Mazama girls claim Class 4A crown
CORVALLIS — Hannah Reynolds had 16 points and top-ranked Mazama won its first state championship with a 53-43 victory over La Grande in the OSAA Class 4A girls tournament finale on Friday night.
Megan Morris added 13 points for the Vikings (26-2), who closed the season with a 24-game winning streak. Mazama, of Klamath Falls, had been bumped from the tournament in the first round for the past two seasons.
Lauren Mills had 13 points and eight rebounds for third-ranked La Grande (23-6), which led by as many as six points in the first half. Breanna Partney added 12 points for the Tigers.
Mazama took an early 10-4 lead but the Tigers answered with a 7-0 run and led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter. It was the first time the Vikings had trailed after the opening quarter in the tournament.
La Grande extended the lead to 20-14 after a pair of free throws from Madison Elliott.
Shaylee Totten and Reynolds each hit 3-pointers to pull Mazama into a tie, but Mills hit a 3 to hold the Vikings at bay.
Mazama would take a 24-23 lead after two free throws from Morris and the Vikings went on to lead 25-25 at the half.
La Grande wrestled back a brief 30-29 lead on Mills' layup, but Morris made a 3-pointer that gave Mazama a 34-30 lead.
Anna Grigsby's layup for La Grande tied it at 41 with 4:36 left. Morris held off the Tigers with a jumper and Karena Foust added free throws to give Mazama a 45-41 lead 2:34 left.
The Vikings extended the lead to 50-41 on free throws from Reynolds with 1:15 left and cruised to the win.
La Grande handed second-ranked Sutherlin its first loss of the season in the semifinals to advance. Mazama defeated Cascade in the semifinals.
SPRINGFIELD, WILLAMETTE MEET FOR TITLE — At Eugene, Mercedes Russell recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 12 blocks to lead two-time defending champion Springfield to its third-straight Class 5A girls basketball title game with a 61-40 semifinal win against Hermiston at Matthew Knight Arena.
Russell, a 6-foot-6 senior post headed to the University of Tennessee, tied the OSAA tournament record for blocks in a game. She has 18 blocks in two games so far at the tournament, also a record.
Springfield (24-3) will face Willamette in the championship tonight. The Wolverines (22-4) defeated Corvallis 69-44 in the late semifinal Friday, paced by Lexi Bando with 24 points.
The Millers defeated Willamette for the state title last season.
NO. 1 LAKERS UPSET — At Portland, Ryan Shearmire scored on a drive to the basket with 21 seconds remaining as West Linn stunned previously-unbeaten Lake Oswego 37-36 Friday in the OSAA Class 6A boys basketball semifinals.
West Linn (22-6) advances to the state championship game to face Central Catholic (24-4), which defeated Jesuit 45-37 in the late semifinal at the Rose Garden. The loss ended the Crusaders' reign as four-time state champions.
West Linn, which won a boys basketball state title in 1997, was led by Anthony Mathis with 10 points. Hayden Coppedge scored nine points, while Shearmire had eight points and eight rebounds.
Calvin Hermanson, a 6-foot-7 forward who signed at Saint Mary's last November, hit 8 of 15 shots and scored 20 points lead top-ranked Lake Oswego (27-1).
Earlier this season, the Lakers beat West Linn by margins of 13 and 22 points.
West Linn led 33-26 heading into the fourth quarter, but Lake Oswego went on a 10-2 run, taking the lead on Hermanson's driving layup with 1:23 remaining. Following Shearmire's go-ahead basket, West Linn caused a turnover during the final second to seal the win.
Mitchell Franz had 13 points and Deante Strickland added 12 points for the Rams. Austin Dyer grabbed 10 rebounds to help Central Catholic out-rebound Jesuit 36-25.
CHURCHILL TO MEET JEFFERSON — At Eugene, Emanuel Morgan had 20 points and Churchill advanced to its first state title game in 12 years with a 67-55 victory against Mountain View in the OSAA Class 5A state boys basketball tournament.
Churchill (23-4) advances to play Jefferson, a 67-58 winner over Silverton, in the championship game tonight. The Democrats (23-4) won three straight state titles between 2008 and 2010, but missed the tournament the past two years.
Keidren Johnson added 14 points, and David Shedrick, Malik Morgan and Andrew Smith scored 10 each for the Lancers, who won Class 4A titles in 2001 and 1995.
Mitch Modin scored 22 points to lead the Cougars (22-4), who couldn't overcome their 26 turnovers.
A 12-2 run at the start of the second quarter put the Lancers up 22-9 at the 5:19 mark and they went into halftime leading 34-24.
Churchill's lead was still 10 points, 41-31, with 3:26 to play in the third when a three-point play by Johnson sparked a 10-1 run to end the quarter and the Lancers went into the fourth up 51-33
Victor Sanders scored 21 points while Devaunte Paschal added 18 and Silas Melson had 14 for Jefferson.
Paschal had 10 points in the first four minutes of the game and also ended the first quarter with three steals and three assists and his team leading 18-8.
Sanders took over in the second quarter, scoring nine of his 12 first-half points to help Jefferson take a 38-18 advantage into halftime.
Silverton's Zach Gengler led all scorers with 23 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. His four-point play with 1:24 remaining made it 59-53, but the Democrats held off the Foxes the rest of the way.