Oregon City's Kaari Guelsdorf scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as the Pioneers rolled to a 63-29 victory over South Eugene in Friday's opening round of the End Of The Trail River City Classic girls' basketball tournament at Oregon City High School.
Tyra Bradford and Rory Shedler added 11 points each for the Pioneers, who rallied from an early 9-2 deficit to take a 35-18 halftime lead.
Madison McGowan finished with nine points to lead South Eugene.
"A little sluggish to start, but … it's summer and I'm not worried about winning in June," Pioneers coach Kurt Guelsdorf said. "Of course, we're going to coach every game to win them, but we've got our eyes set on bigger goals down the road."
A total of 120 teams were set to compete in three divisions during the three-day tournament, showcasing most of the elite girls' basketball programs from Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
The tournament continues through Sunday with the champions for the Division 1 Diamond and Ruby brackets scheduled to meet at 2:15 p.m. at Oregon City High School to determine the overall champion. Brackets and schedule information is available online at www.eotbasketball.com or by downloading the free "EOT basketball" application for smart phones.
By Jim Beseda
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