Girls Basketball

Georgia champion set to battle Oregon's finest

Norcross, Springfield, Oregon City and Clackamas highlight annual Shootout
Dec. 21, 2012

One of the top girls basketball teams in the nation will pay a visit to Oregon Dec. 27-30 for the annual Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School.

The Norcross, Ga., Lady Blue Devils are set to anchor the first day's action in the 16-team tournament, which includes Oregon Class 6A state title contenders Oregon City, Clackamas and Sheldon, as well as Class 5A's top teams Springfield and Willamette.

Springfield, the Class 5A champion last season, plays Norcross in the first round at 8 pm., Dec. 27.

Norcross won back-to-back state titles (2010, '11) in the large-school division in Georgia and reached the Final Four last year, when in finished the season ranked No. 23 nationally by ESPN.

Oregon City recently won an eight-team tournament in Hawaii.

Here's the line-up for the opening day of the Swoosh bracket of the tournament, which also includes another 16-team tournament.

SWOOSH BRACKET

DEC. 27

Oregon City vs. Southridge, 8:30 a.m.

South Salem vs. Sheldon, 10 a.m.

Jesuit vs. Tigard, 11:30 a.m.

West Linn vs. Central Catholic, 1 p.m.

Beaverton vs. South Eugene, 3:30 p.m.

Clackamas vs. St. Mary’s, 5 p.m.

Westview vs. Willamette, 6:30 p.m.

Springfield vs. Norcross, Ga., 8 p.m.

 

STATE FARM BRACKET

Grant vs. Sunset, 8:30 a.m.

Camas, Wash., vs. West Salem, 10 a.m.

Sherwood vs. Lake Oswego, 11:30 a.m.

Pendleton vs. Lebanon, 1 p.m.

McNary vs. Tualatin, 3:30 p.m.

Crater vs. Glencoe, 5 p.m.

Crescent Valley vs. Salt River, Ariz., 6:30 p.m.

Hermiston vs. Lakeridge, 8 p.m.

 

Oregon City girls get ready for Hawaii

The Pioneers have seven days of hoop, sun planned for this week
Dec. 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

A year ago, the Oregon City girls basketball team was getting primed to challenge South Medford, Central Catholic, Clackamas, Westview and the rest of the elite girls basketball world on the way to a state title.

But, they ran into one big problem - themselves, and lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament to a league rival they’d beaten twice already by an average of 27 points.

“Last year’s loss was a big deal because we didn’t give it our all,” says guard Montana Walters, one of 11 seniors on the team. “We should have easily won that game.
“We ended up fighting a lot in the season. We’re around each other a lot, and it’s like a sister - you fight a lot.”

This year, the Pioneers have worked on getting over that hurdle on their way to a trip to Hawaii for the second-straight year to play in the eight-team Iolani Classic beginning Thursday.

 “We’ve become a lot closer as a team this year,” Walters says. “Law year really woke us up to how important that is.”

Oregon City has four players headed for college programs, including Walters and 6-foot post Johanna Paine, who have both signed to play at Santa Clara of the West Coast Conference.

Catelyn Preston is headed for Northern Arizona of the Big Sky and Jenae Paine will play at NCAA Div. II Metro State of Denver.

A core of college-bound seniors is nothing new for Oregon City, but the team’s leaders, Walters and Johanna Paine, have, coach Kurt Guelsdorf says, done a fantastic job of creating a highly supportive team environment.

“I really like how they’ve worked to bring the girls together, and not just the seniors, but the younger girls, too,” he says. “That’s the kind of thing we love to see and they’re doing it.

“That’s great leadership.”

Johanna Paine, one of four returning starters, says working with the program’s younger players has helped focus the varsity team beyond itself.

“We want the younger girls to get better and keep the program strong after we leave,” Paine says. “But, we really want to win a title. None of us have won one and that’s really important. This is the time.”

In Hawaii, the Pioneers will have a chance to play teams from Florida, Texas, even China as well as the host state. The boys portion of the tournament, which is 16 teams, includes Oak Hill Academy.

Oregon City’s trip is seven days, only three of which include basketball.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the beach,” Walters says. “We’re going to spend a lot of time on the beach.

