Clackamas girls basketball routs Grants Pass 65-31 to earn Class 6A tournament berth
The Clackamas girls basketball team couldn't afford to leave anything to chance.
So the Cavaliers — hosting Grants Pass in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs with a state tournament berth in the line — stepped up early and often, using their size, depth and shooting to overwhelm the Lady Cavers 65-31 at Clackamas High School on Saturday, March 5.
"We knew we had to come out and hit first because they're a super physical team and that's what we did," said Clackamas freshman guard/forward Jazzy Davidson, who led all scorers with 30 points (on 14 of 18 shooting from the field, including one 3-pointer and a 1 of 3 day at the free throw line), along with five steals, three assists, one rebound and one blocked shot. "We're definitely clicking as a team at this point in the season and it's really fun playing with these girls."
"The mindset was just going in and playing together because we knew we were going to win if we played together," said freshman guard Sarah Barhoum, who finished with 10 points (on 4 of 9 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers), along with two rebounds two assists and one steal. "We needed to just come out with really good intensity and cheer each other on."
"Right now, we need to be playing our best basketball and I think everybody's just starting to click all the way up," added junior post Eliza Buerk, who added eight points (on 3 of 7 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers), along with five rebounds and two assists.
Next up, fifth-ranked Clackamas will face fourth-ranked Lakeridge — a 54-39 winner over Oregon City on Saturday — in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state tournament at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.
"If we get just play together, we'll be able to win," Barhoum said. "We'll just try really hard and work our butts off."
"We're playing our best basketball," Buerk said. "We're having fun and we're just playing the game."
With the win — Mt. Hood Conference co-champion Clackamas' 16th straight — the Cavaliers improved to 25-2 overall. No. 21 Grants Pass, meanwhile, saw its two-game winning streak snapped and ended its season at 13-10 after finishing third in the Southwest Conference.
For Grants Pass, the Lady Cavers were led by sophomore guard Brooke Anderson's 16 points (on 6 of 13 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers and a 2 of 3 day at the foul line), along with two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Sophomore guard/forward Brooklyn Wakefield added eight points (on 2 of 6 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers and a 2 of 4 day at the foul line), along with one assist.
The Cavaliers took control of this one early, blasting out to a 13-2 lead in the game's first 3 minutes, 28 seconds, then extending their edge to 25-7 at the end of the quarter. Davidson and Barhoum did the heavy lifting there, with Davidson pouring in eight first-quarter points while Barhoum hit her first three shots — including two 3-pointers — to score eight points in the game's first 2:45.
If Grants Pass had any hopes of a rally, Davidson killed them with a monster second quarter that included 10 points (hitting 4 of 5 shots from the field), three steals and a block to lift the Cavaliers to a 41-10 advantage at halftime.
Buerk stepped up for five points (including a 3-pointer) in the third quarter, while Davidson finished her day with 11 more points, hitting 5 of 6 shots from the floor, one foul shot and adding two more steals and another rebound as the Cav lead crested at 61-22 and Clackamas coasted home to win easily.
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