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Girls hoops updates: Southridge (Ore.), Auburn Riverside win again

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 9, 2008 at 4:24 am with No Comments »
March 9, 2008 4:24 am

Auburn Riverside pulled out a 48-40 victory against Kennedy. It wasn’t pretty, but the Ravens won their second straight title. There’s a story in Sunday’s paper, but the game ran a little late, so look for another story in Monday’s TNT.

As for Oregon, this comes from the AP (I listened to part of the game on the radio before the Riverside game started)….Puyallup native Michael Meek’s Southridge girls won their fourth straight Oregon title.

Southridge 49, Oregon City 43

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Senior center Michelle Jenkins scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Southridge to its fourth consecutive state championship with a hard-fought 49-43 victory over Oregon City on Saturday.

Southridge became the only school besides Oregon City to win four consecutive state titles at Oregon’s highest level.

After a ragged offensive performance in Friday’s semifinal victory over top-ranked Central Catholic, the Skyhawks came out with a determined effort in the first quarter of Saturday’s championship game.

The Hawks hit 7 of 13 shots in that period and had a commanding 18-6 lead heading into the second stanza. But Southridge scored just four points over the next eight minutes while committing eight turnovers.

That helped Oregon City whittle Southridge’s lead to 22-16 heading into the locker room at intermission.

Southridge regained its composure through the first five minutes of the third quarter while pushing its lead to a game-high 15-point margin at 36-21. Five different Southridge players tallied during that stretch but Jenkins, with four of those points, was the only one to score more than a basket.

Then, just as the game was on the verge of getting away from Oregon City, the Pioneers struck back with a 10-2 run that cut Southridge’s lead to 38-31 at the close of the third period. Lindsey Shearer spurred the comeback with a steal and two baskets.

The Skyhawks didn’t relinquish the momentum for long, though. Just as they did in their semifinal victory over Central Catholic, the Hawks used a stingy defense to keep Oregon City’s offense off-balance. By the midway point of the final period, Southridge’s lead had grown to 44-33.

Oregon City was able to make an impressive run after that, and got help from Southridge, which missed a string of free throws down the stretch.

That made it possible for Oregon City to score six unanswered points, which cut the deficit to 44-39 with 59 seconds left. A short time later, it was 47-43 after Kiara Tate hit one of two free throws for Southridge and Oregon City’s Karlie Gach answered with a length-of-the-court driving basket to make it 47-43.

But the comeback eventually ran out of time and Southridge managed to hang on for the win.

Jenkins and senior point guard Alex Earl, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, were members of all four of Southridge’s championship teams.

Oregon City, which was led by Shearer’s 13 points and 10 by Melair Holterhoff, has the state’s best championship run. The Pioneers had a string of five straight titles form 1994 through 1999. They also won four straight from 2001 to 2004.

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