Girls Basketball

Top-ranked Beavers highlight tourney results

Beaverton beats rival Southridge in 6A girls opener
By Cliff Pfenning

PORTLAND - Top-ranked Beaverton played a largely game of keep-away from crosstown rival Southridge and moved to the semifinals of the OSAA 6A girls basketball state tournament for the third straight year with a 37-26 win at the Chiles Center.

Senior Laura Erikstrup had 14 points and seven rebounds and Beaverton made 10 of 11 free throws to beat the Skyhawks for the third time this season. The Beavers had a 32-19 edge in rebounds on the way to improving to 22-4. They'll play Liberty of Hillsboro in the semifinals Friday afternoon, looking for only the second trip to a finals in the school's history. The team lost to Oregon City in the 2002 final.

McKelle Meek led Southridge (19-6) with 13 points, including 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. Her teammates were just 2 of 8 from the line.

Wednesday outcome reversed last year's meeting in the semifinals between the two teams, which Southridge won 46-30.

 

Crane leads top seeds to state titles

Only Oregon Episcopal provides an upset in 3A, 2A, 1A brackets
Staff Report

The first weekend of OSAA boys and girls basketball championship tournaments played out basically as expected with five of six brackets being won by the top-ranked team - except for the Class 3A boys.

In a remarkable weekend, Oregon Episcopal - seeded 10th, beat two-time defending and top seed De La Salle on the way to its first title, which came over ninth-seeded Cascade Christian in the final. The Aardvarks, who lost twice to De La Salle by an average of 18 points, had never even been to a final.

The other five brackets were all won by the top seed - Clatskanie (3A), Kennedy (2A) and Crane (1A) on the girls side and Toledo (2A) and Triad (1A) on the boys.
Only Clatskanie, though, repeated as champion. With its core group being juniors, the Tigers look primed to be a three-time champion next season.

GIRLS TOURNAMENTS

3A - No. 1 and defending champion Clatskanie beat No. 2 Sutherlin 51-40 behind an all-star trio of juniors - Shelby Glodgett, Olivia Sprague and Kaity Sizemore, who combined for 46 points and 33 rebounds, helping the Tigers close out a 23-2 season.

2A - Sophia Carley and Ellie Cantu combined for 36 points to lead No. 1 Kennedy to a 48-26 win over Monroe. Carley finished with 13 rebounds as well.

1A - Top-ranked Crane won the girls title with a 45-41 decision over St. Paul, closing out an undefeated season. St. Paul’s two losses were both to the Mustangs, who featured just two seniors.

BOYS TOURNAMENTS

3A - Tenth-ranked Oregon Episcopal completed an improbable run to its first title with a 35-33 win over No. 9 Cascade Christian. The Aardvarks, who beat No. 1 De La Salle in the quarterfinals, trailed 30-25 with 6:55, but finished the game on a 10-3 run, finishing the season at 22-7.

2A- No. 1 Toledo beat No. 2 Western Christian 58-48 to complete a 26-3 season. The Boomers won their three tournament games by an average of 21 points led by all-tournament seniot Conner Marchant, who had 22 points and seven rebounds in the final. Four of Toledo’s starters played all 32 minutes of the final.

1A - Triad edged Damascus Christian 58-56 in spite of making just one of six free throws in the final 51 seconds. The Timberwolves, who avenged a loss to the Eagles in the second game of the season, had won their previous four state playoff games by an average of 24 points.

College, prep hoop get down to business

Brackets are in action across the state, West Coast
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

It's time for a whole lot of seasons to end for high school and college basketball teams.

Lots of hugs. A team meeting, and some speeches - an annual right of passage as playoffs and tournaments are in full swing across Oregon and the West Coast.

Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments begin for girls teams today, with boys basketball tournaments beginning tomorrow at the same classifications in Coos Bay, Hermiston and Baker City.

Playoff brackets for girls and boys teams at the Class 6A, 5A and 4A levels began Tuesday night with those tournament set to start next week.

At the college level, there's significant action as well - in Las Vegas, where both the Pac-12 and West Coast Conference tournaments are set to play out beginning Thursday.

NCAA

In the Pac-12 women's tourney, Oregon State, ranked 14th, begins play on Thursday after finishing fifth in the highly competitive conference, which has five teams in the Top 14 of the final national rankings. The Beavers play Washington State in the first round.

No. 3 Oregon plays its game in the quarterfinals against one of Thursday's winners on Friday. 

In the WCC tourney, the University of Portland women's team doesn't play its first game until Saturday with its opponent still to be determined with games starting Thursday.

UP's men's team plays Santa Clara in the opening round Thursday.

The Pac-12 men's tournament is set for next week.

At the Div. II level, Western Oregon begins play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's tournament in Seattle on Thursday against the University of Alaska.

