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Jenae Paine sinks the game-winner in an overtime win over Mount Rainier


Still ranked No. 1 in the OSAA high school girls basketball power rankings, the Oregon City Pioneers lived up to their billing last week, knocking off Mount Rainier, the top-ranked big-school team in Washington, and breezing by Lake Oswego (73-28) in Three Rivers League play.

Last Friday’s rout of Lake Oswego was the 16th win in 17 outings for the Pioneers, who outscored their first 17 opponents by an average tally of 68-42.

The Pioneers notched a huge win on Jan. 21, defeating Mount Rainier 54-52 in overtime in the King Showcase Classic Girls Basketball Tournament, held at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

It was the first loss in 17 games this season for the Mount Rainier Rams.

Senior wing Jenae Paine earned heroine honors for the Pioneers. She missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the overtime, but rebounded her own miss and followed with an 18-foot buzzer-beater to gain the Pioneers their winning edge.

Oregon City appeared to have the game in hand, leading 46-37 with 2:46 left in regulation. But Rainier 6-1 junior wing Brittany McPhee took control of the game, scoring the final nine points of regulation to knot the score at 46-46 and bring about the overtime.

Johanna Paine (13 points, 8 rebounds), Montana Walters (11 points, 9 assists), Jenae Paine (9 points) and Chelsi Brewer (8 points) headed a balanced attack for Oregon City.

McPhee was huge for the Rams, tallying a game-high 30 points and hauling down 12 rebounds.

The Pioneers earned the win despite 34 percent shooting, including an abysmal 2-for-27 shooting on 3-pointers.

The Pioneers (16-1, 4-0) took no hostages in Friday’s cakewalk over the Lakers (5-12, 0-4), building a 29-4 advantage in the first quarter and coasting home from there.

Jenae Paine (13 points) led a balanced offensive attack for the Pioneers, who put 14 different players on the floor and saw ten of them score points.

Cierra Walker, a 5-6 freshman wing, tallied a career high 11 points in the runaway win, hitting three 3-pointers.

Walters added nine points and six assists.

The Pioneers will have revenge on their minds this Friday, when they entertain cross-river rival West Linn. The Lions (9-9, 3-1), who enter the contest ranked 11th in the state, stunned the Pioneers in the quarterfinals of last year’s state tournament, rallying from a 33-24 early fourth quarter deficit to win 49-43. The Pioneers went on to defeat St. Mary’s in the fourth-place final, while West Linn lost to Central Catholic in the third-place final.

It was a long, long night for Oregon City’s boys team on Friday, as the unheralded Pioneers (9-7, 0-4) got blown out by top-ranked Lake Oswego 64-30.

It was the 18th straight win in an undefeated season for the Lakers, who are averaging 64 points, to 44 points by their opponents.

Led by 6-0 senior Cory Coombe (11 points), ten Lake Oswego players put points on the scoreboard in a balanced attack.

Oregon City was led by 6-2 sophomore Hunter Knighton (8 points).

The Lakers took charge of the game from the outset and they owned a 29-9 lead at halftime.

Oregon City got back on track on Saturday, upending Class 5A The Dalles 70-41 in a makeup game at Oregon City.

Junior post Brad Martin scored a career-high 15 points and senior guard Cody Hole added 10 points to lead eleven Oregon City players who found the basket. Martin hit four 3-pointers and he claimed six rebounds.

The Pioneers will likely have their hands full again this Friday, when they entertain cross-river rival West Linn in the 6 p.m. opener of a doubleheader with the Lions. The girls game is scheduled to follow at 7:30 p.m.

West Linn (13-5, 3-1) enters the game ranked fifth in the OSAA power rankings, while Oregon City boys are ranked 30th.




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