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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

State finals set

Title game rematches highlight finals
Staff report

The state final is a repeat of last year for two of the six championship games set for today, with one being a very sore spot.

De La Salle reached a state championship for the fifth time with its 47-36 win over Blanchet Catholic, and will face Dayton in a rematch of last season when the Knights lost in the final for the second-straight year and third time in four seasons. Added to a title game loss at Class 2A, De La Salle is entering its fifth title game without having won a title.

Dayton has won five titles, including twice in the past three seasons.

The finale is a repeat at Class 1A girls as well, with Nixyaawii facing Country Christian of Molalla - each team having won a title in the past two seasons.

CLASS 3A GIRLS

Top seed Salem Academy will face off against No. 2 Dayton, which reached the final for the fourth-consecutive year. The programs met in the final three years ago with Dayton winning - the Pirates having won in 2016 as well.

CLASS 2A GIRLS

Defending champion Monroe will play top-seed Kennedy in the final with each program having won a title in the past two seasons - Kennedy won in 2016.

CLASS 2A BOYS

Top-seed Western Mennonite faces No. 2 Columbia Christian in a battle of championship-level programs. Western Mennonite reached the final three times in five years and won the 2011 title, while Columbia Christian has been to six finals and won twice - at Class 1A. This is its first 2A final.

CLASS 1A BOYS

Top-seeded Pacific advaced to its first title game and will take on upstart Prairie City, the No. 7 seed which last reached a title game 25 years ago.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Beaverton takes first playoff step

No. 3 Beavers move closer to the girls state tournament
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

BEAVERTON - A year after fully missing the girls basketball state playoffs, the Beaverton Beavers have not only returned, but returned with expectations - those that come with being seeded third and having youth on their side.

Beaverton rolled through a spunky Cleveland effort, 55-36, Tuesday in the first of two playoff rounds that lead to the eight-team Class 6A state tournament next week at the Chiles Center.

Sophomore Sydney Erikstrup led Beaverton with 19 points, while junior Kelsey Fleiger added 14 as the Beavers improved to 21-3 overall with two of those losses coming at the hands of top-ranked and defending state champion Southridge.

"I would love to play Southridge again," Beaverton senior Cierra Speck said afterward. "We've already played them twice so we know how they play ... but I am definintely ready for a third game."

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Speck is the lone senior on a team with a first-year coach in Kathy Adelman Naro, although she is far from being inexperienced having led the Jesuit program for more than a decade.

The playoff round concludes Friday for 6A girls teams. Beaverton will play host to Sherwood, which scored an upset at Forest Grove, 22-20, Tuesday night. On the night, home teams were 12-4 with the biggest upset being St. Mary's beating No. 11 seed McMinnville, 54-52.

 

CLASS 6A RESULTS, Tuesday                               FRIDAY GAME

SOUTHRIDGE 84, David Douglas 23

CANBY 55, Westview 51                                          Canby at Southridge

CLACKAMAS 62, Lincoln 37

JESUIT 38, South Salem 21                                     Clackamas at Jesuit

NORTH MEDFORD 46, Liberty 40

Central Catholic 52, GRANT 50                                 Central Catholic at North Medford

OREGON CITY 51, McNary 41

WEST LINN 57, West Salem 36                                Oregon City at West Linn

BEAVERTON 55, Cleveland 36

Sherwood 22, FOREST GROVE 20                             Sherwood at Beaverton

St. Mary's 54, MCMINNVILLE 52

SHELDON 58, Tualatin 45                                        St. Mary's at Sheldon

BENSON 83, West Albany 37

SOUTH MEDFORD 68, Roosevelt 39                          South Medford at Benson

Grants Pass 51, GLENCOE 39

TIGARD 59, Sunset 29                                             Grants Pass at Tigard

 

 

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