Clackamas earns first title
Clackamas overcame red-hot South Medford with solid defense and free throws
PORTLAND - Clackamas used a pair of pressure-packed wins and some timely scouting to play its way past South Medford’s fast-paced offense to claim the programs’ first state girls basketball title Saturday at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center.
Senior Rhyan Mogul scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds and the Cavaliers made 19 of 24 free throws on the way to a 56-46 win the in the title game of the OSAA/U.S. Bank state tournament.
Senior Jazzy Davidson added 12 points, and the Cavs led held off a late comeback from the Panthers, who cut an 11-point deficit to four, 50-46, with three minutes left. Clackamas hit all six of its free throws in the remainder of the game for the final score.
Clackamas finished the season at 27-4, having earned some revenge in the quarterfinals with a 67-42 win over Beaverton, which ended their potential title run last season, and then beat No. 1 Jesuit in the semifinals, 39-34.
Donovyn Hunter led South Medford with 15 points, but the Panthers hit just one of 12 three-point attempts and could not overcome Clackamas’ steady scoring.
South, which beat West Salem 65-35 in the quarterfinals, and Barlow 71-33 in the semifinals, finished at 27-4 overall.
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