Controversial ending helps Sutherlin girls get by Junction City
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Miranda Mendenhall made a pair of free throws with one second left and Sutherlin defeated Junction City 44-42 in the late game. Elise Nord hit two free throws to pull seventh-ranked-ranked Junction City (19-6) into a 42-all tie with seven seconds remaining.
Kayce Mock finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for undefeated Sutherlin, which won the state title in 2008 and was the runner-up last year.
Christina Puderbaugh had 14 points for the Tigers, who had won 13 straight going into the game.
Mendenhall advanced the ball up court as time was winding down. She made contact with a Junction City player, but charging was not called. Then as Mendenhall put up a shot, a foul was called on the Tigers, sending Mendenhall to the line.
The Bulldogs remained unbeaten at 26-0 and will play La Grande Thursday at 6:30pm.
Sadie Trump made a free throw with 11 seconds left and Cascade held on to edge La Salle Prep 43-42 in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 4A girls tournament on Wednesday.
Cascade (20-5) advances to face top-ranked Mazama in the semifinals on Thursday at Gill Coliseum. The Vikings (25-2) defeated Brookings-Harbor 76-37 in the early quarterfinal.
Third-ranked La Grande (21-5) and No. 2 Sutherlin (26-0), winners of late games Wednesday, will play in the other semifinal.
After Trump's free-throw put the Cougars ahead, Morgan Smith missed a layup on the other end with four seconds remaining as fourth-ranked LaSalle fell short.
The game was a rematch of the 2011 state championship when Cascade also beat the Falcons, who were undefeated until the final.
Austyn Lowder had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Cougars. Allison Ilg also had 14 points for La Salle (22-4).
Caleigh Smith had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Mazama, which jumped ahead 11-2 early on Amber Lease's layup and cruised the rest of the way over Brookings-Harbor.
Hanna Reynolds added 14 points and nine assists for the Vikings, who led by as many as 42 points.
Mallory McDonald had seven points for ninth-ranked Brookings-Harbor (19-8).
Denise Comfort had 15 points and seven rebounds as La Grande defeated No. 6 Banks 49-47.
Kayla Hardie finished with 13 points for Banks, which finished in third place last year.
The Tigers led by as many as 14 points in the second half but Banks closed the gap to 42-40 after a pair of free throws from Lexi Chang with 1:55 left. Hardie's 3-pointer pulled Banks within 48-47 with 18 seconds left, but Breanna Partney hit a free throw for the final margin.