Girls Basketball

Beaverton overcomes its obstacles, 44-33

A young team survives 27 turnovers in victory over South Eugene
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - A bit of team discipline slowed the Beaverton offense Thursday, but not enough to keep the Beavers from the quarterfinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout girls basketball tournament.

Powered by a 20-point performance from freshman Alyssa Christiansen, the Beavers beat South Eugene 44-33 in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

Christiansen, a 5-foot-7 guard, had just two points in the first quarter as the Beavers trailed 8-7, but scored 11 in the second quarter with the aid of three 3-point baskets.
Danielle Hartzog added six points for Beaverton.

McKenna Vanderkley led a balanced scoring effort for South Eugene with seven points. Sasha Sims had six points for the Lady Axemen, who were outscored 16-7 in the second quarter to trail 23-15 at the half. South never mounted a consistent comeback in the second half..

Central Catholic overwhelms West Linn

Rams get 23 points from Kailee Johnson and win 70-31
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Central Catholic took care of any drama from its game with West Linn with a 16-2 run to open the game and cruised to a 70-31 victory in the opening round of the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

Looking to make a statement about its ability to ability to win the state title for the first time, the Rams dominated the game led by 6-foot-3 senior post Kailee Johnson, who finished with 23 points.

Central Catholic also got 12 points from senior guard Jordan Reynolds while improving to 5-3 on the season.

The Rams will play Tigard, which beat Jesuit in its first round game, Friday at 5 p.m.

Central Catholic lost twice during an invitational tournament in Arizona and also to Westview in the second game of the season.

Tigard shoots way past Jesuit, 40-33

Free throws key the Tigers' move into the Interstate Shootout quarterfinals
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - Tigard used a steady dose of free throws in the second half to beat Jesuit 40-33 and move into the quarterfinals of the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

The Tigers, ranked 11th in Class 6A, pulled away from a 17-16 lead early in the third quarter with a 14-2 scoring run that ended with four free throws. Thereafter, the team did not attempt a field goal. The Tigers hit 14 of 19 free throws in the second half.

Junior Lexi Carter led Tigard with 17 points, while senior senior Megan Risinger finished with 10. The Tigers improved to 5-2.

Jesuit got 16 points from sophomore post Tarea Green, but  fell to 3-5 on the season.


Norcross squeaks past Springfield, 45-42

Dynamic Diamond DeShields goes for 23 as Blues rally past Millers
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - With her team needing a significant individual performance in order to avoid losing in the first round of an invitational tournament, Diamond DeShields stepped up and carried Norcross High to a nerve-wracking 45-42 victory over Springfield at the Nike Interstate Shootout Thursday at Lake Oswego High.

DeShields, rated the No. 1 high school recruit by several outlets, scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lady Blues rallied from a 24-13 deficit over an inspired team that got 15 points from Mercedes Russell, rated the No. 2 high school recruit, in a rare battle amongst top level players.

Russell had several blocked shots as well, but scored 11 of her points in the first half, which ended with the Millers, the defending Class 5A state champions, leading 26-18.

DeShields scored 13 in the second half for Norcross, which had been among the nation's Top 25 teams until a recent loss, and sparked a comeback from a 38-32 deficit with five minutes remaining with a basket directly after the Millers had taken their lead. She scored again and had two assists to help her team to a 41-40 lead.

"It was a big win for us because we had just lost and dropped out of the national rankings," DeShields said. "(Springfield) really pushed us and made us play up to our abilities."

Shayla Cooper added 15 points for the Lady Blues, including a three-point play with three minutes left that put her team up 41-40 and allowed it to hold the ball in order to set-up free throws.

Senior Niki Duncan hit three 3-point shots and finished with 11 for Springfield, which had a potential game-tying 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer.

Overall, the first day of the 16-team tournament provided only one partial surprise - South Salem's 49-43 victory over Sheldon. That win moved the Saxons to the quarterfinal and a game with Oregon City.

Here are the highlights of the opening days' games:

Oregon City 58, Southridge 33 - The Pioneers overcame turnovers and missed lay-ups in their 8:30 a.m. tournament opener to win easily.

South Salem 49, Sheldon 43 - The Saxons, who won the lower bracket last year, scored 22 points at the free-throw line in their victory over the Irish.

Tigard 40, Jesuit 33 - Tigard reeled off a 14-2 run in the second half and didn't attempt a shot in the fourth quarter besides free throws.

Central Catholic 70, West Linn 31 - The Rams made a statement with a 16-2 run to open the game.

Beaverton 44, South Eugene 33 - Youth prevailed as the Beavers, missing players to illness and discipline, eased into the quarterfinals.

