Turnovers spoil Trojans state bid
- Cliff Pfenning
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Wilson's short run in the girls Class 4A state tournament proved that the Trojans will need better guard play to make it back in 2004.
The Trojans committed 22 and 25 turnovers in losses to No. 9 Central Catholic and No. 5 Glencoe. They also struggled to make aggressive moves to the basket. Wilson's best weapon was University of Oregon-bound center Jessie Shetters, who had 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting in her prep finale.
'It takes a lot of practice to make a layup running at full speed,' says sophomore Zabrielle Little, the most effective Wilson guard in the tourney. 'But we have other guards coming back, so I'm hoping we'll improve on that. And we have a couple of 6-foot girls who will probably be on the varsity as freshmen.'
Wilson's returning players include junior Amy Foster, a 6-foot forward who averaged 11 points per game.
Starting next season, every team will need at least two state playoff victories to reach the eight-team state tournament. The PIL's four girls teams went 1-5 in playoff games this season, after going 0-5 last year.
Wilson, 18-7, led both Central and Glencoe after one quarter.
'We had fun and got back to the state tournament,' senior Tabitha Boyd says. 'And we won the league title. That's our big accomplishment.'
Jefferson's bid to reach the final 16-team tourney was snuffed out one game short for the third straight year when they lost to No. 4 Lakeridge 58-51.
The Democrats played with the taller Pacers for most of the game but couldn't make enough layups or keep Lakeridge from key offensive rebounds.
Junior guard Brittney Davis says Jefferson will be more inspired next year to win the Portland Interscholastic League title.
'We've got to take care of business during the regular season,' Davis says. 'We just relaxed in a couple games when we shouldn't have. We've got to be better than that.'
Winning the PIL won't guarantee a spot in the state tournament next year, though.
Lincoln had one of the most entertaining two-game runs in this year's state playoffs. The Cardinals trailed 17-1 at the end of the first quarter against visiting Thurston, then roared back to win 49-47. Lincoln trailed at Hermiston 18-2 after one quarter, then outscored the Bulldogs 15-0 in the second period before losing 43-33. Watch for the Cardinals to improve next season.
NOTES: PIL baseball and softball league play will begin on April 7 and end May 15, a week before the state playoffs for both sports. Virtually all of the PIL's softball league games will be played at Delta Park in North Portland. Franklin, the defending champion in baseball, has a new coach in Adam Shaw, who played at Cleveland.
The PIL dance championships will take place Saturday at Franklin, with the first round at noon and the second round at 5 p.m.
Catlin Gabel golf team members Sean Rawls, Alec MacColl, David Schwartz, Alex Roman, Alex Mercer and Jamie Langdon will play Sunday in the Bandon Dunes Speedgolf Classic, where the winning score is a combination of strokes and minutes for 18 holes and competitors run between shots, carrying a small bag with only a handful of clubs. É Catlin coach John Hamilton, who also coaches cross country, says speedgolf helps his players learn to trust their instincts. Players who normally take several practice swings 'are realizing that their pace of play can speed up in regular golf, too, and that they can score just as well,' he says. 'Quail Valley and Pumpkin Ridge have let us practice, and one of our players shot 43 for nine holes in about 26 minutes the other day.'