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A costly win at West Linn

Clackamas senior leader Deeshyra Thomas goes down with an injury


Clackamas High coeds survived a scare from West Linn on Feb. 5, winning 54-53.

But the victory was a costly one. Clackamas senior leader Deeshyra Thomas suffered a knee injury early in the third quarter when her knee hit the floor hard while she was battling for a rebound.

The West Linn game was close all the way, but the Cavaliers went ahead for good near the midpoint of the third period. And Clackamas’ lead was six points with a minute remaining. Sydney Azorr hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to put Clackamas up 54-50 and ice the win.

Sidney Kolasinski followed with a 3-point basket for West Linn. But it proved too little too late, as the Lions were out of timeouts and the Cavaliers let time expire.

Azorr finished with a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, and she was tough at the free throw line, especially at crunch time, when she hit 5-of-6 free throws.

Clackamas coach Todd Lane had plenty of praise for 5-10 sophomore wing Carolin Combs, who stepped in for Thomas when she went down with her knee injury.

“Caroline is normally our first player off the bench,” Lane said. “She practices really hard, and she was ready. She was big for us, but what she did didn’t surprise me at all....”

Combs tallied 10 points, scoring all 10 in the second half. She hit two 3-pointers and two free throws in the third period, when the Cavaliers rallied to take the lead for good.

Ashley Johnson had a big game for West Linn, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring a team-high 16 points. Kolasinski scored 14 points in the losing effort.

Playing without Thomas, Clackamas had no trouble dispatching with Lake Oswego in a home game with the Lakers on Friday.

The Cavaliers breezed to a 71-28 victory over the struggling Lakers, building a 17-4 lead in the first quarter and a 36-11 advantage by the intermission.

Azorr, in just 15 minutes on the floor, scored a game-high 16 points and hauled down 10 rebounds.

Freshman post Peyton Carroll hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor and scored a career-high 12 points. The 6-2 rookie also claimed five rebounds, made two assists and had two steals.

Freshman Marissa Kelly came through with a team-high four steals.

The Cavaliers pounded the backboards hard and outrebounded their guests 41-23.

Lane said Thomas’ status for upcoming games was uncertain.

“The initial diagnosis is a knee strain,” he said. “We’re waiting for the results of an MRI.”

The pair of wins put the Cavaliers at 6-1 in the Three Rivers League (17-4 overall) heading into a Feb. 12 game at top-ranked Oregon City (19-1, 7-0).

Clackamas concludes the regular season playing at Lakeridge (8-13, 1-6) this Friday, and hosting Canby (9-9, 3-4) next Tuesday.

Oregon City and Clackamas were ranked first and third in the OSAA power rankings heading into play this week.

Clackamas continued to struggle in boys basketball games last week, losing to top-ranked Lake Oswego 78-47 on Friday, after losing at West Linn earlier in the week, 82-66.

The Cavaliers stuck with the Lions for a half, trailing by just a point, at 30-29, at halftime.

Ryan Shearmire and Hayden Coppedge scored 26 and 23 points respectively to lead the charge for the Lions. Freshman point guard Payton Pritchard sparked the offense with 10 assists.

The Lions were 28-of-51 (.549) from the field on the night, with eight 3-pointers.

Taylor Stinson (17 points), Andrew Gutwig (12 points) and Brett Udland (12 points) led a balanced attack for Clackamas.

It was the Lions’ second win over the Cavaliers this season. Clackamas played West Linn tough in a 69-63 loss on Jan. 11.

Stinson (11 points) was the only Cavalier to reach double figures in Friday’s game with the Lakers.

Clackamas guys (9-11, 2-5) play Lakeridge (13-7, 4-3) on the road this Friday, and the Cavaliers host Canby (6-14, 1-6) next Tuesday in their final game of the regular season.



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