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Girls basketball misses playoffs by 8 points

The Lady Rangers missed qualifying for the Capital Conference playoffs by eight points.

The Lady Rangers missed qualifying for the Capital Conference playoffs by eight points.

Molalla beat the Estacada High School girls' varsity basketball team 49-41 last Tuesday to tie North Marion for fourth place in the league. The Lady Rangers finished their season on a six-game losing streak with a 3-9 conference record and a 7-15 season record.

Estacada led at halftime, but midway through the third quarter the Indians had inched their way in front of the Lady Rangers. Estacada didn't score in the final two minutes of the quarter, and by the end of the third, Molalla had a 33-29 lead.

The Lady Rangers had senior guard Melita Elliot tore a ligament in her knee during the Stayton game on Feb. 2. That was the beginning of Estacada's losing slide.

Last week, against Molalla, with Elliot on the bench and teammates in foul trouble, the Estacada had trouble scoring late in the game and the Indians walked away with the win.

The Lady Rangers won their three league victories against North Marion, LaSalle and Molalla. The girls in white and green won at Molalla on Jan. 29, 48-45, in overtime.

Elliot, who was scheduled to have surgery on her knee on Monday, will graduate in June with teammates Kayla Adamson, Krista Beck, Sarah Rask, Sara Bradford and Tanya Holran.