St. Mary's give Grizzlies the Blues, 74-60
PORTLAND -- Foul trouble and Da'Love Woods doomed the Ashland Grizzlies in the first round of the Class 4A state girls basketball playoffs.
Woods scored 30 points as the St. Mary's Blues whisked Ashland aside, 74-60, Tuesday night.
The victory propelled St. Mary's Academy (20-5), the No. 4 team out of the Metro League, into a second-round contest against Three Rivers League runner-up Lakeridge (18-4) Thursday night. Ashland finished the season 12-10.
Ashland guards Jenny Pippa and Chelsea Morgan and forward Jackie Woods picked up three fouls each in the first half.
With Pippa and Morgan riding pine, Da'Love Woods did as she pleased, pumping in four 3-pointers in the first half and then driving to the hoop at will in the second half.
Pippa picked up her fourth foul early in the second half and fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Ashland trailed by eight points in the second quarter, but was within 35-32 and had the ball with nine seconds left before intermission. Then Woods intercepted an Ashland pass and scored just before the buzzer to make it 37-32.
St. Mary's seized control in the third quarter pushing the lead to 59-45. The Grizzlies narrowed the gap to 61-53, but couldn't draw closer.
Chelsea Morgan was credited with 15 points by the official scorer, while Djuna Wilhelm added 11. Megan Dooney added 11 points for St. Mary's.
The Grizzlies return four starters -- Pippa, Morgan, Woods and Seltzer -- next season.
ASHLAND (60) -- Morgan 15, Wilhelm 11, Pippa 8, J. Woods 7, McNaught 6, Dauenhauer 5, Cooley 4, Seltzer 4, Ruth 0.
ST.MARY'S (74) -- D. Woods 30, Dooney 11, McIlhenny 9, Montgomery 7, Millison 6, Tilton 5, Adams 4, Steen 2.
Ashland 15 17 13 15 -- 60
St. Mary's 20 17 22 15 -- 74
KLAMATH UNION 56, MCMINNVILLE 26 -- At Klamath Falls, a 10-2 run to start the game helped Klamath Union erase any playoff jitters and ease past Grizzlies.
The Pelicans (19-6), the Southern Oregon Conference's No. — seed, will travel to Beaverton on Thursday to face fourth-ranked Jesuit (23-3) in second-round Class 4A sub-tournament action.
Jessyca Arthur had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists to pace Klamath Union, who outrebounded the Pacific 7 Conference's No. 4 seed 47-21.
They didn't have a very good night, said KU coach Jack Sharp of his playoff foe. Part of that can be attributed to our defense.
Post Pam Frei was another big reason the Pelicans cleaned up the glass, tallying 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots as Klamath Union methodically pulled away after halftime.
Klamath forward Kristina Matchett, who broke both wrists during a holiday accident, returned to the lineup for the first time since December.
MCMINNVILLE (26) -- Flanigan 3, Pratt 4, Keller 4, McFaddin 4, Ball 4, Parker 2, McConnachie 2, Cahill 2, Briggs 1, Higgins 0, Smith 0, Cleveland 0. Totals: 10 5-14 26.
KLAMATH UNION (56) -- Gilbert 3, Arthur 14, Sargent 8, Dobey 4, Thomas 4, Matchett 1, Bales 6, Sandusky 4, Frei 10, Ullman 2, Davison 0, Kellstrom 0. Totals: 22 11-13 56.
McMinnville7 8 8 — -- 26
Klamath Union16 10 18 12 -- 56
3-point goals -- McMinnville — (Flanigan 1), Klamath Union — (Arthur 1). Fouled out -- McFaddin.