southridge girls basketball

Southridge cruises again

Depth and defense lead Skyhawks to another title
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - A dominating first-quarter performance turned into another comfortable win for the Southridge Skyhawks, who defended their Class 6A girls basketball title Saturday afternoon at the Chiles Center.

Southridge led 15-5 after eight minutes and beat upstart Benson 46-27 to win the school's seventh state title.

Maggie Freeman score 12 points and Cameron Brink and Maya Hoff added 10 points each to lead Southridge, which beat all of its Oregon opponents by at least 15 points this season.

Benson, which reached the final for the first time since 1991, got 10 points each from juniors Makenzy Porter and Tayler Lyday.

CLASS 4A

Marshfield ended the game on a 10-3 run and beat Cascade 48-41 to win its first state title, 48-41, at Forest Grove High School.

With the game tied at 38-all, the Pirates got a 3-point shot by Hailey Browning and survived a 27-point outburst by Haile Wright, who also had 12 rebounds. Cascade made just 12 of 28 free throws in the game.

 

Stunning girls upsets averted

Top-seeds Southridge and Tigard get pressed before winning
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The state's top girls basketball teams got pretty good reminders Friday that at playoff time anyone can be dangerous.

Defending Class 6A champion Southridge - the top seed among the 36 playoff teams and a winner by at least 15 points in all of their games since Dec. 9 - trailed 16th-seeded Canby after one quarter and led just 46-42 with five minutes left in the third quarter before pulling away for a 70-54 win. The Skyhawks, 26-1, lost all-league guard Cameron Brink to an ankle sprain in the first half, but got a solid effort from its bench in returning to the Chiles Center.

No. 2 Tigard led 15th-seeded Grants Pass just 48-46 inside the final minute of their duel when the Lady Cavers went cold and the Tigers made three of four free throws in the final seconds for a 51-48 victory.

Tigard returns to the state tournament after a one-year absense having reached the title game in 2016.

Overall, the state's rankings played out as they were set with only one road team - Clackamas - scoring an upset and that being the 9th-seeded Cavaliers winning at No. 8 Jesuit, 37-32.

The eight-team tournament begins for girls on Wednesday with the boys portion beginning Thursday on the campus of the University of Portland.

Oregon City, which lost to Southridge in last year's final, fell to neighboring West Linn Friday, 43-39, and had its season end.

In the Class 5A ranks, the seeding played out with six of the eight home teams winning Friday, led by top seeded Marist, 61-31, over Milwaukie. No. 9 Crescent Valley won 54-53 at Pendleton and No. 10 Crater won at Wilsonville to advance to Gill Coliseum beginning on Tuesday. The Class 5A tournament is set to wrap up Friday night.

The Class 4A ranks played out exactly as the 5A ranks - with only the No. 9 and 10 seeds winning on the road. Top-seed Marshfield, looking to win its first title, advanced 59-19 over Yamhill-Carlton.

SOUTHRIDGE 70, CANBY 54

The Cougars, who lost only 43-40 at Tigard two weeks ago, continually challenged the Skyhawks by getting to the basket and shot a high percentage to forge the 32-all tie, with Southridge playing the final three quarters minus Brink, a key figure from last season's title run as a freshman.

After falling behind by eight to start the second half, Canby again rallied to within 46-42. But Southridge scored only seconds later and the game drifted away from there.

Brink's condition seemed tender following the game, but sideline prognosis was that she likely would return early in the week.

TIGARD 51, GRANTS PASS 48

Grants Pass made seven 3-point shots in the first half, but trailed 34-26 after 16 minutes. Their grit rallied time again and they had a chance to tie or take the lead within the final minute led by senior Alyssa Etheridge, who finished with 14 points.

Delaney Leavitt led Tigard with 21 points, and Campbell Gray added 14.

 

 

Southridge establishes itself

Skyhawks overwhelm St. Mary's in quarterfinal win
Staff report

PORTLAND - Top-ranked Southridge blew through its quarterfinal game with St. Mary's from the opening tip, and cruised past the Blues 82-42, Thursday at the OSAA Class 6A girls basketball state tournament at the Chiles Center.

The Skyhawks scored 31 points in the first quarter to secure the eventual outcome and will play No. 4 Grant Friday as they look to return to the top of the state ranks for the first time since 2010.

Maggie Freeman led four players in double figures with 19 points for Southridge.

The Skyhawks won four consecutive titles, and five in six years beginning in 2005, but have not been to a final since.

Two-time defending champion South Salem moved into the semifinals with a 55-48 victory over Tigard, in a rematch from last season's final.

Upstart Grant beat South Medford 56-45 to become the first team from the Portland Interscholastic League to reach the semifinals since 1991 - the last time a PIL team reached the final. A Portland team has not won the state title since 1982, when Marshall won the second of back-to-back championships.

Oregon City beat rival Clackamas 55-37 in the other quarterfinal, and will play South Salem in the other semifinal.

 

 

 

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