Clackamas girls dominate inside game in 51-30 win over McNary
Clackamas' inside game was a little more than McNary was prepared to handle at either end of the floor Wednesday afternoon.
Kalani Hayes and Ciara James finished with 12 points and six rebounds each, leading the Cavaliers to a 51-30 victory over the Celtics in the opening round of the Nike Interstate Shootout girls' basketball tournament at Lake Oswego High School.
Clackamas' Elly Bankofier and Megan Huynh added 10 points each as the Cavaliers won their sixth consecutive game to open the season while handing the Celtics their first loss in eight games.
With leading scorer Alyson Miura sidelined for the second straight game due to illness, the Cavaliers made a concerted effort to work the ball inside to the 6-foot-2 James and the 5-11 Hayes.
"I felt like we executed what we wanted to do really well, but I don't know if we finished as well as we would have liked to around the basket," Cavaliers coach Korey Landolt said. "We got a lot of really good shots and good attempts right at the hole, but we left points out there, which I know is frustrating for the players when they're missing shots like that.
"We took a step forward. We're not there yet, but we're making strides."
Hayes scored the final basket of the first quarter to give Clackamas an 8-6 lead and then the Cavaliers outscored McNary 14-6 in the second quarter to take a 22-12 halftime lead.
The issue for the Celtics wasn't so much on defense, but had more to do with an offense that struggled to create decent scoring opportunities against Clackamas' zone defense.
"We hadn't faced anybody with that kind of size and that much athleticism, so it was a good test for us," McNary coach Elizabeth Doran said. "They really bothered us on defense and we just weren't ourselves offensively because of it."
Doran would have liked to see her team move the ball a little quicker and play more of an inside-out game.
"We kind of just passed the ball around the outside and then they pushed us out even further," she said. "We should have been attacking the gaps more, but we just haven't faced anybody with that much size and length, and we just went back on our heels a little bit offensively."
In the third quarter, McNary's Kailey Doutt got inside for a basket that cut Clackamas' lead to nine points, 24-15, but the Cavaliers answered with an 8-2 run that pushed the lead to 32-17.
Clackamas continued to pull away in the fourth, never letting the lead slip to fewer than 10 points.
"Our defensive intensity was good," Landolt said. "We came out in our zone defense, just because we didn't have a real good match-up for our posts, size-wise. We protected the paint really well and McNary really had to work hard for anything.
"They got a couple good looks, but we were dominating the boards and had a couple blocked shots at the hole, so I feel like defensively we came out and executed what we wanted to do."
McNARY....... 6 6 8 10 -- 30
CLACKAMAS 8 14 10 19 -- 51
McNary (30) -- Kailey Doutt 12, Alfaro 2, Kinler 2, L. Doutt 3, Hawley 9, Proctor 2, Downer, Buss.
Clackamas (51) -- Kalani Hayes 12, Ciara James 12, Bankofier 10, Huynh 10, Mongelli 3, Phiakahmngon 4, Duarte, Morris.