Southridge emerges from elite field, wins River City Classic
Southridge's McKelle Meek scored 18 points and Cameron Brink added 16 to lead the Skyhawks of Beaverton to a 60-49 victory over Mt. Spokane in Sunday's championship final of the End of the Trail River City Classic girls' basketball tournament at Oregon City High School.
In Sunday's semifinals, Southridge's Kyla Vinson scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the second half as the Skyhawks pulled away from Oregon City for a 49-22 victory in a match-up of two programs that faced off for the OSAA Class 6A championship in November.
Brink, the 6-foot-5 sophomore, scored 10 points in the semifinal as the reigning 6A champion Skyhawks outscored Oregon City 31-9 in the second half to break open what was a five-point game at the break.
"We didn't shoot well," Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf said. "We had a plan of attack defensively and offensively, and we executed it for the most part. We just didn't make baskets."
Oregon City played without playmaker Brooke Bullock, who was away on a family vacation, yet rolled through the first four rounds of the three-day tournament with wins over South Eugene (63-29), Tualatin (66-39), Union (56-44), and Central Valley (52-46), setting the stage of Sunday's showdown with Southridge.
"I'm really happy with how we played," Guelsdorf said. "Finishing second in our bracket against a team that I think for us, we learn more in that loss than they do in the win. To be this far along this early in the summer is great."
Clackamas, playing in the Ruby Bracket with Mt. Spokane, went 2-2 in the tournament, opening with wins over Monroe of Washington (49-37) and Camas (48-43), before falling to Sheldon (50-39) and Benson (74-73).
La Salle Prep, also in the Ruby Bracket, went 4-1 in the tournament and finished on a high note, edging Benson 40-39 in the third-place game to avenge an earlier 62-36 loss to Benson.