Girls Basketball

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

Clackamas handles West Linn, reaches tourney

Upsets are few as 6A, 5A, and 4A tournament fields are set
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The seniors on the Clackamas High girls basketball team were plenty nervous heading into Saturday's playoff game with Three Rivers League rival West Linn, regardless that they'd lost just one game all season.

In the final week of the regular season, they beaten the Lions just 47-42 and they were facing a program history of heartbreak.

"It was a long day, waiting for the game," senior forward Jen Reese said. "I just wanted to get on the floor so we could win and then go to the tournament."

Reese scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and senior guard Natalie Myers scored a team-high 17 points to lead the second-ranked Cavaliers past West Linn 55-35 and into the eight-team Class 6A state tournament. Clackamas is in the tournament for the second time in three years, but will play at the Rose Garden this year.

Clackamas will play St. Mary's Academy Thursday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers have reached the final 16 in state playoff action 19 times, but have never reached the semifinals.

Top-ranked Jesuit, the runner-up last year, played its way in as well with a 70-27 win over Barlow. The Crusaders will face South Medford in the first game of the girls tournament Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Oregon City, Tigard, South Eugene and Beaverton also played their way in Saturday. In the Class 6A bracket, only one visiting team - St. Mary's - won in the 24 games played Wednesday and Saturday.

In Class 5A, top seeds West Albany and Springfield played their way into the tournament, which will be played at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. All eight home teams won Saturday.

At Class 4A, top seedes La Salle and Cascade won, but Mazama and Crook County pulled upsets to reach the tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Crook County, a No. 7 seed, is the lowest seed to play into the 6A, 5A or 4A tournament among boys or girls teams.

SATURDAY RESULTS
CLASS 6A

TIGARD 53, Tualatin 34
BEAVERTON 55, Westview 50
CLACKAMAS 55, West Linn 35
JESUIT 70, Barlow 27
OREGON CITY 42, Southridge 30
SOUTH EUGENE 55, Lincoln 29
SOUTH MEDFORD 74, Glencoe 60
St. Mary's Academy 53, THURSTON 42

CLASS 5A
WILLAMETTE 48, Liberty 45
HERMISTON 60, South Albany 33
CRESCENT VALLEY 44, The Dalles-Wahtonka 27
WEST ALBANY 47, Wilson 28
SHERWOOD 55, North Eugene 50, (OT)
SPRINGFIELD 59, Milwaukie 29
WILSONVILLE 59, Jefferson 46

CLASS 4A
BANKS 47, Philomath 40
LA SALLE PREP 70, Baker 26
HENLEY 55, Ontario 33
Mazama 60, TILLAMOOK 51
MADRAS 61, Siuslaw 31
Crook County 47, CENTRAL 42
BROOKINGS 48, Junction City 27
CASCADE 58, La Grande 44

 

Riders finally get their moment in the sun

Roosevelt wins battle of winless teams
Staff Report

The seniors at Roosevelt High earned at least one win this season in girls basketball thanks to a standout game by freshman Zoe MacWilliamson.

MacWilliamson scored 15 points to lead the Roughriders past Marshall 43-37 Wednesday at Roosevelt. The Riders also got eight points from senior Ilena Allen and six points from junior Megan Norton during the battle of winless teams.

Roosevelt, 1-16, plays host to Crook County Friday and then at Marshall to close the regular season, Feb. 18.

Marshall, 0-14, plays host to Crook County on Wednesday and then the Roughriders.

Jesuit's boys and girls teams moved to No. 1 in the latest OSAA rankings heading into the weekend.

