Cavs are looking for consistency on offense
Their defense gives Clackamas a chance to hang with anyone
Clackamas girls basketball coach Todd Lane says he likes his Cavaliers chances of advancing to the eight-team Class 6A State High School Championship Tournament.
I think we have a good shot, Lane said last weekend. We have to get by three teams that are very capable of beating us. But, if we bring our top game, I think we have a good shot at getting back [to the 6A State Tournament].
Lane said he is confident his charges will continued to play the hard-nosed defense that has brought them success this season.
But we need to be a little more consistent on offense, he said. Weve been a little more inconsistent on offense than Id like. Hopefully we can make shots and play defensively the way weve been playing.
The Cavaliers (19-5, 8-2) entered postseason ranked fourth in the state in the OSAA power rankings, trailing only South Medford (22-3), Three Rivers League champion Oregon City (17-6, 9-1) and St. Marys (20-4).
Theyve proven themselves one of the states top defensive teams, giving up just 40 points a game, while scoring 58.
They were to meet 30th-ranked Grants Pass (7-16) in Tuesdays first round of the playoffs.
With a win, theyd host either 13th-ranked Tualatin (13-9) or 20th-ranked Centennial (14-9) this Friday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.
The Cavaliers have had balanced scoring this year, which has made it difficult for opponents to defend. Clackamas leading scorers heading into postseason were: Sydney Azorr (9.9 ppg), Kaitlyn Reiner (9.8 ppg), Erika Pagano (9.3 ppg) and Erin McDonald (8.2 ppg).
Clackamas coeds got the job done at Canby on Feb. 25, defeating the Canby Cougars 44-32 and finishing the Three Rivers League season 8-2 (19-5 overall).
The Cavaliers finished second to Oregon City (17-6, 9-1) in the league standings, two games up on third-place West Linn (17-6, 6-4), and three games in front of fourth-place Canby (16-8, 5-5).
Lane said that the Canby game was nowhere near his squads best game of the year.
It was an ugly game, said Lane. Both teams looked a little sluggish. We missed a lot of close-in shots....
Lanes Cavaliers turned the ball over 18 times and they made only 36 percent of their shots from the floor (16-of-44).
The Cavaliers went up 11-8 in the first quarter and they led the rest of the way, although the Cougars stayed close.
McDonald (14 points), Pagano (11 points) and Reiner (10 points) headed up the Cavalier offense. McDonald was 5-of-8 from the field, with two 3-pointers.
Pagano played a strong game all around, with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals to go with her 11 points.