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
Payton Wilcox of South Salem applies pressure to Sheldon's Ashley Land.
Photo 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.

 

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