OC is 6th in the EOT All-Star Tourney
The Pioneers hold their own with the Northwest's top club teams
Oregon City Black continued impressive in summer girls basketball, placing sixth in the Diamond Bracket of the National Division of the End Of The Trail High School All-Star Basketball Tournament, held in Oregon City July 5-8.
The high placing came on the heels of a first place finish in the End Of The Trail River City Classic, a same-school high school tournament that featured the returning players from most of the top high school teams in the Northwest.
The EOT High School All-Star Tournament included most of the top high school-level club teams on the West Coast. Oregon City and South Medford were the only same-school teams entered in the 128-team National Division of that tournament. South Medford defeated Corona Force in its opener, but then lost to Way To Win Gold and Utah Flash, and did not place.
The Pioneers sixth-place finish was all the more impressive, because they accomplished it without the talents of 5-9 junior point guard Cierra Walker, who elected to play with the Oregon Elite club team, instead of her high school team. Walker had averaged 21.4 points for the Pioneers six games to lead Oregon City to the championship in the River City Classic. She had one game in that tournament where she hit seven 3-pointers.
Oregon City Black head coach Kurt Guelsdorf said of his charges success without one of their top players: All of our players raised their level of play. Taylor Knighton has become an invaluable asset as a defender and hustle player; Jordan Kelly has broken out of a shooting slump and is scoring at a good clip; NDea Flye has been all-tournament the past two tournaments; Taylor Shaw has upped her scoring average by five a game; Katie Kammerer has become a 3-point threat.
The Pioneers went 4-1 in the all-star tournament, defeating Nor Cal Elite 66-53, and then following up a 47-39 loss to Golden City Black of Northern California with wins over 3D Elite of Vancouver (68-46), Montana Sky (65-46) and Wiggins Waves of San Diego County (57-38).
The team went 4-1, playing against some of the toughest club teams in the country, Guelsdorf said. The girls have worked very hard long hours, preparing themselves to be successful. Our goal is to continue to improve in each game, each practice and each tournament in the summer, preparing for the next [high school] season.
With the win over the Wiggins Waves in their all-star tournament final, the Pioneers improved their record to 31-2 on the 2014 summer season.
Sophomore point guard NDea Flye and junior post Taylor Shaw were standouts for the Pioneers in the all-star tournament. Both were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Flye averaged 15.1 points and three assists; Shaw averaged 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds.
NDea got to the basket, said Guelsdorf. She also shot the ball really well from a distance. At times she was unstoppable, on defense as well as on offense.
Taylor was the best 5-10 post in the tournament, Guelsdorf said. She can jump out of the gym. She has a great jump hook and an array of post moves.
Other major contributors for the Pioneers were: 5-11 junior post/wing Katie Kammerer (9.1 ppg), 5-7 junior wing Jordan Kelly (7.2 ppg), 5-9 junior point guard/wing Kayla Hyppolite (6.5 ppg) and 5-9 junior post Taylor Knighton (6.1 rebounds per game).
Hyppolite is a transfer from Glencoe, where she was a starting point guard for the Crimson Tide last season as a sophomore.
Next up for Oregon City is the San Diego Classic, scheduled for July 17-20 in San Diego, Calif. The Pioneers take their top team, Oregon City Black, to a NCAA viewing tournament in Nashville July 22-25.