Community Newspapers is about more than just the state's biggest schools

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Banks' David Schorn leaps through the defense to take a shot during Banks' 37-25 loss to Tillamook.The state's biggest schools are going to get their high school basketball coverage.

They have more students, more big-time college recruits and some of the state's best-known coaches.

But there's gold elsewhere, too, and we here at Community Newspapers get that. So take a look below at a handful of big results that came from some of the state's smaller schools on Friday night.

Banks girls keep pedal to metal in 59-14 victory over Tillamook

They’re getting really, really close now.

The Braves girls basketball team rolled to a never-in-doubt 59-14 victory at home against Tillamook on Friday night. While the outcome was expected — Banks won the first matchup this winter against the Cheesemakers by 47 points — it was an important victory nonetheless.

That’s because it essentially locked up the Cowapa League title for the No. 2-ranked Braves, who ran their win streak to 13 consecutive games and have won 17 of their last 18. With just two conference contests remaining, Banks sits at 19-3 overall and 8-0 in the Cowapa, while second-place Valley Catholic is two games back.

Tillamook boys grit one out over Banks 37-25

For long stretches of Friday night’s game, the Braves couldn’t buy a basket.

It’s hard to win that way, and the Banks boys basketball team didn’t, falling 37-25 to visiting Tillamook on Senior Night.

Molalla girls make quick work of Crook County 58-13

Molalla’s Audrey Rieskamp finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and seven steals – all game highs – as the Indians rolled to an easy 58-13 Tri-Valley Conference girls’ basketball home win over Crook County Friday at Capasso Court.

Valley Catholic girls team's bold rallies fall just shy against Seaside

With just two games to go in the regular season, there still remains a great deal of untapped potential in the Valley Catholic girls basketball team.

For all its efforts, Valley hasn't scraped its ceiling. Four of the Valiants' five losses have come by less than three points, including Friday's 48-46 setback to Seaside at Valley Catholic High School.

Valley sits at 17-5 overall with a 6-2 record in the Cowapa League, good enough for second place in conference. Seaside moved to 15-8 overall with a 5-3 Cowapa League mark. Valley hosts league-leading Banks on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Damascus girls finish in first place

The Damascus Christian girls basketball team held on through a rough finish Friday night to claim the Valley 10 regular-season title with a 31-22 road win at North Clackamas Christian.

The Valley 10 tournament begins Thursday at Multnomah University. No. 5-ranked Damascus Christian (18-3) has earned a spot into Saturday night's title game.

C.S. Lewis boys earn share of first-ever title

Although Friday night's regular season finale versus Falls City wasn’t particularly pretty, C.S. Lewis Academy got both things it wanted.

The Watchmen were a bit on autopilot in a 38-16 win over the Mountaineers, but found out shortly afterward that Crosshill Christian had beaten Perrydale, meaning that all three teams finished 14-2 and would share the Casco League title.

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