Girls Basketball

Sometimes the wishlist is just excitement

Away from headines and rankings, a game rush is a win in itself
Dec. 19, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Christmas came early for the David Douglas and Sprague girls basketball teams Friday in the form of an collective adrenaline rush.

For programs rebuilding, retooling, just flat out surviving to an extent, a 35-33 game with all the trimmings of a last-second shot to win was a blessing. David Douglas led the entire game, but had just a one-point lead late before pulling out their second win of the season.

"It was a lot of fun to win a game like that," David Douglas junior Takayla Hadley said after her team improve to 2-4. "That kind of excitement is what the game is all about, and I love to be a part of that."

Sprague trailed by 12 in the first half, but scrapped together a consistent comeback that got within 33-32 before Scots senior Taliah Graham got a long pass and made an uncontested lay-up with 56 seconds left. Sprague got a free throw with 12 seconds remaining, and had the ball with four seconds left, but couldn't get off another shot.

The Olympians dropped to 1-5, but Friday's game was the first that hadn't been decided by 21 points or more. The team lost its first four games by an average of 50 points, then beat McKay on Tuesday by 21.

"It would have been nice to get a win, but I'm happy the girls got to play a game like that," Sprague's first-year coach Casey Williams said. "We haven't had that kind of experience this season.

"It was especially good for our team because of how we battled back. That's got to give the girls some confidence in themselves."

The excitement, in front of a receptive crowd of parents and the David Douglas cheerleaders, was great for both teams, who face differing challenges that both involve losing by significant margins. The Scots suited up just eight players, a fact that sparks the senses because the school has more than 2,500 students - the largest high school in the state. Sprague had a full bench, but played a consistent line-up of four freshmen and either a junior or senior.

David Douglas had actually played two other games decided by four points or less, but they were both against Jefferson, which won one of the games and has one other win - McKay. David Douglas coach Kristinya Birch was nothing but smiles after the game, not only for the outcome, but the outcome of last week's camp for younger players.

"We had 35 girls, which was a great showing," she said. "That's part of our working to build the program, which is what we need."

Both programs are hardcore into a building mode, something highlighted by Friday's game featuring, unofficially, at least 60 turnovers. Sprague went winless two seasons ago, and went winless in conference play last year. It's four starting freshmen, though, produced plenty of fight and showed off a level of skill that might make the other 11 freshmen in the program put in some of the extra work needed to be part of a winning program.

The Scots have 14 freshmen and another 11 sophomores in their program, which Birch is leading on an interim basis after coach Joanne Maki suffered a medical illness that required she step aside for the season. Birch, a teacher in the district for eight years, is committed to helping build the program with Maki, neither of whom is rushing players to the varsity level before they're ready. Birch said basically anyone who tried out found a spot.

Hadley, who has played since third grade, said she's optimistic about the team this season, but gets frustrated at times passing by classmates who were once teammates but simply bailed on the game.

"It's tough when I see girls I know can play, who could be helping us," she said. "But, you have to be committed at this level, and that's not something everyone can do."

Monday, the Scots play at Class 5A Woodburn, which is 3-4 and has scored no less than 33 points in all of its games. Regardless of the score, Birch will be happy to get another nightly-contested outcome.

"I know it's fun for the girls to play in games like this," she said. "It's not so good for my heart, but it's great to get the kinks out of your game before league play starts."

Central Catholic hangs another banner

The Rams beat Norcross, Ga., with fresher legs in Shootout finale
Dec. 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - In the second half of the fourth game in four days, the Central Catholic Rams showed off that having two major college recruits is better than having one and beat Norcross, Ga., 68-61 in the championship game of the Nike Interstate Shootout girls basketball tournament at Lake Oswego High School.

With the game tied at 45, the Rams scored the final four points of the third quater and then extended the lead to 62-52, which effectively decided the game.

Jordan Bailey, who is headed for Tennessee, scored a game-high 25 points and Kailee Johnson, who is headed for Stanford, added 18 to lead the Rams, who were focused on showing their collective skill after losing two of three games in an eight-team tournament in Arizona last week.

Norcross got 27 points from Diamond DeShields and 13 points from Shayla Cooper, but could not overcome Central Catholic's depth.

"We could tell they were getting a little tired," said Johnson, who was an all-tournament first-team pick. "We knew we just had to gut the game out to win."

 

Central Catholic earns shot at Georgia

The Rams upend Oregon City, will play Norcross, Ga., in Interstate final
Dec. 29, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Central Catholic wanted to make a statement about its game to the rest of Oregon this weekend, and the Rams did with a 59-48 win over Oregon City Saturday in the semifinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High.