At the Div. III level, the Northwest Conference played its tournaments over the weekend and George Fox of Newberg won the women's tournament for the third consecutive year on Saturday. The Foxes will play Montclair State Friday in the first round of the 64-team national tournament in Arlington, Va.

NAIA

In the Div. II Cascade Conference, both Northest Christian of Eugene and Southern Oregon played their way into the national tournament Tuesday. NCU won the tournament for the first time and SOU earned its spot by reaching the title game.

Oregon Tech reached the title game of the men's tournament, but Southern Oregon, which finished second during the regular season is automatically qualified for the national tournament despite losing in semifinals.

NWAACC

In the newly-renamed Northwest Athletic Conference, the 16-team men's and women's tournaments begin on Thursday in Everett, Wash. The women's tournament includes unbeaten Umpqua, Lane, Clackamas and Mt. Hood all in action, with winners playing Friday in the second round. Umpqua has finished second the past two seasons.

On the men's side, Clackamas, Umpqua, Portland and Chemeketa begin on Saturday with winners reaching the quarterfinals Sunday. Both tournaments close out the following weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benson finally reaches top of state

Tech ends Southridge title run with 66-42 victory
By Cliff Pfenning

PORTLAND - No. 3 Benson used a wave of energy from the opening tip to overwhelm top-ranked Southridge and win the Class 6A girls basketball state title Saturday night at the Chiles Center.

Seniors Ciera Ellington and Tayler Lyday combined for 35 points and the Techsters (26-4) fielded a 22-5 edge in assists on the way to their first title, avenging a loss to the Skyhawks in the 2018 final.

Senior Cameron Brink led Southridge with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Southridge (25-4) lost to just one other Oregon team this season - Tigard in early December. The Skyhawks beat Oregon City for the title in 2017.

"It's great that we won the title over Southridge," said Ellington, who also had six rebounds and eight assists. "After last year, and losing to them earlier this season, we knew what we had to do to beat then and we did."

Junior Aujae Youkum added 13 points and eight rebounds, and junior Bria Dixson had 12 points and seven rebounds for Benson. Senior point guard Makenzy Porter made two of three attempts from 3-point territory and had just one turnover in 31 minutes.

Benson played for a state title one other time - losing to Lakeridge in 1991.

Saturday's win is the first title for a Benson girls team outside of track and field, where the school had fielded seven team champions.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Benson heads to final

A last-second lay-up boost Techsters to 54-53 win over Beaverton
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Benson junior Tayler Lyday drove the Techsters into the Class 6A girls basketball state final Friday afternoon, converting a lay-up with one second left to boost the Techsters past Beaverton 54-53 at the Chiles Center.

Lyday, a 6-foot-1 guard, scored 34 points, including the final two after dribbling the length of the court following Beaverton converting a free throw to take a one-point lead with 6.1 seconds left. Lyday took the inbounds pass and simply dribbled to the basket and make a right-handed lay-up setting off a frantic celebration by the nearby Benson bench.

Benson trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, and 50-46 with 40 seconds left, but got a free throw, then a 3-point shot by junior Makenzy Porter to tie the score. Beaverton had a pair of free throws lined up for Sydney Erikstrup, but she missed the first. After making the second, the Beavers couldn't stop Lyday, who made 12-of-17 shots from the field, including all five of her second-half attempts.

The Techsters, who edged Tigard 32-28 in the quarterfinals, will play defending champion Southridge in the final at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

Southridge, which beat West Linn 54-38 in its semifinal, is 27-1 and has won all 27 of its games by at least 15 points.

Benson is 23-5 and the first team from the Portland Interscholastic League to reach the title game since it played for the title in 1991. The PIL hasn't won a title since 1982.

 

 

Marist rallies to return to final

Class 5A heads to finals, PIL dominates 6A, Banks in 4A
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

CORVALLIS - Trailing 26-16 midway through the third quarter, top-ranked Marist started to finally hit shots and Spartans' defense dominated the game from there on the way to a 46-39 win over No. 5 Silverton in the semifinals of the Class 5A girls basketball tournament at Gill Coliseum.

Kayley Elliot led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points for Marist, which had six players score six or more points, and five players make at least two free throws.

The Spartans gave up 20 offensive rebounds, but Silverton turned those only into nine points. Maggie Roth led the Silver Foxes with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Marist had seven blocked shots.

Marist will play in its 10th state final, but last won in 1999. The Spartans lost in the qaurterfinals last year.

La Salle earned a return to the final with a 40-26 win over Bend, scoring 20 points off of just 11 turnovers. Emily Niebergall led the team with 11 points. La Salle beat Silverton in the final last year.

