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Cascade denies Rogue River shot at Class 3A girls crown

PORTLAND -- Toran Lundgren made up for some lost time at the expense of the Rogue River girls on Friday night.

Cascade's 6-foot senior center was a one-person wrecking crew in leading her team to a 57-43 win over the Chieftains in the semifinals of the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament at the Chiles Center.

She's a great high school basketball player, Rogue River coach Dan Mortinson said of Lundgren, who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help her team into tonight's championship game against Central of Independence.

There really wasn't any other way we could play her. She just had a tremendous game.

The loss ended Rogue River's 12-game winning streak and sends the Chieftains (23-3) into tonight's third place game against top-ranked and two-time defending champion Marist at 7 p.m.

Lundgren's big effort came on the heels of a 21-point game against Gladstone in Thursday's quarterfinals. The agile senior has been on a roll since returning from a broken leg suffered early in the season, and she's taken her team within one game of the state title.

Our posts are playing with confidence right now, Cascade coach Mark Stevens said. They're a force to be reckoned with.

That was especially true in the first half when Cascade (18-10) used a big second quarter to break the game open. Lundgren, who scored 15 of her points in the first two quarters, hit from a variety of angles around the basket.

With Megan Pemberton -- an All-Capital Conference performer, on the bench with early foul trouble, Sarah Powell stepped in and added a couple of big baskets to compliment Lundgren, as the Cougars hit a blistering 57 percent of their field goals (16 of 28) in the first half.

After playing a solid first quarter, Rogue River struggled in its halfcourt offense in the second quarter. The Chieftains also struggled from the field, hitting only 6 of 24 shots in the first two periods and a 33-19 deficit.

They hit us with a barrage of shots and we made some mistakes and got a little tentative, Mortinson said.

While the Chieftains lost by the same amount they trailed by at halftime, they definitely went down fighting.

After three Lundgren baskets helped push the lead to 20 (41-21) early in the third quarter, Rogue River scored 11 unanswered points. Sarah Jones -- who fought her way to 19 points and 13 rebounds -- and Mindi Yost both hit a pair of baskets during the surge.

After the first half we were kind of knocked back on our heels, but we came back and gave ourselves a chance, Mortinson said.

Rogue River had a chance to cut the lead below double digits heading into the fourth quarter, narrowly missing when Shae Wright made a short jumper just after the buzzer.

I'm not sure it that would have made a difference, but we might have had a little more momentum, said Mortinson.

Instead, Cascade regrouped and earned a chance to square off with conference foe Central for the title. The Cougars ran off six points -- including four more by Lundgren -- early in the fourth quarter to distance themselves for the final time.

The Chieftains never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

After solid wins over Waldport and Sutherlin to open the tournament, Rogue River realized it was in with the class of the state. Mortinson had no problems with the effort put forth by his team and is hoping the Chieftains can regroup for a final run tonight.

Emotionally and physically, we spent ourselves tonight, said the coach. We're just going to have to go out and try to rebound.

ROGUE RIVER (43) -- Jones 19, Orton 4, Wright 4, Yost 11, Anderson 2, Hannan 3, Badley 0. Totals: 15 13-19 43.

CASCADE (57) -- Wallace 10, Pemberton 7, Lundgren 26, Rosling 2, Iwen 4, Powell 8. Totals: 24 9-14 57.

Rogue River12 7 13 11 -- 43

Cascade15 18 9 15 -- 57