Woods hits shot at the buzzer to beat Perrydale

GIRLS BASKETBALL - Damascus advances to fourth-place game Saturday
by: Brian DeBill, Damascus guard Rebecca Holding drives to the basket. The Eagles fell 58-35 against No. 2-ranked Joseph in the state quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

The Damascus Christian girls basketball team beat Perrydale 24-22 in the consolation semifinals Friday morning in Baker City.

Perrydale tied the game on a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left, and Damascus held the ball for a final shot. The Eagles avoided overtime when Laramie Woods connected on a short jumper at the buzzer.

Damascus trailed 20-16 going into the fourth quarter, but didn't give up a field goal through the final eight minutes.

Damascus advances to play Triad in the fourth-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

• Damascus fell 58-35 against Joseph in the state quarterfinals Thursday afternoon. The Eagles scored the first five points of the game, but Joseph rushed back to take a 31-14 halftime lead.

"They got a big run on us, and we were playing catch up the rest of the way," Eagles' coach Dave Wakefield said.

Damascus cut the gap to 41-29 when Woods knocked down a short jumper in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. But Joseph regained command quickly when Megan Yost knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

Look for extended state tournament coverage in the Saturday, March 3, issue of the Gresham Outlook.