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Basketball roundup: North Marion boys earn playoff berth

North Marion boys

The Huskies won a pair of league games against Estacada and Molalla last week to earn their first playoff appearance in three years.

The Huskies beat Estacada 66-48 Feb. 18 and followed with a 45-39 victory over Molalla Thursday night, guaranteeing them a third-place finish in the Tri-Valley Conference.

Kerry Cook led the team with 21 points against the Rangers, while Kyle Williamson added 12 points and six steals.

Cook and Williamson again guided the team against the Indians. Cook had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Williamson added 10 points and seven steals.

The Huskies (14-9, 6-3 Tri-Valley) were scheduled to finish the regular season Tuesday against the No. 6 Gladstone Warriors. The team’s play-in game will be determined following Tuesday’s game.

Go to www.woodburnindependent.com for up-to-date playoff schedules.

North Marion girls

The Huskies split a pair of games last week and joined a three-way tie in the Tri-Valley Conference.

North Marion opened the week with a 67-59 win over Estacada on Feb. 18. The team followed with a 50-32 loss at Molalla.

The Huskies were scheduled to close the regular season Tuesday at Gladstone. The team is currently ranked No. 22 in the OSAA polls and is on the bubble of qualifying for the state play-in round, which will be announced after Tuesday’s games.

Woodburn boys

The Bulldogs’ up-and-down season continued last week, as the team lost 95-32 to West Albany Wednesday before dropping a 57-35 contest against Crescent Valley Friday night.

Sergio Espinoza led the team with 14 points, including seven in the first quarter to help Woodburn take a 13-11 lead after eight minutes.

But the Raiders hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 46-22 over the final three periods of play.

Since Jan. 7, Woodburn has gone 6-6 and has clumped their wins and losses in groups of three, including the team’s current three-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs (8-13, 5-6 Mid-Willamette) will seek to break their current slump in the final week of the regular season, beginning with a home game against Corvallis that was scheduled for Monday.

Woodburn follows with a trip to Lebanon Wednesday and a game at Dallas Friday night.

Kennedy boys

The Trojans’ season came to an end Wednesday when Kennedy was ousted out of the Tri-River playoffs in a 54-42 loss at East Linn Christian Academy.

In his final games for Kennedy, senior Max Jaeger led the team in scoring with 11 points. Freshman guard Brett Traeger added 10, while Mark Unrein and Noah Giberson scored five each.

JFK led 15-14 after the first quarter, but let the Eagles take a 49-31 lead after three quarters and couldn’t make up the deficit in the final eight minutes.

Unrein led the team with seven rebounds and two assists to go along with five points

Gervais girls

The Lady Cats wrapped their season Feb. 18 with a 28-20 loss in the West Valley playoffs to the Westside Christian Eagles.

Gervais (4-19, 4-10 West Valley) finished the season in sixth place in the conference standings.



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