Roosevelt surprises Oregon City in playoff opener
6A GIRLS BASKETBALL
|Roosevelt Roughriders (16-9)|
|#10 Oregon City Pioneers (17-8)|
The Oregon City girls basketball team suffered an unexpected end to their season with a 54-47 first-round playoff loss to Roosevelt on Thursday night.
Oregon City spotted the Roughriders a sizable first-half lead before making a charge coming out of the halftime locker room. Brooke Bullock and Katie Kathan sank 3s during the comeback, and the teams traded the lead six times.
"We were able to finish at the offensive end and got a few stops, just not enough to put us over the top," Oregon City coach Tiffani Traver said.
Roosevelt got things flowing its way again when senior India Gultry dribbled into the lane, attracted a crowd of defenders and kicked the ball out to teammate Irie Wright, who splashed home a 3. Gultry got to the line in Roosevelt's next trip and sank both foul shots to put the Riders up 36-30 in the opening minute of the fourth.
"Oregon City did a nice job coming back in the third, turning us over and finding open 3s," Roosevelt coach Dennis Carline said. "We went back to our 2-3 zone, and the girls played their positions well."
The Pioneers went to a full-court press with mixed results in the fourth quarter.
Roosevelt's Sierra Greely fired a pass over the top of a double-team trap near the scorer's table, finding teammate Taylor Greene alone under the basket to push the Riders' lead to 48-39 nearing the five-minute mark.
"The put on the press and wanted to speed us up," Roosevelt guard Mahogany Menefee said. "We just had to slow things down and keep control of the game."
Oregon City wasn't ready to wave the white flag just yet.
Tyra Bradford sank a 3-pointer from the right side. The Pioneers forced a turnover out of its trapping defense, which resulted in Kealy Kmetic getting loose for a breakaway layup that pulled Oregon City to within three.
"We were effective with the press when we sprung it on them and caught them off guard. That's when we were able to create some turnovers," Traver said.
Emmaly Welch drew a charge on the defensive end, erasing a Roosevelt bucket and forcing a turnover. Oregon City's shot at a tying 3-pointer came off the back of the rim with two minutes to play.
Roosevelt went 8-for-11 (.727) at the free-throw line in the fourth to secure the victory — Menefee knocked down 5 of 6 all within the last 1:24.
"Those are free buckets — you have to put them in," Menefee said.
Oregon City was held to one basket over the game's final three minutes.
Down five with 0:35 on the clock, Oregon City saw its comeback hopes vanish on a desperate possession that included four misses from beyond the arc.
"Those are kids we usually count on to hit those, but they just didn't go down," Traver said.
Oregon City finishes the season with a 17-8 record.
This story is slated for our March 6, print edition.
6A GIRLS FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
ROOSEVELT 17 8 13 16 — 54
OREGON CITY 8 9 17 13 — 47
Roosevelt (54) — Mahogany Menefee 16, Morris 8, Gultry 8, Nordstrom 6, Wright 5, Greely 5, Evans 4, Greene 2.
Oregon City (47) — Brooke Bullock 12, Welch 11, , Bradford 8, Fortin 6, Kathan 4, Martineau 4, Kmetic 2, Pedersen.