girls hoop

South leads playoff runners in girls hoop

Class 6A features a cast of mostly fresh faces
March 7, 2012

South Medford kept is season of destiny going Wednesday in the Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals, while chief rival Oregon City got shelved.

The Panthers, ranked No. 1 all season, beat Glencoe 62-50 to reach the semifinals for the first in school, while the Pioneers, ranked second virtually all season, lost to Three Rivers League rival West Linn, 49-43, at the Rose Garden.

South Medford will face Central Catholic, another school that has not won a state title, in the semifinals Friday, while West Linn will play Westview, which is the lone remaining school to have won a title - in 2000.

Central Catholic beat St. Mary's 51-48, while Westview edged Southridge 39-37.

At 5A, defending champion and top-ranked Springfield and No. 2 Willamette easily won their quarterfinals to continue on a path to a championship showdown. Springfield overwhelmed Wilsonville 59-15, while Willamette beat Milwaukie 59-32. The Millers will play Bend, a 49-39 winner over Hermiston, in the semifinals Friday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, while Willamette will play West Albany, a 52-36 winner over Lebanon. West Albany lost to Springfield in the final last year.

Bend has never played in a final.

At Class 4A, both Philomath and Banks scored upsets to reach the semifinals. Philomath, seeded fourth, upset No. 1 seed Madras, 34-32, while third seed Banks beat second seed Mazama, 44-33. In the other quarterfinals, top seed Sutherlin beat Cascade 41-38, and second seed Tillamook beat third seed Henley 43-37.

Philomath will face Tillamook and Sutherlin will face Banks in the semifinals at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Banks and Tillamook are playing for their first title.



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