The Pioneers go 5-1 in the EOT All-Star Tournament

by: SUBMITTED - Oregon City High Schools top summer girls basketball team has been surprisingly successful this summer. Despite having 10 underclassmen - including seven incoming sophomores - on their roster, the team won three trophies at the prestigious End Of The Trail tournaments. Pictured are: (seated, left to right) Toria Bradford, Alyssa Durr and Jessica Gertz; and (standing) Katie Kammerer, Madisen Chastain, Kristin Duyck, Taylor Knighton, Olivia Creelman, Lucy Kleiner, Jordan Kelly, Stephanie Tolke, Taylor Shaw, Cierra Walker and Hailey Stockwell.The athletes on the Oregon City Black girls basketball team, Oregon City High School’s top summer team, more than held their own at the prestigious End Of The Trail All-Star Basketball Tournament.

Competing in the 32-team Gold Bracket, the Pioneers won five of six games and bagged the sixth-place team trophy in their division. The tournament featured 224 teams, most of them club all-star teams. Oregon City played with girls who will play for Oregon City next high school season.

Oregon City opened with wins over California’s Cal Swoosh Black (79-47) and Swoosh Elite (56-53), before losing to Gold Bracket semifinalist Northwest Magic of Seattle (67-59).

The Pioneers followed up the loss with convincing wins over Beaverton Club Sport (77-63) and California teams Blythe Basketball (86-66) and SF Rebels (89-62), to earn the sixth-place team trophy.

Two Oregon City players were named to the All-Star Tournament all-tournament team, sophomore-to-be Cierra Walker (5-6 guard) and senior-to-be Jessica Gertz (5-10 guard).

“Cierra has emerged as a dual threat, scorer and penetrator,” said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. “Just a sophomore, she has a bright future ahead of her....

“Jessica continues her stellar tournament play this summer, with great scoring and pressure in our full-court system.”

Walker averaged 13 points and three assists for the tournament; Gertz averaged 19 points, three steals and two assists.

Three other players came through big-time for Oregon City in the all-star tournament — seniors-to-be Toria Bradford (5-6 guard) and Alyssa Durr (5-8 guard), and sophomore-to-be Taylor Shaw (5-10 post).

Shaw averaged 11 points, nine rebounds and two assists: Durr averaged nine points, four rebounds and two assists; Bradford averaged eight points, five assists and four steals.

Among others vying for Oregon City Black in the All-Star Tournament were: senior-to-be Stephanie Tolke (5-10 post); junior-to-be Lucy Kleiner (5-9 wing); and sophomores-to-be Katie Kammerer (5-10 post), Kristin Duyck (5-10 post), Madisen Chastain (5-8 wing), Olivia Creelman (5-4 wing), Taylor Knighton (5-9 post), Jordan Kelly (5-7 wing) and Hailey Stockwell (5-8 post/wing).

It was Oregon City Black’s third straight strong showing in End Of Trail tournaments. The Pioneers placed second in the June 21-23 EOT River City Classic and fourth in the June 28-30 EOT Shootout. The EOT All-Star Tournament was held in Oregon City July 6-9.

Oregon City Black concludes its summer schedule playing in July tournaments in Nashville, Tenn., and in San Diego, Calif.

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