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Blue Jays rally in the fourth to advance

Danica Roady puts up 30 points in the playoff win

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Portland Lutheran coach John Roady addresses his team during a second-half timeout.

First round state playoffs

Team Score
Portland Lutheran
Falls City

The Portland Lutheran girls basketball team saw its season flash before its eyes Wednesday night after falling behind 25-20 midway through the third quarter in an opening-round playoff game against Falls City.

Blue Jays senior Danica Roady wasn't ready to play her final high school game on this night, taking charge by repeatedly attacking the basket and converting difficult layups. The highlight came early in the fourth quarter when she stole a pass and started down the sideline. She crossed midcourt with four black shirts spread out in front of her. Roady didn't let that stop her. She found a seam through the crowd and lifted the ball over the front of the rim for a 33-27 lead.

She did most of the rest of her damage at the free-throw line, hitting 11 of 12 (.917) free throws in the final three minutes to close out the 50-39 win.

Portland Lutheran (16-10) advances to play at No. 3 Country Christian (22-4) in a second-round game at 6 p.m. Saturday. The winner qualifies for the 1A state tournament next week in Baker City.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Friday, Feb. 27, print edition.

View a photo gallery from Wednesday's game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.


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