Clackamas 57, St. Mary's 45 - The Cavaliers rallied from a 29-24 deficit with a 15-2 run in a turnover and foul-filled outing for both teams.

Westview 48, Willamette 39 - The Wildcats survived a rugby-like battle with the Wolverines with a balanced scoring effort.





South Salem moves up and along, 49-43

Saxons move into the upper bracket at Interstate Shootout and beat Sheldon
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - After playing years in the "lower bracket" of the Nike Interstate Shootout, the South Salem girls basketball team moved up to the top half and took advantage of that opportunity with a 49-43 upset of No. 3 Sheldon Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

Payton Wilcox scored a game-high 19 points and the Saxons scored 22 of their 32 second-half points at the free-throw line.

With the win, South Salem improved to 6-2 and earned a shot at playing top-ranked Oregon City Friday in the quarterfinals. That game begins at 3:30 p.m.

"We're looking forward to playing them," said Wilcox, a 5-foot-10 senior guard. "We've been in the lower bracket for a long time and feel fortunate that we get this chance.

"We want to play the best teams and we get to."

Oregon City beat Southridge 58-33 earlier in the day to improve to 8-0.

South Salem, which won the lower bracket title last year, broke free of Sheldon with a 6-0 run to take a 28-22 lead and led the rest of the way.

Sheldon got within 41-37 with a minute remaining and had a chance to pull closer when the Saxons missed one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, but South Salem junior Jenessa Bodine grabbed the rebound and made two free throws to boost the lead back to 43-37.

Senior Hanna Rodriuges and sophomore Abby King each scored 10 points to lead Sheldon, which dropped to 5-1. The Irish will play Southridge at 8:30 a.m. Friday.


Oregon City takes care of tourney opener

Pioneers struggle with turnovers, but still beat Southridge 58-33
Dec. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

LAKE OSWEGO - An 8:30 a.m. start might have slowed the Oregon City girls basketball team down on the scoreboard, but the Pioneers took care of the main objective Thursday in the first round of the Nike Interstate Shootout - they won.

Powered by Johanna Paine's 24 points, Oregon City beat Southridge 58-33 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament that runs over four days.

The Pioneers improved to 8-0 on the season, with two of the victories over the Skyhawks.

"We had way too many turnovers," Paine said. "It might have been the early start, but we shouldn't let that be a factor.
"But, we got the W, that's what mattered."

Montana Walters added 10 points for the Pioneers.

Kylie Dummer led Southridge with 14 points. The Skyhawks trailed 30-13 at halftime, but outscored the Pioneers 20-18 in the second half.


Georgia champion set to battle Oregon's finest

Norcross, Springfield, Oregon City and Clackamas highlight annual Shootout
Dec. 21, 2012

One of the top girls basketball teams in the nation will pay a visit to Oregon Dec. 27-30 for the annual Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School.

The Norcross, Ga., Lady Blue Devils are set to anchor the first day's action in the 16-team tournament, which includes Oregon Class 6A state title contenders Oregon City, Clackamas and Sheldon, as well as Class 5A's top teams Springfield and Willamette.

Springfield, the Class 5A champion last season, plays Norcross in the first round at 8 pm., Dec. 27.

Norcross won back-to-back state titles (2010, '11) in the large-school division in Georgia and reached the Final Four last year, when in finished the season ranked No. 23 nationally by ESPN.

Oregon City recently won an eight-team tournament in Hawaii.

Here's the line-up for the opening day of the Swoosh bracket of the tournament, which also includes another 16-team tournament.


DEC. 27

Oregon City vs. Southridge, 8:30 a.m.

South Salem vs. Sheldon, 10 a.m.

Jesuit vs. Tigard, 11:30 a.m.

West Linn vs. Central Catholic, 1 p.m.

Beaverton vs. South Eugene, 3:30 p.m.

Clackamas vs. St. Mary’s, 5 p.m.

Westview vs. Willamette, 6:30 p.m.

Springfield vs. Norcross, Ga., 8 p.m.



Grant vs. Sunset, 8:30 a.m.

Camas, Wash., vs. West Salem, 10 a.m.

Sherwood vs. Lake Oswego, 11:30 a.m.

Pendleton vs. Lebanon, 1 p.m.

McNary vs. Tualatin, 3:30 p.m.

Crater vs. Glencoe, 5 p.m.

Crescent Valley vs. Salt River, Ariz., 6:30 p.m.

Hermiston vs. Lakeridge, 8 p.m.


Oregon City girls get ready for Hawaii

The Pioneers have seven days of hoop, sun planned for this week
Dec. 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

A year ago, the Oregon City girls basketball team was getting primed to challenge South Medford, Central Catholic, Clackamas, Westview and the rest of the elite girls basketball world on the way to a state title.