Next, they get a shot at making a statement to the nation as they'll face national power Norcross, Ga., in the final Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Norcross, pressed to perform in their first two games, pulled away from a 27-20 lead over Clackamas to 31 at the end of three quarters on the way to 82-45 their victory.

The start time got moved from 8 p.m. to accomodate the Lady Blues and their travel plans.

Diamond DeShields had 20 points and Shayla Cooper added 17 to lead Norcross.

Kailee Johnson scored 21 and Jordan Reynolds added 20 to lead Central Catholic. The Rams played in a tournament in Arizona a week ago and lost two of three games, but returned to Oregon motivated to show off what they learned in those three games.

"We definitely wanted to make a statement here," Reynolds said. "Beating Oregon City did that, now we really want to win the tournament."

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In other games:

A night after tough losses, Tigard and Westview showed plenty of energy in winning at the Nike Interstate Shootout Saturday at Lake Oswego High.

Tigard held South Salem to one point in the first quater and five points in the first half on the way to a 43-18 win.

Westview, which lost a heartbreaker to Norcross, Ga., in the quarterfinals, outscored Metro League rival Beaverton 22-2 in the first quarter on the way to a convincing 50-41 victory.

Tigard and Westview will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in the fourth-place final of the 16-team tournament.

South Salem and Beaverton, which both won their first-round games, meet at 8 p.m. in the second of Lake Oswego High's two gyms.

The Les Schwab Bracket final pitting Hermiston against West Salem is set for 8 p.m. in the main gym.

 

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Norcross rises again in Shootout, 60-55

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.

 

Westview scrums past Willamette, 48-39

In a physical game, the Wildcats keep the Wolverines in check
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - In one of the most physical girls basketball games played on any court, Westview beat Willamette to advance to the quarterfinals and a meeting with Norcross, Ga., Thursday in the opening round of the Nike Interstate Shootout.

Sarah Curl had 19 points and Delanie Parry added 15 for Westview, which led 29-21 at the half and fought through a vicious second half in which players regularly were tossed around from contact with opposing players or simply dove onto the ground for loose balls which then turned into a pile of players akin to a football fumble.

"That was as rough a game as I've coached in," Westview coach Lindsay Strothers said.

"It was very physical, but we were hoping for that out of this tournament, to get more physical," Curl said. "The Metro League is very physical, so this is getting us ready for that."

Lexi Bando finished with 12 points and Brittany Glasson added 11 to lead Willamette, which entered the tournament as the No. 2 team in Class 5A. The Wolverines will play Springfield Friday in a rematch of the Class 5A title game from last season, which the Millers won.

 

 

Clackamas rambles past St. Mary's, 57-45

Cavaliers take advantage of turnover-filled game to advance to quarters
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Clackamas survived a rough opening-day performance and moved into the quarterfinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout with a 57-45 victory over St. Mary's Academy Thursday.

Junior forward Sydney Azorr scored 18 points and senior guard Deeshyra Thomas added 13 to lead the Cavaliers, who will play Beaverton Friday at 7 p.m.

With the game tied at 24 entering the third quarter, St. Mary's burst to a five-point lead when it forced turnovers on five consecutive Clackamas possessions. But, the five-point lead didn't last as the Cavaliers ratcheted up their defense and caused consistent turnovers the remainder of the game.

A 15-2 run put Clackamas ahead 39-31 and St. Mary's got no closer than five thereafter.

Clackamas shot 23 free throws in the second half, making 10. For the game, the Cavs were 15 of 29.

Martina McCowan and Nae Torregano scored 10 points each to lead St. Mary's.

Beaverton overcomes its obstacles, 44-33

A young team survives 27 turnovers in victory over South Eugene
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - A bit of team discipline slowed the Beaverton offense Thursday, but not enough to keep the Beavers from the quarterfinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout girls basketball tournament.

Powered by a 20-point performance from freshman Alyssa Christiansen, the Beavers beat South Eugene 44-33 in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

Christiansen, a 5-foot-7 guard, had just two points in the first quarter as the Beavers trailed 8-7, but scored 11 in the second quarter with the aid of three 3-point baskets.
Danielle Hartzog added six points for Beaverton.

McKenna Vanderkley led a balanced scoring effort for South Eugene with seven points. Sasha Sims had six points for the Lady Axemen, who were outscored 16-7 in the second quarter to trail 23-15 at the half. South never mounted a consistent comeback in the second half..

