OC will be the team to beat
OREGON CITY - With 10 players from their 14-player state tournament roster returning - including three starters, the Oregon City Pioneers will be the team to beat in the Three Rivers League girls basketball - and perhaps in Oregon - next season.
Fielding one of the youngest teams in the state, the Pioneers made a pretty good run in 2010-11, placing third at state and finishing with an overall record of 24-5 - their 26th consecutive 20-win season.
Three sophomores started for the Pioneers at state, 6-0 post Johanna Paine, 5-8 wing Jenae Paine, and 5-5 point guard Montana Walters.
Johanna Paine was a first-team all-league selection. She was the Pioneers' leading scorer (15.2 ppg) and rebounder (7.4 rpg), and she averaged 56 percent shooting from the field. Johanna Paine also averaged 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals.
Jenae Paine (11.6 ppg) was second only to her sister on the team in scoring, and she was the Pioneers' top 3-point shooter (60-of-143, 42 percent). Jenae Paine was named to the TRL's second all-star team.
Walters averaged 5.6 assists and 5.1 points.
The Pioneers will also return juniors Rachel Roberts (5-6 point guard), Jade Lowery (5-6 point guard), Marcie Lugar (5-8 wing), Melissa Taylor (5-10 post) and Paige Lloyd (5-8 wing); and sophomores Tiani Bradford (5-8 wing) and Catelyn Preston (5-10 post).
Lowery averaged 5.5 ppg.
The Pioneers averaged a tournament record 66.3 points at this year's state tournament. Two-thirds of those points (44 ppg) were scored by underclassmen.
Jenae Paine scored a team-high 16 points as the Pioneers hammered Tigard 66-36 in the quarterfinals.
Johanna Paine scored a team-high 12 points in a 72-61 loss to 2011 state champion Jesuit in the semifinals.
Johanna Paine (18 points), Jenae Paine (17 points) and Lowery (15 points) headed the scoring in a 72-55 win over South Eugene in the third-place final.
Missed from this year's lineup next season will be seniors Aly Holterhoff (5-9 post), Jordy Klebaum (5-8 wing), Nicole Peters (5-8 wing) and Ashleigh Anderson (5-7 wing).
Holterhoff averaged 9.1 points, 63 percent shooting, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a team-high 2.2 steals. Klebaum averaged 9.3 points.
Holterhoff, who averaged 10.9 points and was Oregon City's top 3-point shooter in 2009-10, missed nearly all of the 2010-11 season because of a knee injury.