makenzy porter

Benson finally reaches top of state

Tech ends Southridge title run with 66-42 victory
By Cliff Pfenning

PORTLAND - No. 3 Benson used a wave of energy from the opening tip to overwhelm top-ranked Southridge and win the Class 6A girls basketball state title Saturday night at the Chiles Center.

Seniors Ciera Ellington and Tayler Lyday combined for 35 points and the Techsters (26-4) fielded a 22-5 edge in assists on the way to their first title, avenging a loss to the Skyhawks in the 2018 final.

Senior Cameron Brink led Southridge with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Southridge (25-4) lost to just one other Oregon team this season - Tigard in early December. The Skyhawks beat Oregon City for the title in 2017.

"It's great that we won the title over Southridge," said Ellington, who also had six rebounds and eight assists. "After last year, and losing to them earlier this season, we knew what we had to do to beat then and we did."

Junior Aujae Youkum added 13 points and eight rebounds, and junior Bria Dixson had 12 points and seven rebounds for Benson. Senior point guard Makenzy Porter made two of three attempts from 3-point territory and had just one turnover in 31 minutes.

Benson played for a state title one other time - losing to Lakeridge in 1991.

Saturday's win is the first title for a Benson girls team outside of track and field, where the school had fielded seven team champions.





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