But, they ran into one big problem - themselves, and lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament to a league rival they’d beaten twice already by an average of 27 points.

“Last year’s loss was a big deal because we didn’t give it our all,” says guard Montana Walters, one of 11 seniors on the team. “We should have easily won that game.
“We ended up fighting a lot in the season. We’re around each other a lot, and it’s like a sister - you fight a lot.”

This year, the Pioneers have worked on getting over that hurdle on their way to a trip to Hawaii for the second-straight year to play in the eight-team Iolani Classic beginning Thursday.

 “We’ve become a lot closer as a team this year,” Walters says. “Law year really woke us up to how important that is.”

Oregon City has four players headed for college programs, including Walters and 6-foot post Johanna Paine, who have both signed to play at Santa Clara of the West Coast Conference.

Catelyn Preston is headed for Northern Arizona of the Big Sky and Jenae Paine will play at NCAA Div. II Metro State of Denver.

A core of college-bound seniors is nothing new for Oregon City, but the team’s leaders, Walters and Johanna Paine, have, coach Kurt Guelsdorf says, done a fantastic job of creating a highly supportive team environment.

“I really like how they’ve worked to bring the girls together, and not just the seniors, but the younger girls, too,” he says. “That’s the kind of thing we love to see and they’re doing it.

“That’s great leadership.”

Johanna Paine, one of four returning starters, says working with the program’s younger players has helped focus the varsity team beyond itself.

“We want the younger girls to get better and keep the program strong after we leave,” Paine says. “But, we really want to win a title. None of us have won one and that’s really important. This is the time.”

In Hawaii, the Pioneers will have a chance to play teams from Florida, Texas, even China as well as the host state. The boys portion of the tournament, which is 16 teams, includes Oak Hill Academy.

Oregon City’s trip is seven days, only three of which include basketball.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the beach,” Walters says. “We’re going to spend a lot of time on the beach.

OC rolls through Southridge

Oregon City remains unbeaten heading into visit to Hawaii
Dec. 6, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Senior Johanna Paine scored 20 points and senior Montana Walters added 18 to lead Oregon City to a 79-38 win at Southridge Friday night in a girls basketball game.

The win was just the second of the season for the Pioneers, who head to Hawaii for an eight-team tournament that begins Thursday.

Southridge dropped to 1-3 with the average loss coming by 28 points, although they've all been to teams expected to challenge for the state title.

"We didn't start off so strong, but after today's performance I think we're going to be pretty good," Walters said. "I think we all believe we can win state."


Defending state champion South Medford continued to roll through its season with a 70-58 win at St. Mary's Academy in Portland Friday to improve to 4-0.

The Panthers went 14-of-14 at the free-throw line in the win, which set them up for a game with title-contender Westview Saturday in the final of a four-team tournament. But, the teams played last week and elected to reschedule the game for later in the season.

South is prepping for an eight-team tournament in Maryland that begins Dec. 27.

Westview has a game scheduled Tuesday against a team visiting from Australia.


South Medford earns its respect with perfect season

Panthers top Westview for 6A title in end to winter sports
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Finally, Southern Oregon has a champion.

South Medford, charged all season by the mission of bringing respect to girls basketball in the Rogue Valley, won the Class 6A title at the Rose Garden Saturday night.

With spunky junior guard Yaremi Mejia providing 16 points, and key scoring runs, the Panther beat Westview 61-46 to cap a perfect season.

Tess Picknell added 10 points and 13 rebounds for South, which became the first team South of Eugene to win the large-school title since championships first began in 1976.

"We've been working for this for a long time," said senior guard Kylie Towry. "We've wanted to bring respect for basketball in Southern Oregon, and now we've done it.

"This is a historic win, and, hopefully, there'll be more to follow."


CLASS 5A - Springfield wins again

The top-ranked Millers overcame a stubborn game plan by rival Willamette to win its second-straight title, 16-7, at Matthew Knight Arena.

Willamette, which lost its previous two games against Springfield, slowed the game to a crawl, and trailed 4-0 at halftime after holding the ball for nearly the entire second quarter.

Mercedes Russell led Springfield with seven points and eight rebounds. Springfield attempted just nine shots from the field, while Willamette gambled on outside shooting, but made just one of nine three-point attempts.


CLASS 4A - Henley ends long title drought

Henley won a title for this first time in 21 years with a 41-35 decision over Sutherlin at Gill Coliseum.

The Hornets scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to break a 28-all tie.

Elle Morgan had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Henley.



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