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.