• Crusaders advance to state quarters

  • The St. Mary's girls basketball team cleared a big hurdle on Saturday.
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  • The St. Mary's girls basketball team cleared a big hurdle on Saturday.
    The second-seeded Crusaders used dogged defensive efforts from Elise Vasey and Sam Weiland and an offensive eruption from Emily Alvarez to get past Sydney Tonack, Portland Adventist Academy's 6-foot-2 senior center, and secure a 45-36 victory in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at St. Mary's High.
    St. Mary's (24-2) will next face Scio (20-9) in the eight-team 3A state quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Marshfield High. The Loggers beat Amity 53-44 on Saturday.
    While Vasey (5-10) and Weiland (5-11) held the seventh-seeded Cougars' standout to six points, Alvarez provided much of St. Mary's scoring with 19 of her game-high 22 points coming in the final 16 minutes.
    "Elise and Sam were animals," St. Mary's head coach Richard Vasey said. "That was their whole job tonight."
    The defensive performance helped the Crusaders stay afloat as Portland Adventist Academy (14-11) guarded the perimeter tight. Deep-shooting St. Mary's, which led 17-12 at halftime, finished with just two 3-point makes, both by Alvarez.
    "They were an aggressive team," Vasey said. "They are really quick and athletic. They knew we were 3-point shooters and had scouted us well."
    Alex DeBoer recorded five of her seven points in the first quarter and, in the second period, the Crusaders knocked down 5 of 6 free throws and the Cougars missed six of their eight attempts.
    Portland Adventist Academy took a 21-19 lead in the third quarter before Alvarez, a 5-3 junior guard, poured in eight points to help St. Mary's recapture its advantage.
    "I'm always happy when Emily comes alive," Vasey said.
    The Cougars drew within eight in the fourth, but Alvarez's 11-point surge in the final frame proved too much. Tonack fouled out with about 31/2 minutes remaining, and the Crusaders survived.
    Lillian Martin added eight points for St. Mary's, which has won 12 straight.
    Keala Verigan had 12 points for Portland Adventist Academy.
    "The kids really still stepped up," Vasey said.
    PORTLAND ADVENTIST ACADEMY (36) — Kim 2, Hanson 8, Verigan 12, Villeda 4, Fontana 2, Tonack 6, Gessele 2. Totals: 13 8-18 36.
    ST. MARY'S (45) — DeBoer 7, E. Alvarez 22, R. Alvarez 5, Martin 8, Juncal 2, Ramsay 1, Eaton 0, Vasey 0, Barnum 0, Weiland 0, Rothfus 0. Totals: 15 13-19 45.
    Portland Adventist Academy 8 4 14 10 — 36
    St. Mary's 10 7 12 16 — 45
    3-point goals — Portland Adventist Academy 2 (Verigan 2), St. Mary's 2 (E. Alvarez 2). Fouled out — Tonack. Technical foul — St. Mary's bench.
    VALE 71, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 41 — At Vale, Cascade Christian junior post Alaina Thomson scored 18 points in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs against Vale (21-2).
    The Challengers finish the year 14-12.
    CRATER 64, LAKE OSWEGO 50 — At Central Point, Crater senior guard Britt Scott had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals in the Class 6A state play-in win.
    The Comets (7-16) will next travel for a first-round playoff contest on Wednesday.
    Using its 16th different lineup of the season, Crater built a 19-13 lead in the first quarter and owned a 34-26 advantage at halftime. The Comets' preseason lineup was hit hard with injuries and illness this year, but the original starters were back on Saturday.
    Courtney Setzer turned in nine points and Monica Heard, Emmie Gavin and Jacie Gavin added seven points apiece for Crater (7-16), which had lost 12 of its last 13 games entering the contest.
    Kes Noles added three points and four steals and Scott buried four of the Comets' eight 3-pointers.
    Ali Binns paced Lake Oswego (6-18) with 17 points.
    LAKE OSWEGO (50) — Binns 17, Dorado 10, E. Anderson 8, Dozois 4, Heil 3, Leach 3, L. Anderson 4, Plott 1, Nichols 0, Manske 0. Totals: 16 8-19 50.
    CRATER (64) — B. Scott 14, Setzer 9, E. Gavin 7, M. Heard 7, Ryerson 5, J. Gavin 7, Fahndrich 4, E. Scott 4, Noles 3, B. Heard 2, C. Scott 2, Laws 0, Bascom 0, Turituri 0, Bean 0. Totals: 25 10-24 64.
