Friday's top five: Check out the five biggest high school basketball games from Jan. 8
There's no fight like a fight between brothers.
And that's what was going on across the state's hardwood basketball courts on Friday, with all Oregon's high school teams moving into league play and beginning the race to the 2016 state playoffs.
With all that excitement going on, Community Newspapers was there to document a bunch of it.
Among the games covered by Community Newspapers' sports editors, reporters and photographers on Friday night, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at the top five results from Friday's contests. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the new Prep Basketball tab to see it, just hover over the Sports tab on all our websites.
The West Linn boys basketball team got back on its home court on Friday following a pair of highly competitive tournaments and it suited them well. The Lions had one of their best shooting nights of the season in their league opener against Lake Oswego and cruised to a 93-58 victory.
It took a long time, but Southridge finally put Century away.
Several times on Friday night, the Skyhawks appeared to establish a little breathing room between themselves and the Jaguars. But each time, the visitors rallied and kept hanging around – at least until the fourth quarter.
In that final stanza, Southridge got a big effort from Natalie Hoff in the post and held Century to just two points to pull out a 45-38 victory in both teams Metro League opener.
Out to prove themselves one of the top high school boys basketball teams in the state, the unheralded Oregon City Pioneers did just that, as they took eighth-ranked Clackamas down to the wire in a 48-47 loss on Friday at Clackamas High School.
Molallas Alicia Schultz scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the first half to help pace the Indians to a 66-60 non-conference girls basketball victory over the visiting Elmira Falcons Friday night at Capasso Court.
Two of the best 2A teams in the state squared off at St. Paul High School on Friday night, with the visiting No. 1 Kennedy Trojans withstanding a fourth-quarter rally by the No. 10 St. Paul Buckaroos for a 41-36 victory.