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Second half spurts send Damascus to semis

Damascus gets showdown with 1A rival Condon-Wheeler


THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christians Izzy Crowley hit a pair of buckets to put the Eagles up to stay late in the first quarter.



1A GIRLS BASKETBALL
State Quarterfinals

Team Score
Damascus Christian
49
Adrian
35


A pair of scoring spurts proved to be enough to get Damascus Christian past Adrian 49-35 in the 1A girls basketball quarterfinals Thursday in Baker City.

The top-seeded Eagles found themselves in a battle when Adrian's Andrea Catalan scored on a layup to bring the Antelopes within a point at the start of the second half.

But Damascus responded with a seven-point run, sparked by Savannah Sullivan's only bucket of the game, to stretch the gap to 31-23. The Eagles would maintain at least a two-possession lead the rest of the way.

Adrian made one final push when Lauren Barraza sank a jumper seconds into the fourth quarter that closed the margin to five points.

Once again, Damascus scored seven straight points, putting the game out of reach when Ana Wakefield hit a 3-pointer and a foul shot for a 43-31 lead with 4:25 left. Wakefield went 4 for 8 (.500) from beyond the arc and finished with 14 points.

The teams traded the lead three times in the first quarter with rookie Izzy Crowley sinking a jumper and a free throw to push the Eagles in front 11-8 at the end of the period. A long ball by Forrar stretched the margin to seven points midway through the second quarter.

Forrar led the Eagles with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Crowley scored 10. Catalan led Adrian with nine points.

The Eagles (28-0) advance to face Condon-Wheeler (27-1) in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. today. The Knights put up 27 points in the first quarter and were never challenged in a 54-38 win over Chiloquin on Thursday.

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