• Vale defeats Challengers in state semifinals

  • COOS BAY — Amy DeLong scored 24 points to help propel the Vale Vikings past cold-shooting Cascade Christian, 48-29, in the semifinals of the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament Friday at Marshfield High School.

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  • COOS BAY — Amy DeLong scored 24 points to help propel the Vale Vikings past cold-shooting Cascade Christian, 48-29, in the semifinals of the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament Friday at Marshfield High School.
    Katie Aguilar scored the first field goal of the game to give the Challengers (19-10) 2-0 lead, then Vale (24-2) answered with a 7-0 run and never trailed from there.
    "They were one of the quicker teams that we have seen," said Cascade Christian coach Marvin Denman, "and they took away a lot of what we wanted to do from the outset."
    The Vikings, the Eastern Oregon League champion and second-ranked in the OSAA power rankings, led 28-17 at halftime.
    "Being in this environment was a great experience but was an eye-opener for our girls," said Denman. "They have the experience of being here the last three years. They were more prepared for this environment."
    DeLong, a 5-foot-9 senior post, was 9 of 17 from the field and pulled down six rebounds.
    "Amy DeLong was a force to be reckoned with," said Denman. "We couldn't contain her on the low block. She was definitely one of the best 3A posts we've seen."
    Aguilar scored seven points to pace the Challengers, who will face Rainier in today's third-place game at 1:30 p.m. at Marshfield High.
    Aguilar twisted her ankle in the first quarter and was limited to just 11 minutes of playing time in the contest.
    "(Aguilar) does a lot of things for us," said Denman. "Once we lost her, it changed our rotation quite a bit."
    Cascade Christian shot just 30 percent (12-for-40) from the field and was outrebounded, 44-32. The Challengers committed 16 turnovers to nine for Vale.
    "We didn't shoot the ball well," said Denman, "and they had a lot to do with that. They got in our face and used a lot of combinations that took us out of our game.
    "We came here with the goal to win a trophy and we accomplished that," added Denman. "Now we want to win the third-place trophy."
    VALE (48) — Hawkins 1-6 3-4 5, Hamilton 1-2 0-0 2, Mason 2-5 0-0 4, Gregory 1-3 0-2 3, D. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, DeLong 9-17 5-7 24, Wardlow 0-0 0-0 0, Bates 0-0 0-0 0, M. Williams 4-15 0-1 8, L. Fulk 1-5 0-0 2, K. Fulk 0-1 0-0 0, Fife 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-54 8-14 48.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (29) — Brown 0-1 1-2 1, Aguilar 3-5 0-0 7, Cochran 2-6 1-2 5, Martinez 1-9 0-0 3, Bales 0-0 0-0 0, Hunt 2-7 0-0 4, Zimmerer 0-2 0-0 0, Kinney 0-0 0-0 0, K. Britton 1-4 1-4 3, M. Britton 1-1 0-0 2, Jessee 0-1 0-0 0, Higday 2-4 0-1 4. Totals: 12-40 3-9 29.
    Vale 16 12 11 9 — 48
    Cascade Christian 9 8 6 6 — 29
    3-point goals — Vale 2-7 (Mason 0-1, Gregory 1-1, DeLong 1-2, M. Williams 0-3), Cascade Christian 2-12 (Aguilar 1-2, Cochran 0-3, Martinez 1-6, Hunt 0-1). Rebounds — Vale 44 (DeLong, L. Fulk 6), Cascade Christian 32 (Higday 7). Assists — Vale 7 (Gregory 3), Cascade Christian 3 (Cochran, Martinez, Higday 1). Total Fouls — Vale 10, Cascade Christian 10.
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