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The Pioneers cap off a perfect league season with an 81-40 rout of their cross-river rivals

The 2013 Three Rivers League champion Oregon City Pioneers closed out the TRL girls basketball season in great form, dispatching with cross-river rival West Linn 81-40 in a Feb. 19 game at West Linn.

It was the 13th win in a row for the Pioneers, who finished the regular season with a 10-0 record in the TRL and an overall record of 22-1, outscoring opponents by an average of 32 points a game, 72-40.

Oregon City’s lone setback in an otherwise perfect season came in a 59-48 loss to Central Catholic in a Dec. 28 game at the Nike Interstate Shootout.

The state’s coaches ranked the Pioneers third in the state in last week’s Class 6A coaches poll, back of No. 1 Central Catholic and No. 2 South Medford.

In the final OSAA power rankings — the rankings that count for postseason seeding — Oregon City, South Medford (20-4), Clackamas (19-5) and Central Catholic (21-3) were ranked first through fourth respectively.

South Medford has lost only one game to an Oregon opponent this season, a 71-63 loss to Springfield on Dec. 14. Springfield is the top-ranked team in Class 5A. The Panthers are averaging 73 points, to their opponents’ 48 points.

Clackamas has losses to Grandview, Colorado (52-36), Norcross, Georgia (82-45), and three times to Oregon City (61-35, 58-57 and 84-37). The Cavaliers are averaging 55 points a game, to 44 points by their opponents.

Central Catholic is riding an 18-game win string, after early-season losses to Westview (63-49), Long Beach Poly (50-40) and St. Mary’s of Stockton, California (73-64). The Rams are averaging 65 points a game, to their opponents’ 39.

The Pioneers begin postseason play tonight, when they entertain 35th-ranked Hillsboro (11-14, 2-12), which finished last in the eight-team Pacific Conference. The Spartans topped 29th-ranked Grant 57-51 in a play-in game last Saturday.

With a win in tonight’s game, the Pioneers will host a second-round state playoff game with 17th-ranked Lincoln (13-11) or 16th-ranked South Salem (17-8) on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the eight-team state tournament.

Oregon City wasted no time taking charge in last week’s league final with their cross-river rivals from West Linn. The Pioneers were up 23-10 at the end of the first quarter and they led 44-24 at the halftime break.

The Pioneers had too many horses for the Lions to keep track of, as they had five players score in double figures, while converting at a .590 clip from the field, making 26 of 44 shots from the floor.

Oregon City’s top point-getters were: Johanna Paine (13 points), Chelsi Brewer (12 points), Tiani Bradford (10 points), Montana Walters (10 points), Jenae Paine (10 points) and Catelyn Preston (9 points).

Thomas sparks

Cavs past Canby

The Clackamas Cavaliers got a scare last week, as they had to rally from an 11-point mid-third quarter deficit to drop Canby 46-40 in their TRL final.

Deeshyra Thomas proved the difference in the game. The 5-8 senior playmaker entered the game for the first time near the midpoint of the third period, and the Cavaliers took control.

Thomas, who had been out of action since injuring a knee in a Feb. 5 game with West Linn, played a total of seven minutes, scoring nine points, rejecting two shots, claiming two rebounds, stealing the sphere, and deflecting a pass that resulted in a steal.

“Deeshyra only knows one speed,” said Clackamas coach Todd Lane. “The energy and intensity and the pace at which she forces the game to be played played to our advantage. She picked up the game immensely....”

The Cavaliers went on top with 5-1/2 minutes to play and never relinquished the lead.

“My plan was to maybe give Deeshyra a couple of runs, or possibly not play her at all,” Lane said. “When she came in, the tide of the game completely changed.”

Lane said that Thomas had practiced for the first time in nearly two weeks two days prior to the Canby game. He said that playing in the Canby game did no further damage to her knee.

“She’s fine,” he said. “She feels good.”

Erica Pagano (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) headed the Cavaliers’ scoring against the Cougars.

Azorr scored nine points and claimed 14 rebounds, eight of them at the offensive end of the floor. Sophomore post Jordan Rasberry came off the bench to haul down six rebounds, and she stole the ball three times.

The Cavaliers host 32nd-ranked Reynolds (11-13) tonight at 7:15, in a first-round game of the Class 6A state playoffs. With a win, they’ll host 19th-ranked South Eugene (13-11) or 14th-ranked North Medford (14-8) in another home game on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the eight-team state tournament. Reynolds topped 33rd-ranked Aloha 63-57 in a play-in game last Saturday.

“The girls have worked hard and I think they’re ready for the next phase of the season,” Lane said.