Skyhawks win easily in first round of the Class 6A playoffs, face Canby on Saturday

TIMES PHOTO: MATT RAWLINGS - Southridge senior Maggie Freeman drives to the basket against David Douglas on Tuesday.

BEAVERTON — Southridge has dominated 6A girls basketball in Oregon all season long, and their first round playoff game on Tuesday was no different.

Sophomore post Cameron Brink torched David Douglas for 29 points on the night as Southridge easily took care of the Scots, winning by a score of 84-23.

Savannah Proske was the only David Douglas player in double-figures with 10 points.

"We have some good teams in our league, like Oregon City and Clackamas, but what we saw tonight was a different level," David Douglas head coach Chris Cavanaugh said. "(Southridge) is at the top of the line in this state. But I'm proud of the way the girls fought. They did what they could."

The Skyhawks enforced their will immediately as the game started. The Scots were unable to break Southridge's full-court press in the first two minutes, which allowed the Skyhawks to get out to an 8-0 lead before David Douglas could even get a shot off.

The Scots finally got a pair of layups from Proske and Taya Johnson to end the drought, but by that time, Southridge had already jumped ahead 23-7.

Southridge's size advantage was especially apparent in the first quarter with Brink, who is 6'4", going off for 10 points in the period.

"We definitely put an emphasis on coming out hard against every team that we play against," Brink said. "We had mismatches in size at just about every position, so we knew that we could get it into the post and we were able to share the ball really well."

David Douglas's Kaylee Reeves provided a quick spark off the bench midway through the second quarter, scoring five straight points for the Scots. But Southridge ended the half on a 10-0 run to take a 44-14 lead into the break.

"I was looking at this game as an awesome challenge for us to go against a state-championship caliber team," Proske said. "I'm just glad we got a chance to leave everything on the court. We played hard and our teamwork has gotten a lot better over the course of the year."

As dominant as Southridge was in the first half, they turned it up another notch in the third quarter, hitting their first three triples and outscoring the Scots 25-6 in the period.

"It certainly wasn't a perfect game, but I thought we did a great job in our man defensive in the second half," Southridge head coach Michael Bergman said. "We had the mentality that we weren't going to take a play off. I was happy with how we played."

Southridge will host Canby on Friday in the second round of the playoffs.

While it ended it blowout fashion, it was still one of the best seasons in recent memory for David Douglas with reaching the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

"Making the playoffs was our main goal coming into this season, so these girls can walk out of here proud," Cavanaugh said. "We got a chance to play the number one team in the state during the playoffs. It's huge for us."

Proske also added: "It took a lot of hard work from all of us to get to this point and it was all worth it."

TIMES PHOTO: MATT RAWLINGS - Southridge sophomore Cameron Brink led the Skyhawks with a game-high 29 points versus David Douglas.

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