Central Catholic overwhelms West Linn

Rams get 23 points from Kailee Johnson and win 70-31
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Central Catholic took care of any drama from its game with West Linn with a 16-2 run to open the game and cruised to a 70-31 victory in the opening round of the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

Looking to make a statement about its ability to ability to win the state title for the first time, the Rams dominated the game led by 6-foot-3 senior post Kailee Johnson, who finished with 23 points.

Central Catholic also got 12 points from senior guard Jordan Reynolds while improving to 5-3 on the season.

The Rams will play Tigard, which beat Jesuit in its first round game, Friday at 5 p.m.

Central Catholic lost twice during an invitational tournament in Arizona and also to Westview in the second game of the season.

Tigard shoots way past Jesuit, 40-33

Free throws key the Tigers' move into the Interstate Shootout quarterfinals
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Tigard used a steady dose of free throws in the second half to beat Jesuit 40-33 and move into the quarterfinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

The Tigers, ranked 11th in Class 6A, pulled away from a 17-16 lead early in the third quarter with a 14-2 scoring run that ended with four free throws. Thereafter, the team did not attempt a field goal. The Tigers hit 14 of 19 free throws in the second half.

Junior Lexi Carter led Tigard with 17 points, while senior senior Megan Risinger finished with 10. The Tigers improved to 5-2.

Jesuit got 16 points from sophomore post Tarea Green, but  fell to 3-5 on the season.

 

Norcross squeaks past Springfield, 45-42

Dynamic Diamond DeShields goes for 23 as Blues rally past Millers
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - With her team needing a significant individual performance in order to avoid losing in the first round of an invitational tournament, Diamond DeShields stepped up and carried Norcross High to a nerve-wracking 45-42 victory over Springfield at the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High.

DeShields, rated the No. 1 high school recruit by several outlets, scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lady Blues rallied from a 24-13 deficit over an inspired team that got 15 points from Mercedes Russell, rated the No. 2 high school recruit, in a rare battle amongst top level players.

Russell had several blocked shots as well, but scored 11 of her points in the first half, which ended with the Millers, the defending Class 5A state champions, leading 26-18.

DeShields scored 13 in the second half for Norcross, which had been among the nation's Top 25 teams until a recent loss, and sparked a comeback from a 38-32 deficit with five minutes remaining with a basket directly after the Millers had taken their lead. She scored again and had two assists to help her team to a 41-40 lead.

"It was a big win for us because we had just lost and dropped out of the national rankings," DeShields said. "(Springfield) really pushed us and made us play up to our abilities."

Shayla Cooper added 15 points for the Lady Blues, including a three-point play with three minutes left that put her team up 41-40 and allowed it to hold the ball in order to set-up free throws.

Senior Niki Duncan hit three 3-point shots and finished with 11 for Springfield, which had a potential game-tying 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer.

Overall, the first day of the 16-team tournament provided only one partial surprise - South Salem's 49-43 victory over Sheldon. That win moved the Saxons to the quarterfinal and a game with Oregon City.

Here are the highlights of the opening days' games:

Oregon City 58, Southridge 33 - The Pioneers overcame turnovers and missed lay-ups in their 8:30 a.m. tournament opener to win easily.

http://oregonsports.com/girls-basketball/oregon-city-takes-care-of-tourn...

South Salem 49, Sheldon 43 - The Saxons, who won the lower bracket last year, scored 22 points at the free-throw line in their victory over the Irish.

http://oregonsports.com/girls-basketball/south-salem-moves-up-and-along-...

Tigard 40, Jesuit 33 - Tigard reeled off a 14-2 run in the second half and didn't attempt a shot in the fourth quarter besides free throws.

http://oregonsports.com/tigard-tigers-girls-basketball/tigard-shoots-way...

Central Catholic 70, West Linn 31 - The Rams made a statement with a 16-2 run to open the game.

http://oregonsports.com/prep/winter/girls-basketball/central-catholic-ov...

Beaverton 44, South Eugene 33 - Youth prevailed as the Beavers, missing players to illness and discipline, eased into the quarterfinals.

http://oregonsports.com/prep/winter/girls-basketball/beaverton-overcomes...

Clackamas 57, St. Mary's 45 - The Cavaliers rallied from a 29-24 deficit with a 15-2 run in a turnover and foul-filled outing for both teams.

http://oregonsports.com/clackamas-cavaliers/clackamas-rambles-past-st-ma...

Westview 48, Willamette 39 - The Wildcats survived a rugby-like battle with the Wolverines with a balanced scoring effort.

http://oregonsports.com/westview-girls-basketball/westview-scrums-past-w...

 

 

 

 

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