OC rolls through Southridge

Oregon City remains unbeaten heading into visit to Hawaii
Dec. 6, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Senior Johanna Paine scored 20 points and senior Montana Walters added 18 to lead Oregon City to a 79-38 win at Southridge Friday night in a girls basketball game.

The win was just the second of the season for the Pioneers, who head to Hawaii for an eight-team tournament that begins Thursday.

Southridge dropped to 1-3 with the average loss coming by 28 points, although they've all been to teams expected to challenge for the state title.

"We didn't start off so strong, but after today's performance I think we're going to be pretty good," Walters said. "I think we all believe we can win state."

ELSEWHERE

Defending state champion South Medford continued to roll through its season with a 70-58 win at St. Mary's Academy in Portland Friday to improve to 4-0.

The Panthers went 14-of-14 at the free-throw line in the win, which set them up for a game with title-contender Westview Saturday in the final of a four-team tournament. But, the teams played last week and elected to reschedule the game for later in the season.

South is prepping for an eight-team tournament in Maryland that begins Dec. 27.

Westview has a game scheduled Tuesday against a team visiting from Australia.

 

South Medford earns its respect with perfect season

Panthers top Westview for 6A title in end to winter sports
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Finally, Southern Oregon has a champion.

South Medford, charged all season by the mission of bringing respect to girls basketball in the Rogue Valley, won the Class 6A title at the Rose Garden Saturday night.

With spunky junior guard Yaremi Mejia providing 16 points, and key scoring runs, the Panther beat Westview 61-46 to cap a perfect season.

Tess Picknell added 10 points and 13 rebounds for South, which became the first team South of Eugene to win the large-school title since championships first began in 1976.

"We've been working for this for a long time," said senior guard Kylie Towry. "We've wanted to bring respect for basketball in Southern Oregon, and now we've done it.

"This is a historic win, and, hopefully, there'll be more to follow."

 

CLASS 5A - Springfield wins again

The top-ranked Millers overcame a stubborn game plan by rival Willamette to win its second-straight title, 16-7, at Matthew Knight Arena.

Willamette, which lost its previous two games against Springfield, slowed the game to a crawl, and trailed 4-0 at halftime after holding the ball for nearly the entire second quarter.

Mercedes Russell led Springfield with seven points and eight rebounds. Springfield attempted just nine shots from the field, while Willamette gambled on outside shooting, but made just one of nine three-point attempts.

 

CLASS 4A - Henley ends long title drought

Henley won a title for this first time in 21 years with a 41-35 decision over Sutherlin at Gill Coliseum.

The Hornets scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to break a 28-all tie.

Elle Morgan had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Henley.

 

 

South Medford, Westview set to meet in girls final

Top-ranked Panthers storm into their first final against seasoned Wildcats
March 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

South Medford continued on its mission to create a program legacy by reaching the Class 6A girls basketball state final for the first time Friday at the Rose Garden.

The top-ranked Panthers made 25 of 35 free-throw attempts and beat Central Catholic 62-45 in a battle of unbeatens.

Yaremi Mejia made just 1 of 9 field-goal attempts, but hit 12 of 13 from the free-throw line to score a game-high 15 points for South, which had never been to a semifinal before this season.

The Panthers will play Westview, which beat West Linn 63-48 behind 22 points from Toni Doroha and 14 points from Jaime Nared.

Westview won the title in 2000, three seasons after playing in the 1997 final.

 

CLASS 5A - All-Midwestern League Final

Eugene-area rivals Springfield and Willamette will play one another for the third time this season in the championship game Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Springfield, the defending champion, won the first two games, which are part of its 24-game winning streak. The Millers beat Bend 53-23 in their semifinal, giving up their highest total since Feb. 18.

Willamette, which has lost only to Springfield this season, beat West Albany - last season's runner-up - 47-33.

 

CLASS 4A - Henley, Sutherlin battle into championship game

Top-seeded Sutherlin beat Banks and Henley survived an overtime battle with Philomath in semifinal games at Gill Coliseum.

The Bulldogs returned to the final for the second time in five years, having won the school's first title in 2008.

Henley is back in a final for the first time since 1991, when it won its second title.

 

 

South leads playoff runners in girls hoop

Class 6A features a cast of mostly fresh faces
March 7, 2012

South Medford kept is season of destiny going Wednesday in the Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals, while chief rival Oregon City got shelved.

