Roundup: Woodburn girls close out season, boys prep for playoffs
The Woodburn girls basketball team concluded its 2018-19 season on Feb. 19 with a 72-47 loss at home to the No. 6 Philomath Warriors (21-3, 11-1 Oregon West Conference).
After falling behind 23-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs nearly matched the Warriors point for point in the second period and went into halfdown down 42-24.
But Philomath continued to build its lead coming out of the gates in the third quarter, taking a 32-point lead heading into the fourth.
Freshman Aria Kent led the Bulldogs with 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while going 7-for-10 from the free throw line. Junior Willow Nesham and senior Tatiana Garcia had seven points each for Woodburn (2-10, 4-19), which finished sixth in the Oregon West Conference with its best record since the 2016 season.
It was the final game for seniors Garcia, Michelle Quezada, Jocelyn Santillan, and Jordan Mann.
The No. 4 Woodburn boys wrapped up their regular season on a high note, beating the Philomath Warriors (12-11, 4-8 Oregon West Conference) 52-40 on senior night.
The Bulldogs opened the night with a strong first quarter, outscoring the Warriors 12-5, but Philomath's offense came alive in the second period and the two teams went into halftime knotted up at 25-25.
Coming out of the break, Woodburn held Philomath scoreless in the third quarter to take a 34-25 lead and dropped 18 points in the fourth to seal the victory.
Senior R.J. Veliz led the Bulldogs with 20 points, including three 3-pointers, while fellow seniors Trevor Karsseboom and Tyson Doman each reached double figures with 12 points. Karsseboom knocked down a pair of triples, as the Bulldogs racked up eight 3-pointers on the evening.
Woodburn (20-4, 10-2) finished the regular season in second place behind the conference champion No. 3 Stayton Eagles (19-3, 12-0), and both teams earned an automatic bye into the first round of the 4A state tournament.
It's the fourth consecutive post-season berth for the Bulldogs, but the first trip to the 16-team state playoff tournament since 2011. Woodburn has previous fallen in the play-in round in 2012 and 2016-18.
Woodburn will host its first-round state playoff game on Friday, March 1 against the No. 13 Mazama Vikings (12-10, 7-3 Skyline Conference). The winner will advance to the 4A state quarterfinal tournament hosted March 7-9 at Pacific University and Forest Grove High School.