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Clackamas girls up their stock

The Cavaliers move ahead of Oregon City in the Class 6A rankings

CLACKAMAS - Last week was a huge morale-booster for Clackamas' girls basketball team.

After adding Gresham to their growing list of victims on Dec. 21, the Cavaliers moved ahead of Oregon City in the Class 6A coaches poll. Clackamas last week was ranked third in the state; Oregon City, after losing two of four games at a tournament in Phoenix, was ranked fourth.

Depth continued to be the Cavaliers' strength against Gresham.

Becky Buhler scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the first half to lead the Cavaliers to a 33-22 halftime advantage. But she was but one of five Clackamas players contributing 8 or more points to the winning tally in a 60-41 Cavalier victory.

Jen Reece (12 points), Monica Strous (10 points), Cameryn Calhoun (8 points) and Alisa Griggs (8 points) also made major contributions on offense.

The Cavaliers sported a 6-1 record heading into last week's NIKE Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.

Clackamas begins Three Rivers League play on Friday, Jan. 4, when the Cavaliers meet Lake Oswego on the road.

Oregon City and Clackamas go head-to-head on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Oregon City.