The Panthers, ranked No. 1 all season, beat Glencoe 62-50 to reach the semifinals for the first in school, while the Pioneers, ranked second virtually all season, lost to Three Rivers League rival West Linn, 49-43, at the Rose Garden.

South Medford will face Central Catholic, another school that has not won a state title, in the semifinals Friday, while West Linn will play Westview, which is the lone remaining school to have won a title - in 2000.

Central Catholic beat St. Mary's 51-48, while Westview edged Southridge 39-37.

At 5A, defending champion and top-ranked Springfield and No. 2 Willamette easily won their quarterfinals to continue on a path to a championship showdown. Springfield overwhelmed Wilsonville 59-15, while Willamette beat Milwaukie 59-32. The Millers will play Bend, a 49-39 winner over Hermiston, in the semifinals Friday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, while Willamette will play West Albany, a 52-36 winner over Lebanon. West Albany lost to Springfield in the final last year.

Bend has never played in a final.

At Class 4A, both Philomath and Banks scored upsets to reach the semifinals. Philomath, seeded fourth, upset No. 1 seed Madras, 34-32, while third seed Banks beat second seed Mazama, 44-33. In the other quarterfinals, top seed Sutherlin beat Cascade 41-38, and second seed Tillamook beat third seed Henley 43-37.

Philomath will face Tillamook and Sutherlin will face Banks in the semifinals at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Banks and Tillamook are playing for their first title.

 

 

Pioneers prep for Clackamas with blowout

No. 2 Oregon City beats Lake Oswego three days before key TRL game
Feb. 7 2012 / By Jordan Royer, oregonsports.com

Second-ranked Oregon City girls basketball team rolled in and out of Lake Oswego Tuesday with a 76-41 tune-up in preparation of its game with No. 4 Clackamas Friday.

Jenae Paine and Catelyn Preston set the tone early for the Pioneers as they combined to score 19 first-quarter points and help their squad to a 25-12 advantage entering the second quarter. They didn't let up there as Marcie Lugar helped add to the Oregon City lead. Paine finished the contest with 16 points while Preston and Lugar each tallied 14.

“Everyone is working hard in the right way and it gives everyone a chance to score … tonight was my night, I guess,” Lugar said.

Oregon City, now winners of seven straight, have averaged over 80 points since its loss to top-ranked and unbeaten South Medford. The Pioneers improved to 17-2 overall, 6-0 in Three Rivers League play.

Lindsay Shallman scored 10 points for Lake Oswego, but finished with 12. Marlee Chovich added eight points for the Lakers, who dropped to 10-9, 1-5.

Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf said his team is playing to its game plan as it gets farther removed from the 69-50 loss to South Medford in the title game of the Nike Interstate Shootout, Dec. 30.

“If we can make the easy ones then we can get into our press," Guelsdorf said. "It all starts with pressure.

“I like how we are playing, I like our chemistry." 

Oregon City beat Clackamas 64-58 when the teams met at Clackamas, Jan. 17. Clackamas enters Friday's game at Oregon City at 15-4, 4-2 with its other TRL loss coming to West Linn.

Oregon City plays host to West Linn Tuesday.

Oregon City......25 15 16 20

Lake Oswego...12 11 7 11

Oregon City- Walters 2-0-6; Gertz 1-0-3; Lugar 5-4-14; Goff 1-0-2; Fifield 2-0-5; Jer. Paine 1-2-4; Jo. Paine 3-2-8; Bradford 1-0-2; Johnson 1-0-2; Jen. Paine 5-2-16; Preston 7-0-14

Lake Oswego- Chovich 1-6-8; Timberg 2-2-6; Nielsen 1-1-3; Moiso 2-0-5; Swayne 2-0-5; Shallman 5-2-12; Jarrell 1-0-2 

South Medford on pace to battle for first title

Fastbreak Panthers have state, national rankings
Jan. 18, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

For a school that's never been past the state tournament quarterfinals, South Medford has turned into a national power in just one year.

Following a four-point win over Springfield in their season opener, the top-ranked Panthers have beaten every in-state opponent by at least 15 points, including a 69-50 blowout of No. 2 Oregon City in the title game of the Nike Northwest Shootout. The team has scored 81 points or more in nine of its 14 wins and has reached No. 12 in the MaxPreps National Rankings.

