catholic earns shot at Georgia

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."

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In other games:

A night after tough losses, Tigard and Westview showed plenty of energy in winning at the Nike Interstate Shootout Saturday at Lake Oswego High.

Tigard held South Salem to one point in the first quater and five points in the first half on the way to a 43-18 win.

Westview, which lost a heartbreaker to Norcross, Ga., in the quarterfinals, outscored Metro League rival Beaverton 22-2 in the first quarter on the way to a convincing 50-41 victory.

Tigard and Westview will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in the fourth-place final of the 16-team tournament.

South Salem and Beaverton, which both won their first-round games, meet at 8 p.m. in the second of Lake Oswego High's two gyms.

The Les Schwab Bracket final pitting Hermiston against West Salem is set for 8 p.m. in the main gym.

 

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Norcross rises again in Shootout, 60-55

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.

 

Clackamas rambles past St. Mary's, 57-45

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.

South Salem moves up and along, 49-43

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.

 

Oregon City takes care of tourney opener

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.

 

Georgia champion set to battle Oregon's finest

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.

SWOOSH BRACKET

DEC. 27

Oregon City vs. Southridge, 8:30 a.m.

South Salem vs. Sheldon, 10 a.m.

Jesuit vs. Tigard, 11:30 a.m.

West Linn vs. Central Catholic, 1 p.m.

Beaverton vs. South Eugene, 3:30 p.m.

Clackamas vs. St. Mary’s, 5 p.m.

Westview vs. Willamette, 6:30 p.m.

Springfield vs. Norcross, Ga., 8 p.m.

 

STATE FARM BRACKET

Grant vs. Sunset, 8:30 a.m.

Camas, Wash., vs. West Salem, 10 a.m.

Sherwood vs. Lake Oswego, 11:30 a.m.

Pendleton vs. Lebanon, 1 p.m.

McNary vs. Tualatin, 3:30 p.m.

Crater vs. Glencoe, 5 p.m.

Crescent Valley vs. Salt River, Ariz., 6:30 p.m.

Hermiston vs. Lakeridge, 8 p.m.

 

OC rolls through Southridge

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."

ELSEWHERE

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.

 

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