There's a moment in every high school basketball game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For Jan. 24 of the 2020 Oregon high school basketball season, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Basketball Tab.
NORTH MARION 83, MADRAS 52: The top-ranked North Marion Huskies got a much-needed punch off the bench from senior Hunter Wierstra in the team's Friday, Jan. 24, win over Madras. The reserve guard capped a 13-3 run to end the first quarter by hitting a buzzer-beating layup on a pass from teammate Johnny Page. Wierstra duplicated the play with a buzzer-beater to end the second quarter and added a trio of 3-pointers in the second half to reach double figures on the night.
MILWAUKIE 51, LA SALLE 40: With 6:05 to play in the fourth quarter, Milwaukie's Jalen Mey muscled his way into the lane and hit a pull-up jumper that gave the Mustangs a 38-36 lead. Mey's basket also sparked a game-clinching 15-4 run that helped the Mustangs snap a six-game losing streak in their Northwest Oregon Conference series with the Falcons. It was Milwaukie's first win over La Salle since Jan. 29, 2016, when the Mustangs downed the Falcons 53-40 at Milwaukie.
BARLOW 63, DAVID DOUGLAS 55: The Bruins rallied from down six in the second quarter to score the road win. Melanie Hiu sank 7 of 10 free throws, all in the second half, on her way to 15 points.
SOUTHRIDGE 58, MOUNTAINSIDE 44: In the second quarter, Southridge senior McKelle Meek rejected a ball screen, crossed over from right to left, got a half step on a Maverick defender and finished through contact for a key three-point play in the second quarter.
CROOK COUNTY 67, PENDLETON 65: With time winding down and the game tied 62-62, Crook County's Jesse Sanchez drilled a 3-point shot for his only points of the game. The basket gave the Cowboys a three-point lead before they closed out the game with a pair of free throws by Caleb Arnold for the key Intermountain Conference win.
WEST LINN 46, CANBY 42: The West Linn girls basketball team trailed Canby by five points in the third quarter and led just 37-36 in the final four minutes of their Friday, Jan. 24, contest at Canby High School. But following a missed free throw by Cougars' guard Arika Evans, West Linn's Audrey Roden pulled down the rebound, pushed the ball upcourt and four teammate Peyton Shelstad in the right corner for a 3-pointer that gave the Lions a 40-36 edge they would never relinquish.
FOREST GROVE 32, MCMINNVILLE 31: After McMinnville's Hannah Galan knocked down 4 of 6 free throws late in the game to give the Grizzlies a three-point lead, McMinnville went into a stall. But Forest Grove was able to force a turnover, which they turned into two Olivia Grosse free throws to cut the lead to 31-30, and when Mac missed a shot inside with 32 seconds left, the Vikings found Grosse in transition, setting up the senior's game-winning basket.
TIGARD 72, LAKERIDGE 51: The Tigers certainly had plenty of highlights in their Friday, Jan. 24, Three Rivers League game at Tigard High School, but junior wing Drew Carter had the most spectacular moments of the game, throwing down back-to-back dunks in the fourth quarter. First, Carter had a one-handed dunk coming off an alley-oop pass from junior post Edward Beglaryan. Then, moments later, Carter came up with a steal and a breakaway two-handed dunk.
WEST LINN 61, CANBY 49: In a matchup of unbeaten Three Rivers League teams, it was West Linn freshman guard Jackson Shelstad who helped put the game on ice for the Lions. With West Linn leading just 38-36 after a 3-pointer by Canby sophomore Alexander Evans, West Linn senior Gus Michelson scored on a putback, and Shelstad — who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half — added a steal and layup to give West Linn a 42-36 lead with 5:45 remaining.
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