Girls basketball: Clackamas rocks Oregon City in third-place game
Clackamas' Alyson Miura scored a team-high 13 points to lead a balanced attack that carried the Cavaliers to a 53-33 victory over Oregon City in Saturday's third-place game at the Nike Interstate Shootout girls' basketball tournament at Lake Oswego High School.
Elly Bankofier finished with 11 points and Kalani Hayes added 10 points and seven rebounds as the Cavaliers (8-1) thoroughly dominated an Oregon City team missing six players who sat out the entire four-day tournament with suspensions.
Clackamas all but put the game away in the first quarter when the Cavaliers shot a blistering 75.0 percent (12 for 16) from the field with six three-pointers and raced to a 30-4 lead.
The Pioneers (3-7) trailed 41-17 at halftime and never got cut the lead before 18 point points in the second half.
"Tonight, I was more worried about us than anything else," Clackamas coach Korey Landolt said. "I mean, we took a good beatin' on Friday from Southridge, and I wanted to make sure that our girls came out and player together and played with a lot of energy. And I think we did that.
"We came out shooting well, we shared the ball a lot better than we had all week, and we executed what we wanted to do on defense. Seeing us play like that was a good lift for us."
Oregon City's Kylie Guelsdorf led all scorers with 14 points, and Tyra Bradford added 13 points, but the Pioneers were no match for Clackamas with three starters and three key reserves each serving part of a five-game suspension for a violation of school rules.
"For us, the tank was on empty," Pioneers coach Kurt Guelsdorf said. "The heart and the mind were trying, but that body just couldn't go, and you could just see it.
"Considering our situation, it was going to be an uphill battle no matter what, and then Clackamas comes out and goes 6-for-9 from the three-point line in the first quarter and it made the climb too steep. It takes good players to beat other good players, and not that we didn't have good players on the floor, but we were out of gas."
The Cavaliers looked sharp in their fourth game in four days. The starting five -- Ciara James, Bri Phiakhamngon, Bankofier, Hayes and Miura -- provided 80 percent of the scoring, while reserves Savannah Duarte, Megan Huynh, Payton Mongelli and Olivia Morris saw more playing time than they'd seen in any of the previous three games.
"Our athletes didn't look too terribly fatigued tonight, which was a good sign as far as our conditioning goes," Landolt said. "I think we got a lot of good minutes from our bench this week."
Clackamas opened the tournament with a 51-30 win over previoiusly unbeaten McNary, then edged La Salle Prep 56-53 on Bankofier's three-pointer at the buzzer in the quarterfinals, before falling to Southridge in the semis.
Saturday's game marked the final tune-up before both teams open Mt. Hood Conference play on Friday -- Clackamas on the road against Gresham, while Oregon City plays host to Centennial.
Are the defending league-champion Cavaliers ready for what's next?
"We've got a lot of tweaking that we need to do this week in practice," Landolt said. "I think the biggest takeaway from these four days was that they showed us what we need to work on during practice to take care of ourselves.
"We can be our own worst enemy at times, and so seeing all these things has given me a laundry list of things that we need to get better at over the next few weeks no matter who we're playing. We've got to take care of ourselves."
Oregon City defeated Hermiston 42-39 in the tournament opener, and then downed South Salem 56-42. In the semifinals, the Pioneers put up a decent fight against Desert Oasis before falling 47-35 to the Diamondbacks of Las Vegas.
"For us, 2-2 was our goal coming into the tournament, and that was a lofty goal," Kurt Guelsdorf said. "We knew we were in the deep end of the pol once we won the first two, which was a little unexpected. So, I can't be too upset.
"I'm not a fan of losing the Clackamas, of course, and I'm a competitor, so we'll learn from this game, for sure, and hopefully we'll be ready to go the next time we see them in a couple weeks."
The Pioneers will still be at less than full strength for Friday's game against Centennial and then will get the suspended players back for the Jan. 9 road game against Reynolds.
"Behind the scenes, those kids have had some work," Kurt Guelsdorf said. "They're not going to come in without having played basketball. I think it will be a very important two weeks leading up to Clackamas (on Jan.16).
"I've been around long enough to know if we're playing our best ball in March, that's always the best thing."
OREGON CITY 4 13 9 7 -- 33
CLACKAMS...... 30 11 10 2 -- 53
Oregon City (33) -- Kylie Guelsdorf 14, Bradford 13, Edwards 3, Kathan 2, Welch 1, Lugo, Willard, Hamilton, Ekert, Hood, Martineau.
Clackamas (53) -- Alyson Miura 13, Bankofier 11, Hayes 10, Phiakhamngon 9, Huynh 6, James 4, Mongelli, Morris, Duarte.