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Beaverton beats rival Southridge in 6A girls opener
By Cliff Pfenning

PORTLAND - Top-ranked Beaverton played a largely game of keep-away from crosstown rival Southridge and moved to the semifinals of the OSAA 6A girls basketball state tournament for the third straight year with a 37-26 win at the Chiles Center.

Senior Laura Erikstrup had 14 points and seven rebounds and Beaverton made 10 of 11 free throws to beat the Skyhawks for the third time this season. The Beavers had a 32-19 edge in rebounds on the way to improving to 22-4. They'll play Liberty of Hillsboro in the semifinals Friday afternoon, looking for only the second trip to a finals in the school's history. The team lost to Oregon City in the 2002 final.

McKelle Meek led Southridge (19-6) with 13 points, including 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. Her teammates were just 2 of 8 from the line.

Wednesday outcome reversed last year's meeting in the semifinals between the two teams, which Southridge won 46-30.


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