Basketball: Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin girls open playoffs today
It's do-or-die time.
Win, or your season is over.
It's the start of the Class 6A girls basketball state playoffs, and the Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin girls teams will all jump into postseason play today.
Tualatin will be the only one of the three local squads to be playing at home today. The Timberwolves will host Clackamas in a Class 6A Class 6A state playoff first-round game, starting at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School.
Tualatin, the No. 3 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 8 team in the final OSAA power rankings, is 18-6 on the season. Clackamas, the No. 3 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, and the No. 25 team in the power rankings, is 14-10 on the season. The teams met earlier in the season, with the Timberwolves getting a 58-32 win in a game played back on Dec. 13 at Clackamas High School.
Tualatin, if it wins tonight, will host either Southridge or Lakeridge in a state-playoff second-round game on Friday.
Sherwood will travel to West Salem tonight for a first-round state playoff contest starting at 7 p.m. Sherwood, the No. 4 team out of the Pacific Conference, and the No. 23 team in the power rankings, is 12-12 on the season. West Salem, the No. 2 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference, and the No. 10 team in the power rankings, is 19-5 on the season.
The Lady Bowmen, if they can pull the upset tonight, will either host Lincoln, or play at Sheldon, in a state-playoff second-round game on Friday.
Tigard will be heading to the southern part of the state today, to face South Medford in a game starting at 6 p.m. at South Medford High School.
Tigard, the No. 7 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 31 team in the power rankings, is 5-19 on the season. South Medford, the Southwest Conference champion, and the No. 2 team in the power rankings, is 22-3 on the season.
The Tigers, if they're able to get the major upset today, will play at either Grant or Bend in a state-playoff second-round game on Friday.
The winners of Friday's second-round games will advance to play in the Class 6A state tournament, which starts March 14 at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.
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