    Lake Oswego 13 13 11 13 — 50
    Crater 19 15 15 15 — 64
    3-point goals — Lake Oswego 8 (Binns 4, Dorado 2, E. Anderson 1, Dozois 1), Crater 8 (B. Scott 4, J. Gavin 2, M. Heard 1, Noles 1).
    PHOENIX 33, DOUGLAS 28 — At Phoenix, Phoenix's Bailee Tally scored 11 points, Baylee Toney tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds and Erika Marshall knocked down two key free throws late in the Class 4A state play-in game.
    The Pirates (17-8) will next play in a first-round state contest on March 2.
    Phoenix jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter before cooling off offensively. During a momentous stretch in the fourth quarter, Bailee Tally drained one of her three 3-pointers to give the Pirates a four-point edge and, two possessions later, Marshall buried a pair of free throws to make it a six-point advantage.
    Marshall finished with six points, five steals and five rebounds and Delanie Tally recorded nine assists against Douglas (13-12).
    The Pirates, who played strong defense on the Trojans' top scorers, survived despite going 12 of 42 from the field and 6 of 14 from the free-throw line, including five straight misses late in the game.
    DOUGLAS (28) — Erickson 4, Miller 4, Reitmann 7, Bond 3, Warren 4, Harris 6, Jellison 0, Holcomb 0, Rincon 0, Schofield 0. Totals: 11 5-9 28.
    PHOENIX (33) — B. Tally 11, Toney 10, Marshall 6, Skaff 4, D. Tally 2, Brown 0, Hamilton 0. Totals: 12 6-14 33.
    Douglas 4 9 8 7 — 28
    Phoenix 14 9 5 5 — 33
    3-point goals — Douglas 1 (Bond 1), Phoenix 3 (B. Tally 3). Fouled out — Toney.
    PHILOMATH 60, NORTH VALLEY 37 — At Philomath, North Valley's Kenzie Schmoll scored 16 points in the Class 4A state play-in game.
    Mikala Mohr added seven points for the Knights (9-15), who trailed 26-18 at halftime.
    Madeline Lehman paced Philomath (18-5) with 17 points.
    NORTH VALLEY (37) — Schmoll 16, Werner 2, Mohr 7, McElheran 6, Pittman 6, Scott 0, Vandehey 0, Bell 0, Dart 0, Stegemiller 0. Totals: 14 6-13 37.
    PHILOMATH (60) — Marshall 6, Stephenson 10, Cook 10, Grimmer 2, Lehman 17, Wendland 2, Schrock 5, Jensen 8, Petersen 0, Thomas 0, Holderman 0, Davis 0. Totals: 26 2-5 60.
    North Valley 7 11 9 10 — 37
    Philomath 17 9 15 19 — 60
    3-point goals — North Valley 3 (Schmoll 1, Pittman 2), Philomath 6 (Stephenson 2, Lehman 3, Schrock 1).
    COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN 49, RV ADVENTIST 46 — At Portland, Rogue Valley Adventist rallied from a double-digit deficit but missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
    Columbia Christian (20-8) took away RVA's designed play, but Jonathan Alvarez wound up with an open look at a 3-pointer as time expired but couldn't convert.
    The Hawks (21-5) trailed by 15 points in the third quarter before rallying, outscoring the Knights 22-12 in the final period.
    RVA got 33 points and two blocks from Caleb Allen. Micah Neufeld added nine points, Alvarez had six assists and Austin Petray six rebounds.
    Petray, a 6-foot-2 senior, was charged with defending 6-9 Connor Getting and did well to hold the Knights' post to 17 points, said RVA coach Mike Glasgow.
    Columbia Christian advances to the state tournament, where it meets City Christian Wednesday.
    RV ADVENTIST (46) — Petray 2, Neufeld 9, James 2, Bornemann 0, Allen 33, Alvarez 0. Totals: 17-49 7-8 46.
    COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN (49) — Hammond 8, Bristol 10, Allen 5, Moody 6, Poole 3, Getting 17. Totals: 21-39 2-7 49.
    RV Adventist 6 11 7 22 — 46
    Columbia Christian 8 15 14 12 — 49
    3-point goals — RV Adventist 5 (Neufeld 1, Allen 4), Columbia Christian 5 (Allen 1, Moody 2, Poole 1, Getting 1).
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