As they began their journey into the state tournament on Saturday, a young and anxious St. Mary's girls basketball team wasn't exactly in tune offensively.

As they began their journey into the state tournament on Saturday, a young and anxious St. Mary's girls basketball team wasn't exactly in tune offensively.

But it didn't matter.

The Crusaders didn't allow a point until midway through the second quarter as they eased into the Class 2A state tournament with a 53-25 victory over East Linn Christian at St. Mary's High.

St. Mary's (20-4), which extended its winning streak to 16 games, opens tournament play against De La Salle North Catholic on March 5 in Pendleton.

"I felt like we really got on them early," said St. Mary's coach Tim Pflug. "I think our defense was from tip-off until the buzzer in the fourth quarter.

"We knew everyone was gonna be a little nervous, but I told them that if they rebounded and played good defense, that would be a good start and eventually our shots would fall."

And that's exactly how things played out.

The Crusaders held a shutout in the first quarter and led 16-0 before the Eagles were able to respond.

Once the Crusaders built a cozy 22-10 halftime lead, their shots began to drop and they rapidly pulled away.

Katie Bates had 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting, eight rebounds and three steals for the Crusaders, and her defense on the Eagles' top scorer was invaluable.

Bates got the best of East Linn's Maurisa Bates, helping hold her to three points and blocking one of her shots.

"Katie played amazing," said Crusaders assistant coach Jolyn Hutsell. "She completely denied her the ball to the point where she couldn't get a shot off."

Kylie Adderson poured in a game-high 17 points. Abby Steinsiek provided a lift off the bench with nine points.

The Crusaders' only senior, Kelsey Gross, added six assists in her final home game.

EAST LINN CHRISTIAN (25) — Garber 8, Koos 3, Schull 5, Whitehead 4, Bates 3, Sowers 0, Roth 2, Messmer 0. Totals: 7 11-18 25.

ST. MARY'S (53) — D. Valdez 4, Thorndike 0, Steinsiek 9, Krieser 2, Street 2, Adderson 17, Bates 12, Gross 2, Provost 1, Caldwell 0, V. Valdez 4, Alvarez 0. Totals: 24 4-10 53.

East Linn Christian 0 10 6 9 — 25

St. Mary's 9 13 12 19 — 53

3-point goals — St. Mary's 1 (Steinsiek).

Class 5A Girls

JEFFERSON 80, CRATER 59 — At Portland, Jen Noon scored 24 points but Crater couldn't climb back from a lopsided first quarter against the defending 5A champions.

Katie Powell added 10 points for Crater (14-9) and Kelly Ferris scored eight coming off the bench.

Tyrisha Blake scored 23 for Jefferson, and Kyrstal Forthan put up 17 as the Democrats advanced to the state tournament.

CRATER (59) — Noon 24, Powell 10, Ferris 8, Cobb 5, Britton 4, Saling 2, Steel 4, Kappel 2, Sullivan 0, McGrath 0, Bonney 0, Murphy 0. Totals: 21 10-18 59.

JEFFERSON (80) — Blake 23, Forthan 17, Reynolds 15, Brazzle 8, Smith 6, Carr 6, Jackson 3, Dixon 2, Ross 0, King 0, Blackmon 0, Brown 0. Totals: 31 13-25 80.

Crater 10 22 16 11 — 59

Jefferson 31 24 17 8 — 80

3-point goals — Crater 7 (Noon 5, Cobb 1, Powell 1), Jefferson 5 (Blake 3, Fortham 1, Jackson 1). Fouled out — Brazzle.

Class 3A Girls

SHERIDAN 52, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 44 — At Sheridan, Cascade Christian couldn't sustain its first-half dominance and dropped the state-playoff game.

Aleena Cesaro scored 10 points for the Challengers (16-11), the No. 3 seed from the Sunset League. Kierstin Barlow added nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Amber Moser led Sheridan with 19 points and Emma Buchholz scored 13.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (44) — Brown 2, Hallmark 3, Barlow 9, Ballard 6, Vondra 6, Cesaro 10, Blodgett 6, Martinez 2, Kinney 0. Totals: 17 4-6 44.

SHERIDAN (52) — Ekstrom 4, Ellis 7, Buchholz 13, Ogle 9, Moser 19, Hall 0, Dickey 0. Totals: 19 11-21 52.

Cascade Christian 13 11 9 11 — 44

Sheridan 9 4 15 24 — 52

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Hallmark 1, Blodgett 1), Sheridan 1 (Ogle 1).