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THURSTON REACHES FIRST FINAL

The third-seeded Colts from Springfield will play for a state title for the first time, and get defending champion Wilsonville as their opponent.

Thurston beat Crater, which would have played in a final for the first time as well, 72-57, in its semifinal to avenge a pair of regular-season losses to the Comets.

Wilsonville beat Churchill 58-43 in a rematch of last year's title game.

Wilsonville beat Thurston, 55-40, in the opening round of the playoffs last season.

PIL DOMINATES 6A BOYS

Top-ranked Jefferson and No. 2 Grant both cruised through their quarterfinals Thursday, but Lincoln's upset of Southridge moved a third Portland Interscholastic League team into the Final Four for the first time.

And, upstart Barlow joined them with a 69-66 win over Tualatin - Jesse White scoring 27 points for the Bruins to counter 36 from Alexis Angeles.

Barlow qualified as the No. 29 team in the playoffs last year, and as No. 20 this season, needing two road wins just to reach the tournament. The Bruins last reached the semifinals in 1996, with their same coach - Tom Johnson - on the sideline.

SOUTHRIDGE MOVES FORWARD

Top-ranked and defending champion Southridge will play No. 4 West Linn in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. today. No. 3 Beaverton and PIL champion Benson will play at 3:15.

West Linn will be looking to reach a final for the first time since 1985. Benson reached its only final in 1991 and is trying to win a title for the PIL for the first time since 1982. Beaverton coach Kathy Adelman Naro would be only the third woman to coach a team to a title with two more wins.

CLASS 4A

Banks and Valley Catholic both shuffled gyms Thursday with differing results - Banks won both boys and girls contests, while Valley Catholic split its games moving between Forest Grove High School and Pacific University in Forest Grove.

The Banks wins moved the school a step closer to a first title in either tournament. The boys play Valley Catholic in a Cowapa League rivalry that the teams split this season, while defending champion Seaside - also from the Cowapa League - plays Newport in the other final.

Banks plays top-seeded Marshfield in the girls semifinals, while Oregon West League rivals North Marion and Cascade play in the other semifinal.

 

 

 

 

Banks readies for historic run

both boys and girls teams are among strong favorites to win
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

When the results from this past weekend's Class 4A basketball playoffs were final, Banks athletic director Ben Buchanan got busy with planning. The Braves didn't need hotel space or a lengthy bus trip, but they looked in need of just a little efficiency in travel.

The Banks boys qualified into the first quarterfinal game of the day in their bracket, while the girls got the second game of their quarterfinals. That put one game finishing as the other was starting. Fortunately, the two gyms holding the 4A tournaments – Forest Grove High and Pacific University - are just a few miles apart. Even better, Forest Grove is just six miles from Banks. With both the boys and girls teams winning their league title – these are exciting times for the formerly sleepy town on the outskirts of Hillsboro.

“The two games aren't far apart, but we want to make sure we can get everyone from one gym to the other and not miss too much of the girls game,” Buchanan said. “Everyone here has a lot of energy to support both teams.”

Braves fans in and outside the school are hoping this is the season Banks becomes a basketball school by winning a state title. Maybe even both state titles.

The boys were unbeaten for most of the year, and is 23-2. Senior Dalton Renne, a 6-foot-6 forward, was voted Cowapa League Player of the Year, a solid feat as two other league teams, Seaside and Valley Catholic – schools that met in the state final last year - played into the tournament as well.

The girls team also fields a 23-2 record, and won the Cowapa League title led by junior Aspen Slifka, who was voted league co-Player of the Year.

The Banks girls have been setting the stage for success for much of the past decade, winning a trophy six times in the past seven seasons. But only once had the Braves won a quarterfinal game – 2012, until last year. Finally, the team got through the quarters, then the semis and was on the way to a title, leading three-time champion Sutherlin 34-16 in the third quarter. But, Sutherlin found its champion's mettle, and rallied to win 49-43.

This season, Sutherlin, which beat Banks in the quarterfinals in 2016, failed to reach the tournament, and Banks has has a year's worth of drive working its game.

“With how that game went last year, it's definitely been a motivator,” fifth-year coach Brandon Begley said. “We talked a lot about how we want to leave everything on court, and not have any regrets after a game.”

Slifka said this season started almost directly after last year's title game ended as she made the all-tournament first team and teammate Sydney Gregg, now a senior, made the second team.

The Banks boys were a bit of a tournament surprise, needing a road win to reach the final eight. But, the Cowapa League had prepped them for playoff success – half of the final eight teams were from the league. After a 72-70 loss to league rival Tillamook in the quarterfinals, the Braves won two games and finished with a fourth-place trophy – the program's first trophy. Ever.

Banks has been able to display two basketball trophies in its office the past year. This year, both teams have been almost unbeatable and have filled the school's gym game after game.

