Southridge establishes itself
PORTLAND - Top-ranked Southridge blew through its quarterfinal game with St. Mary's from the opening tip, and cruised past the Blues 82-42, Thursday at the OSAA Class 6A girls basketball state tournament at the Chiles Center.
The Skyhawks scored 31 points in the first quarter to secure the eventual outcome and will play No. 4 Grant Friday as they look to return to the top of the state ranks for the first time since 2010.
Maggie Freeman led four players in double figures with 19 points for Southridge.
The Skyhawks won four consecutive titles, and five in six years beginning in 2005, but have not been to a final since.
Two-time defending champion South Salem moved into the semifinals with a 55-48 victory over Tigard, in a rematch from last season's final.
Upstart Grant beat South Medford 56-45 to become the first team from the Portland Interscholastic League to reach the semifinals since 1991 - the last time a PIL team reached the final. A Portland team has not won the state title since 1982, when Marshall won the second of back-to-back championships.
Oregon City beat rival Clackamas 55-37 in the other quarterfinal, and will play South Salem in the other semifinal.