OC girls go 2-2 in Arizona
Ice-cold shooting leads to a pair of losses
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Oregon City High School's fourth-ranked girls basketball team traveled here before Christmas seeking competition to prepare them for the hoop battles in Oregon, and they found plenty of it.
The Pioneers went 2-2 in the Dec. 19-22 Phoenix Tournament of Champions, defeating Dobson, Ariz. 62-46 and Harper Hall, Ten. 62-47, but coming up short in games with Westview, Ariz. (56-47) and San Clemente, Calif. (59-43).
Playing their fourth game in as many days, the Pioneers' depth turned the tide in Oregon City's 62-47 win over the Harper Hall Bears in the Pioneers' Dec. 22 tournament final.
The score was tied at 34-34 at the end of the first half. But the Pioneers' aggressive full-court defense paid dividends in the second half, as they forced numerous turnovers and pulled away. The Bears turned the ball over nine times in the first three minutes of the third period.
Sophomore Brittany Knighton had a huge game, with a game-high 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
Kenna Borgmeier sparked the Pioneer offense with seven assists.
Lindsey Shearer tallied 12 points.
Harper Hall was ranked fourth in the state in Class 5A in Tennessee.
Cold shooting plagued Oregon City in the Pioneers' Dec. 21 loss to San Clemente. The Pioneers found the basket on only 27 percent of their attempts from the field and they lost the battle of the backboards.
Shearer (10 points, 9 rebounds) and Melair Holterhoff (10 points) were the only Oregon City players to reach double figures in scoring.
The Pioneers (4-2) were in Gillette, Wyoming last weekend competing in the Energy Classic. They begin league play this Friday, when they entertain Milwaukie.