“The success we had late last year, the guys we had coming back and the early season success we had this season really helped grow our confidence,” third-year boys coach Marcus Roche said. “Getting a league title in the toughest league in the state, we definitely think we're in the mix.”

Renne, who said he's likely to play at a junior college next year, has teamed with 6-7 junior Blake Gobel to give the Braves a standout frontline, and the team has two other 6-5 players behind them.

Banks didn't give up more than 50 points until its 15th win, and didn't lose until game 21. In their playoff win over Madras, the Braves hit for 102 points.

Renne said the team has gotten used to being a target.

“Teams circle us on their schedule,” he said. “It's fun to be that team. We get everyone's best.”

The basketball teams have been getting everyone's best from the community, too, with strong support at both home and away games. Renne and Slifka said they expect a very large turnout for Thursday's games.

“I haven't have anyone say they're just going to skip the whole day,” Slifka said. “But, who knows.”

 

Benson moves PIL forward

Techsters survive Tigard, 32-28, No. 1 Southridge wins
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - In a tight game from start to finish, Benson sophomore Tayler Lyday got a crucial steal with 16 seconds left and finished the scoring with a pair of free throws to boost Benson to a 32-28 victory over No. 2 Tigard Wednesday in the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament at the Chiles Center.

The win moved the Portland Interscholatic League champions to the semifinals and a game against No. 3 Beaverton - the second consecutive year a team from the PIL has reached the semifinals.

A team from the league has not won the title since 1982 and has not played in the final since 1991.

Lyday finished with 15 points - nine at the free-throw line, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Delaney Leavitt led Tigard with 10 points. The Tigers hit just 11 of 21 free throws.

CLASS 6A GIRLS

No. 1 Southridge trailed by 10 points in the first quarter and was tied at 27-all late in the third quarter, but dominated the fourth quarter and beat No. 9 Clackamas 57-42.

No. 4 West Linn beat No. 5 North Medford 42-32, and Beaverton handled No. 6 Sheldon 60-45.

CLASS 5A BOYS

Eighth-seeded Churchill edged No. 1 Silverton 53-51 in the biggest upset of the quarterfinals so far.

No. 4 Wilsonville beat Springfield 67-51, No. 3 Thurston advanced with a 70-58 win over Mountain View, and No. 2 Crater beat South Albany 65-54.

 

 

Southridge title defense continues

Skyhawks move to Chiles Center, Jefferson gets bad news
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Top-ranked Southridge will show off its full roster today when it takes on Clackamas at the Chiles Center at 1:30 p.m. in the opening game of the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament.

That is, if star guard Cameron Brink is able to play after missing most of the team's playoff win over Canby Saturday with an ankle injury.

Southridge lost only a tournament game in December with her in the line-up, and won all 25 of its games by at least 15 points.

The eight-team bracket features eight of the top-nine ranked teams in the state.

Three other quarterfinal games follow the Southridge-Clackamas contest: No. 5 North Medford plays No. 4 West Linn at 3, No. 6 Sheldon plays No. 3 Beaverton at 6:15, and No. 7 Benson plays No. 2 Tigard at 8:15.

CLASS 5A

The girls portion of the tournament opened Tuesday at Gill Coliseum with a pair of slight upsets: No. 6 Bend beat No. 3 Central, 26-23, and No. 5 Silverton beat last year's runner-up Springfield, seeded fourth this year, 40-37. But, Marist and defending champion La Salle both won and advanced to the semifinals set for Thursday. Marist topped Crescent Valley, 53-43, and La Salle beat Crater 52-43.

The boys quarterfinals begin today with top-seeded Silverton opening against Churchill at 1:30 p.m.

In other boys games, Springfield plays Wilsonville at 3, Mountain View plays Thurston at 6:30 and South Albany plays Crater at 8:15.

CLASS 6A

The defending champion Jefferson, announced stunning news Tuesday - junior Marcus Tsohonis will not play in the tournament after breaking a finger in Saturday's win over Grants Pass. Tshonis played a key role for the Democrats in getting them to 24-3 on the season, having lost only to out-of-state teams in December.

Jefferson plays eighth-seeded Jesuit at 1:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals Thursday.

CLASS 4A

Banks appears as a key story with both the boys and girls teams in the title hunt - the boys are seeded No. 1 and girls return most of the crew that reached the final last year.

Defending boys champion Seaside is seeded second, and has a win over the Cowapa-League rival Braves. Valley Catholic of the Cowapa League is also in the tournament giving the league three of the eight qualifiers for the second straight year.

Marshfield is seede No. 1 in the girls bracket and looking to create a legacy having not played into a final in its program history. 

Defending girls champion Sutherlin did not reach the playoffs.

 

 

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