GIRLS

CLASS 6A

1. Jesuit, 18-1

2. Clackamas, 19-1

3, South Eugene, 16-4

 

CLASS 5A

Springfield, 19-2

Hermiston, 15-5

West Albany, 16-4

 

CLASS 4A

La Salle, 20-0

Cascade, 17-2

Central, 17-2

 

CLASS 3A

Vale 18-1

Umatilla, 18-3

St. Mary’s, 20-0

 

CLASS 2A

Regis, 23-1

Sciio, 21-2

East Linn Christian, 18-4

 

CLASS 1A

Crane, 18-1

Imbler, 19-1

McKenzie, 17-4

 

BOYS

CLASS 6A

Jesuit, 17-2

South Medford, 18-2

Central Catholic, 15-3

 

CLASS 5A

Corvallis, 19-1

Bend, 17-2

Benson, 16-3

 

CLASS 4A

Mazama, 21-1

North Bend, 16-3

Phoenix, 16-5

 

CLASS 3A

Blanchet Catholic, 21-1

Sheridan, 16-6

Dayton, 18-6

 

CLASS 2A

Enterprise, 16-3

Stanfield, 20-1

Days Creek, 19-3

 

CLASS 1A

McKenzie, 21-0

Powder Valley, 16-2

Crane, 13-5

Small school hoops gets rolling across state

Portland Adventist's height keys its season expectations
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

It took only a handful of minutes for the Portland Adventist girls basketball team to assert itself over visiting Horizon Christian in a non-league game Thursday night.

Shortly after tip-off, the Cougars jumped out to a 14-1 lead against a team that narrowly missed the state playoffs last year. With a frontline that features three 6-foot posts, the Cougars might be expected to jump to big leads in most or all of their games.

They’ve been following through, posting five wins to open the season by an average margin of 29 points. They beat the Hawks 63-35 Thursday, then followed that up with a 55-35 non-league win Saturday at Santiam Christian, which played into the state semifinals the past two years.

The Cougars are hoping their frontline will be the backbone of a state tournament run - something the team’s senior class has missed by one game the past three seasons.

“We’ve got expectations of winning the Lewis and Clark League and then placing as high as we can at state,” says coach Ty Johnson. “But, winning the Lewis and Clark is our goal.”

Portland Adventist reached the state playoffs the past three seasons, but always as the Lewis and Clark League No. 3 team, which meant a road game to a league champion in the round of 16. The Cougars needed that win to advance to the eight-team state tournament at Willamette University, but lost each year.

“We’ve gotten to the playoffs, but just haven’t been able to win that Sweet Sixteen game,” Johnson says. “That’s why winning the league is so important, so we can host that game.”

The Cougars feature six seniors, led by 6-foot post Hannah King and 5-4 point guard Heather Schosnig. Senior guards Julie Berdan and Coisha Graham, and forwards Alyssa Bailey and Ellie Evans give the team plenty of experience on the court.

With the addition of 6-0 junior Danica Aboujaoude and 6-2 sophomore Sydney Tonack rotating through the frontline, the Cougars have the makings of a tournament team.

On Thursday, the frontline trio all scored in double figures and combined for 39 points.

“We have a lot tall players and that gives us a lot of confidence on the court,” says King, a regular starter last season.

Schosnig says the summer of camps and training helped prepare the team for a strong start, with Aboujaoude and Tonack blending in from the junior varsity last season.

“We played a lot of summer league games, and as a team we’re getting collectively better,” says Schosnig. “Last year was a big disappointment, not getting to state. I think that helped motivate us for this year.”

“We did a lot of things to improve in the summer,” says Aboujaoude, “and we’ve started with some pretty good statement games.

“We’re really doing a good job of getting the ball inside to our tall players. And, we’re fast, too. We run the court well.”

Heading into league play, the Cougars are actually fourth in the OSAA standings among Lewis and Clark teams behind Warrenton (No. 8), Catlin Gabel (No. 9) and De La Salle (No. 14). Portland Adventist is No. 16.

The Cougars don’t face any of those teams until January, which will give them plenty of time to prepare for a playoff run.

“I really want to win the league title, and then get to state,” Schosnig says, adding that as a senior this season truly has only one goal.

“I really hope we can play as a team throughout the year, make it to the Elite Eight and then win state.”

“We’re going to win state,” King says.

 

 

 

 

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