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Reynolds races past South Salem 61-52

GIRLS BASKETBALL - The Raiders build a 19-point lead in the fourth period
by: David Ball, Reynolds students Ryan Lane (R), John Pflaun (H) and Austin Danielson (S) scored their school spirit on their faces during a girls playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 27. Reynolds beat South Salem 61-52 and will play at Sheldon in a second-round game Friday night.

The Reynolds girls basketball team raced to an early lead and never looked back during a 61-52 win against South Salem in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Tuesday night.

The Raiders built an 11-2 lead by using their pressure defense to hold the visiting Saxons without a field goal through the first five minutes. Reynolds extended to a 37-21 margin at halftime when guard Renee Tzeo scored seven points within a 30-second span.

'We had to set the tempo and show them that we meant business,' Tzeo said.

Reynolds maintained a double-digit lead through most of the second half before South Salem put together a meaningless charge in the final two minutes to cut the final margin to nine points.

'This is a huge win, it puts us one step closer to the Chiles Center,' Tzeo said.

The No. 7-ranked Raiders advance to play at No. 8 Sheldon on Friday, March 2, with the winner gaining a berth in the state tournament.

• In other playoff action, Lake Oswego built an 18-3 first-quarter lead to blow past David Douglas 80-35. Kelsey Mattsen led the Scots with 13 points. Southridge earned a similar win against Gresham, breaking out to a 36-10 halftime lead to beat the Gophers 66-28. Aimee Frutchey paced the Gophers with 13 points. North Medford jumped on top of Barlow 18-3 en route to a 61-26 win. Allison Syring paced the Bruins with eight points.

Extended basketball coverage will appear in the Wednesday, Feb. 28, issue of the Gresham Outlook.