Girls basketball: Oregon City blitzes Central Catholic early, wins 58-45
Oregon City's Kaari Guelsdorf had the hot hand Friday night, scoring 17 of her game-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Pioneers to a 58-45 Mt. Hood Conference girls' basketball road win over Central Catholic.
Guelsdorf, tbe 5-foot-9 senior guard, went 6-for-9 from the field with five three-pointers in the first half as the Pioneers raced out to a 37-18 halftime lead.
Brooke Bullock also scored in double figures with 13 points, and Kylie Guelsdorf added eight to help Oregon City (6-7, 3-0 Mt. Hood) keep pace with Clackamas atop the league standings.
Central Catholic's Abigail Cooper scored a team-high 16 points and Isabella Scarlett had 11 for the Rams (5-8, 2-1).
"That was a big win for us," Pioneers coach Kurt Guelsdorf said. "Regardless of records, we've never had much luck in this gym. And for us to come out shooting like we did, with Kaari hitting and everyone making plays, we got to them early."
Oregon City broke the game open in the first five minutes, racing to a 19-1 lead behind Kaari Guelsdorf, who hit her first four shots of the quarter, including three from long distance.
"If you're going to put a label on our players, Kaari is our 'shooter,'" Kurt Guelsdorf said. "And she had lots of room, too. Those were good, wide-open looks and it was nice, because when teams play a 1-3-1 and do those types of things, those are the shots that you're going to get.
"You've got to make enough of them to really make the other team think and maybe get them to play man-to-man, and then we can kind of out-athlete them a little bit."
Central Catholic also struggled against the Pioneers' high-pressure defense early on as the Rams came up empty on 10 of their first 11 possessions, going 0 for 5 from the field with six turnovers.
Scarlett got inside and scored to cut Oregon City's lead to 24-15 early in the second quarter, but then the Pioneers went on a 13-3 run in the final 4:04 of the half, pushing the lead to 37-18 at the break.
Oregon City's largest lead of the game was 44-22 midway through the third quarter.
"You get on them early, it gets them a little down," Kurt Guelsdorf said. "I would have like to have rebounded a little bit better in stretches, but certainly getting on them early was god stuff for us.
"As coaches, we want every possession to be perfect, so at the end you're kind of, 'Ahhhh?' But, really, a good job by the group to get a win here in a gym where we really haven't shot it all that well."
CLACKAMAS 82, REYNOLDS 15: Kalani Hayes finished with 18 points to lead four Clackamas players in double figures and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Mt. Hood Conference co-leaders ran away from the visiting Raiders Friday.
Alyson Miura added 16 points, Elly Bankofier had 13 points and nine assists, Bri Phiakhamngon finished with 10 points, and Ciara James had four points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Cavaliers (11-1, 3-0 Mt. Hood).
LA SALLE PREP 72, PUTNAM 33: Taycee Wedin scored a season-high 30 points and Kylie Burg had a season-high 21 points, leading the Falcons to a Northwest Oregon Conference road win Friday over the Kingsmen.
Emily Niebergall finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to help the defending 5A state champion Falcons (9-4, 3-0 NWOC) extend their longest winning streak of the season to four games.
Wedin, who entered the game averaging 19.3 points a game, hit 11 of 16 shots from the field, including a perfect 6 for 6 from three-point range.
HILLSBORO 44, MILWAUKIE 39: Katherine Salas had 14 points and six assists, and Kylie Fernstrom added 13 points and five rebounds in Friday's NWOC win over the visiting Mustangs.
India Gultry finished with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs, who took a 34-26 lead into the fourth quarter.
Hillsboro opened the fourth with a 13-3 run, taking a 39-37 lead on a Salas three-pointer with 1:05 to play.
After Gultry scored on a lay-in to pull Milwaukie even, Fernstrom hit from long range to give Spartans the lead for good, 42-39, with 43 seconds to play.
GLADSTONE 37, SCAPPOOSE 28: The Gladiators (4-10) won for the third time in four games in their final tune-up before Tuesday's Tri-Valley Conference opener at home against Corbett.