Facing their toughest stretch of the regular season, No. 3-ranked South Wasco County Redsides defeated North Clackamas Christian, Country Christian and Perrydale, all ranked in the top-12, in three non-league girls basketball road matchups.
On Dec. 21 in Oregon City, SWC outscored North Clackamas Christian 29-13 through the first three quarters of play to pick up a 34-24 triumph.
Madisen Davis led with 14 points; Abby Birman chipped in eight and Kyrsten Sprouse rattled off seven points, as the Redsides sank 13 field goals, two 3-pointers, and made 6 of 16 free throws.
The team’s biggest victory of the season came on Dec. 27 in Molalla against No. 1-ranked Country Christian, which had SWC coming out on top by a 48-44 score.
The Redsides led 27-25 at the half and 37-32 entering the fourth period.
In the game, SWC drilled 20 field goals, one 3-pointer, and canned 7 of 11 free throws.
Davis put up 13 points, Jada Myers checked in with 12, Birman scored 11, and Destiny Mora-Lopez notched six points.
No. 7 Country Christian (9-3 overall) was led by Lizzie Grandle’s 26 points.
The following day on Dec. 28 at the Moda Center in Portland, SWC secured a 24-17 win over Perrydale.
Birman hit for 10 points, Myers had six and both Davis and Mora-Lopez rang in four points apiece, as the Lady Redsides sank 10 baskets and went 4 of 6 from the line.
No. 11 Perrydale (10-2) ended action with a season-low six field goals and made 5 of 14 free throws.
SWC heads to Dufur for a league tilt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and then hosts Echo at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
Sherman drops to 0-6 to start year
The Sherman Huskies have trudged to an 0-6 record, but the team had one of their best efforts at home in Moro versus Condon-Wheeler on Dec. 22, a 39-37 loss.
Desiree Winslow reeled off a season-high 21 points, 11 in the second half; CJ Johnson had six; Sammie Lepinski ended up with five and Taylor Henderson hit for four points to lead the Huskies, who led 19-14 at halftime.
In all, the Huskies totaled 10 field goals, four 3-pointers, and drilled 13 of 20 free throws.
Condon-Wheeler (3-7 overall, 1-1 league) ended with 18 field goals, one 3-pointer, and converted 2 of 11 free throws.
Abby Colby posted nine points and Megan Aamodt notched eight points to lead the Knights.
On Dec. 20, Sherman kicked off league action with a 51-20 road loss at Ione, with the Cardinals using second-half runs of 11-4 and 13-5 to expand on a 27-11 halftime cushion.
Ione (7-2, 2-0) made 19 field goals, two 3-pointers, and were 11 of 26 from the line.
Sherman rang out seven field goals, two 3-pointers, and finished 4 of 15 on free throw attempts.
Winslow scored five points, and both Daisy Brown and Johnson put in three points each.
Sherman (0-6, 0-2) hosted Dufur at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and heads to Hood River for a game versus Hood River Valley’s junior varsity squad at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Dufur girls run skid to nine games
The Dufur girls basketball team played games against Echo, Ione and Joseph and wound up losing all three contests over the Christmas break.
In league action on Dec. 21 in Echo, the Rangers lost, 51-43, in a matchup where both teams combined for 66 free throws.
After ending up knotted at 9-all through one quarter, Echo went on a 29-20 run in the second and third quarters to lead 38-29 entering the final quarter.
Dufur had 14 field goals, two 3-pointers, and made good on 13 of 28 free throw tries.
Mona Meanus paced the Lady Rangers with 13 points; Kayla Bailey had 11; and the tandem of Brooke Beachamp and Kierstin White posted four points each.
At Dufur on Dec. 22 versus Ione, Jessica Brown went for eight points, and Beachamp swished seven points in the Rangers’ 59-37 loss.
Ione went ahead 41-21 at the break and put the finishing touches on a lopsided win with a 13-7 third-quarter surge.
Following up Brown and Beachamp were Bailey (six points) and Emily Crawford (five points), as Dufur made 15 baskets and went 7 of 21 from the line.
Wrapping up their holiday, the Dufur Rangers hosted Joseph on Dec. 27 and lost by a 65-23 final score in a non-league contest at Dufur High School.
Joseph jumped out in front, 23-6, after one quarter and swelled its 44-16 lead with a 21-7 fourth-quarter spurt.