South Medford opened Southern Oregon Conference play with three wins by an average of 24 points.

Oregon City, 13-2, has scored 60 or more points in all of its wins and has one of the state's most bruising schedules, including a trip to Hawaii, to back up its ranking. The Pioneers are looking for their first title in three seasons.

No. 3 Westview, 9-4, and No. 4 Central Catholic, 13-1, which has lost only to Westview, appear as the top outside contenders. The Rams are 5-0 in Mount Hood Conference play.

 

 

Jesuit topples boys, girls title hurdles

Crusaders win third-straight boys title, first girls title
Staff Report

The Jesuit Crusaders won their first girls basketball state title with a late scoring burst and outstanding overall play from first-team all-tournament selections Rachel Mendelsohn and Elizabeth Brenner.

With the game tied at 36, Brenner hit a jump shot and later added a free throw and Mendelsohn hit three free throws for the Crusaders' remaining points. Clackamas, which trailed by 13 at halftime, had two shots to tie in the final 10 seconds, but missed both.

Brenner finished with 17 points, while Mendelsohn added 15.

Jen Reese had 10 points and seven rebounds for Clackamas, which was also seeking its first title.

 

JESUIT 60, WESTVIEW 46

The Crusaders rallied from a halftime deficit with 41 second-half points and easily won their third straight boys title, becoming the first school to win three straight boys titles at the highest classification.

Four Jesuit players reached double figures led by Jordan Akwenuke with 14 points. Kyle Wiltjer added 13 points and five rebounds.

Austin Kuemper led Westview with 15 points and seven rebounds. The Wildcats, seeking their first title, lost to Jesuit in the final last year as well.

 

JESUIT FRIDAY

Top-ranked Jesuit avoided the pressure of an anticipated dogfight with Oregon City by shooting its way to a solid 72-61 win in the semifinals of the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament Friday at the Rose Garden.

Elizabeth Brenner made 7-of-8 shots from the field and scored 23 points, Jean Parker hit four 3-point shots and the Crusaders made 21 of 36 free throws to reach the final for the fourth time.

Jesuit will attempt to win its first title Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Aly Holterhoff led Oregon City with 17 points.

 

THURSDAY

A day after the top-ranked boys basketball team from Jesuit pounded Roseburg of the Southern Oregon Conference, the girls basketball team from Jesuit pounded South Medford of the Southern Oregon Conference to join the boys in the semifinals of the Class 6A state tournament at the Rose Garden.

Jesuit beat South 57-35 to advance to the semis for the second straight year.

The Crusaers will play in the semifinals Friday at 1:30 p.m., with the Jesuit boys playing their semifinal with Central Catholic in the following game tentatively set to start at 3:15 p.m.

 

Vale, Regis, Nixyaawii claim girls titles

Class 3A, 2A, 1A all crown new champions
Staff Report

Amy Delong hit just four of 16 shots from the field Saturday, but they were all 3-point shots and her 16 points and 13 rebounds led Vale to the Class 3A girls basketball state title with a 49-36 win over Salem Academy at Marshfield High School.

The title is the school's third, following a Class 3A title in 1990 and 2A in 1993.

At Class 2A, the trio of Kasse Keudell, Kayla Dolby and Becca Buck scored nine points each and led Regis past Scio 41-21 at the Pendleton Convention Center for its third title and second in two years.

Regis won at Class 2A in 1985 and at Class 3A last year before the school dropped to 2A this year.

In Class 1A, Jessica Simpson scored 20 points and Kanisha Perry added 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nizyaawii to the school’s first state title in any sport with a 75-50 win over Hosanna Christian at Baker High School.

 

CLASS 3A

FINAL

Vale 49, Salem Academy 36

THIRD/FIFTH

Umatilla 48, Portland Adventist 42

FOURTH/SIXTH

Coquille 47, St. Mary’s 42

 

CLASS 2A

FINAL

Regis 41, Scio 21

THIRD/FIFTH

Pilot Rock 58, East Linn Christian 52

FOURTH/SIXTH

Riddle 73, Riverdale 66 (3OT)

 

CLASS 1A

FINAL

Nixyaawii 75, Hosanna Christian 50

THIRD/FIFTH

Crane 34, Perrydale 30 (OT)

FOURTH/SIXTH

Columbia Christian 59, Mohawk 53

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