Contenders pull through quarterfinals

Oregon City, Central Catholic survive upset bids, but Clackamas falls to Tigard
March 7, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Players battle for a loose ball during Friday's game between Central Catholic and Westview.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Beaverton and Westview were sizable underdogs entering Friday's quarterfinals at the Rose Garden, but both put forth determinted efforts before falling into the consolation round during the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament.

Top-rated Oregon City led just 39-37 at halftime, but pulled away thereafter for a 70-53 win over Beaverton, while Central Catholic with its two major-college signees on the court and playing well, pulled away from a 24-22 haltime advantage for a 55-50 victory.

Tigard, though, pulled the tournament's key upset, 34-30, over Clackamas, one of the four top seeds in the 32-team playoff bracket. Lexi Carter scored 12 points and Megan Risinger pulled down 17 rebounds for the Tigers.

Defending champion South Medford had little trouble with St. Mary's, 68-38.



Senior Jo Paine had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pioneers shot 52 percent from the field for the game, but couldn't shake the spunky Beavers until a 14-1 run in the third and fourth quarters game them a 57-43 lead. Oregon City got 15 points from Catelyn Preston and six points and six assists from Montana Walters, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter.

The Beavers got 17 points from Danielle Hartzog and 15 points from Alexis Montgomery.



Senior post Kailee Johnson had 17 points, 18 rebounds, six blocked shots and ever a pair of assists and senior point guard Jordan Reynolds had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, and yet the Wildcats wouldn't surrender quietly even with their star, Jaime Nared, struggling against Johnson - hitting just 4 of 25 shots. Nared still finished with 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Wildcats outscored the Rams 28-10 in second-chance points - largely because of their 25 offensive rebounds.

Westview rallied from a 16-5 deficit at the end of the first quarter and trailed just 34-31 when an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter pushed the Rams ahead 42-31 and only a late run of scores by Westview made the score closer.



In a game in which neither team made a three-point shot, Tigard prevailed at the free-throw line, making 12 of its 14 attempts, while Clackamas made just six of 12. Carter's two free throws with 24 seconds left from a 30-all tie and Meeka Mayhew added two more with seven seconds left for the final margin.

Sydney Azorr scored 13 points and Deeshyra Thomas added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Clackamas, which made just 12 of 54 shots from the field. Tigard made just 11 of 39 shots, but did not attempt a three-pointer.



The Panthers broke free of the Blues with an 18-10 second quarter to build a 33-22 lead at the half and it only got bigger. All 10 players who reached the floor scored for South led by Kylie Towry with 15 points. South made just 4 of 17 three-point shots, but fired up 65 field-goal attempts and caused 23 turnovers.

St. Mary's got 18 points from Nae Torregano.