Following Saturday’s road game at Sherman, Dufur hosts South Wasco County at 6 p.m. Tuesday, before ending the weekend at Fossil versus Condon-Wheeler at 6 p.m. Friday and at home against Arlington at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Sherman boys vault to No. 6
In nine games, the Sherman Huskies have vaulted up to No. 6 in the 1A boys basketball rankings.
On Dec. 20 at Ione, Luke Martin canned a team-high 26 points and Keenan Coles tacked on 20 points in Sherman’s 73-35 road victory.
The Huskies had a strong start with runs of 25-9 and 20-5 to set the stage for a 38-point outburst.
All told, Sherman hit for 27 field goals, three 3-pointers, and hit 16 of 30 free throws.
Wade Fields chipped in nine points, Owen Christiansen had six and Nick Riggs put up five points.
Ione (1-9 overall, 0-7 league) could only muster 14 field goals, five 3-pointers, and hit 2 of 9 on free throws with Taylor Rollins scoring nine points to lead his team.
Two days later, the Huskies hosted the Condon-Wheeler Knights in a Big Sky Conference battle that had Sherman erasing a 41-39 deficit with a 27-19 fourth-quarter rally to take hold of a 66-60 win.
In the game, Sherman had 24 field goals, one 3-pointer, and went 16 of 27 on free throw shots, 8 of 11 in the fourth quarter.
Coles reeled off 20 points; Martin followed with 18; Fields scored 10 and Christiansen was good for nine points to spearhead the Huskies.
For No. 15-ranked Condon-Wheeler (6-4, 1-2), Hunter Winslow scored 21 points and Cooper Johnson had 19, as the Knights tallied 21 field goals, five 3-pointers, and shot 13 of 15 from the line.
On Dec. 27, Sherman was on the road against Prairie City and lost on a deep jumper by Levi Burke at the buzzer, 54-52.
Sherman takes a trip to play No. 8 Horizon (6-3, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Dufur boys get things rolling
The Dufur Rangers earned to league wins, but lost by a 60-55 final versus at Joseph on Dec. 27.
Versus Echo (1-10 overall, 0-3 league), Daniel Radcliffe dropped 25 points; Tabor McLaughlin had 10; Trey Darden went off for nine and Cooper Bales scored eight points to lead the Rangers, who made 37 field goals, three 3-pointers, and went 1 of 7 from the line.
Up next, Dufur (6-3, 2-0) hosted Ione and got a hot start from Bales and Radcliffe in a 52-20 drubbing.
Bales scored all 11 of his points and Radcliffe chipped in 10 in the first period to push Dufur ahead by a 42-8 margin at halftime.
Tanner Masterson put up seven points, and Cole Kortge swished six points, as Dufur drained 23 baskets, two 3-pointers, and hit 4 of 15 free throws.
On Dec. 27 versus No. 11 Joseph (7-5), Dufur misfired on 1 of 6 second-half free throws and were outscored 34-26 in the second half of a 60-55 road loss to Joseph.
Radcliffe and Bales put up 15 points each; Darden tacked on eight and Masterson poured in seven points, as the Rangers ended up with 24 field goals, four 3-pointers, and went 3 of 9 on free throws.
Dufur hosts South Wasco County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
SWC boys lose three in a row
The South Wasco County Redsides went 0-3 over the Christmas break in boys basketball action.
On Dec. 18 at Arlington, Garrett Olson netted 21 points and 19 rebounds in South Wasco County’s 62-38 loss.
Arlington used a 23-6 second-quarter run to expand on an 11-11 tie after one period.
Oscar Thomas added eight points, Alex Stebbins hit for four points, as SWC had 15 field goals, one 3-pointer, and went 7 of 10 on free throws.
At North Clackamas Christian on Dec. 21, the Redsides fell behind 42-29 at the half and got as close as six points in the fourth quarter, but missed two straight shots with a minute left in a 65-57 loss.
Overall, SWC had 18 field goals, five 3-pointers, and went 17 of 22 from the line, as Olson paced the Redsides with 36 points and 13 rebounds, Thomas chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Ben Birman added a 3-pointer.
Versus Country Christian on Dec. 27 in Molalla, the Redsides trailed by one point on a 3-pointer by Thomas with 15 seconds left, but could not get a late foul call in their 53-52 loss.
Olson put up 25 points and 17 rebounds, Thomas chalked up 17 points, nine boards and four steals, and Stebbins had four points and four steals to lead SWC.
The Redsides hit 17 field goals, six 3-pointers, and went 9 of 13 from the free throw line.
SWC (5-5, 1-2) is at Horizon Christian for a game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and then heads to Dufur for a league game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.