Oregon City girls breeze by Jesuit 54-29
OREGON CITY Youth proved no handicap for Oregon Citys girls basketball team in Friday nights season opener with Jesuit as the Pioneers hammered the 11th-ranked Crusaders, winning 54-29, despite a cold night of shooting.
Rallying around aggressive defensive play at both ends of the floor, the Pioneers forced no fewer than 27 turnovers, and they out-rebounded their taller guests 38-27.
The Pioneers jumped to a 15-6 advantage in the first quarter and they were in command all the way, despite making only 21 of 59 (35 percent) shots from the floor. The Crusaders also struggled to find the basket, finding the mark on only 10 of 41 field goal attempts (24 percent).
We missed a lot of easy shots, said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. But when you create 27 turnovers and hold a team to 24 percent shooting, thats good stuff. And the girls did a great job of crashing the boards for rebounds. They played well.
Sophomore Cierra Walker (16 points), 5-10 sophomore post Taylor Shaw (12 points) and senior wing Jessica Gertz paced the Pioneers in scoring. Walker hit four 3-pointers and she sparked the offense with three assists.
Senior point guard Toria Bradford played a strong game all around, with six points, five steals and four assists.
Alyssa Durr, a 5-7 senior wing, and Shaw headed up the effort on the backboards, with 17 rebounds between them.
We beat a good team, said Guelsdorf. Jesuit is not a great team, but theyre a good team.
No one from Jesuit reached double digits in scoring.
Ranked fourth in the state in the first Class 6A coaches poll of the season, the Pioneers play sixth-ranked Tigard on the road this Friday. Then its on to holiday tournaments in Phoenix, Arizona, and Delaware. They return to Oregon on Jan. 3, when they play Glencoe on the road.