Play of the Day: The best from Jan. 5 high school basketball
There's a moment in every high school basketball game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For Jan. 5 of the 2017-18 Oregon high school basketball season, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Basketball tab.
BARLOW 69, DAVID DOUGLAS 57: The Barlow and David Douglas boys stayed within a bucket of each other most of the way on Friday, trading the lead six times before Barlow's Evan Inglesby grabbed a Scots' miss and dribbled coast-to-coast down the center of the court for a layup that put the Bruins up 45-41 at the end of the third quarter. Barlow would run away from there, putting up 24 points in the fourth to win 69-57.
LAKE OSWEGO 54, LAKERIDGE 40: Facing crosstown rival Lakeridge in the twice-yearly Battle of the Lake on Friday, the Lake Oswego girls basketball team left nothing to chance. The Lakers led after the first quarter, led again at the half, then their lead to 20 points when freshman post Kilyn Dawkins took a pass from senior teammate Taylor Anders, scored on the fast break and turned it into a three-point play that extended her team's lead to 35-15 with 3:08 left in the third quarter of their 54-40 win.
CASCADE 59, SCAPPOOSE 51: Scappoose senior guard Joey Wagenknecht poured in 14 first-half points against Cascade on Friday, but when Cougars senior forward Jordan Sampson swatted Indians senior guard Chris Bendle's layup in the early third quarter, Cascade caught fire, built a 50-38 lead going into the fourth quarter and rolled to victory from there.
CROOK COUNTY 51, SWEET HOME 18: The Sweet Home girls had just scored their first points of the game to close to within seven points when Crook County freshman guard Kennedy Buckner leaped high in the air for an offensive rebound. Buckner passed the ball to fellow freshman Dallas Hutchins, who missed the shot, but Buckner grabbed the second rebound and scored, putting the Cowgirls up by nine. Buckner went on to lead both teams in scoring with 12 points, while the Cowgirls pulled away for the easy win on Friday.
DAVID DOUGLAS 58, BARLOW 24: The David Douglas girls slapped on the full-court press on Barlow from the opening tip on Friday, causing repeated turnovers and raced to a 19-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Savannah Proske led David Douglas with 20 points, putting the ball through the hoop eight times in the first half.
CROOK COUNTY 58, SWEET HOME 48: Sweet Home guard Keegan Holly scored seven points in a matter of seconds to help the Huskies boys close within six points late in the fourth quarter of Friday's non-league game, but the Cowboys weren't going to let this one get away. When Holly missed his next three-point attempt, Crook County's Chase Bales grabbed the rebound and threw a perfect pass the length of the court to a streaking Thaiden Mullan who caught the ball in stride and hit a layup, putting Crook County back up by 10 and ending the Sweet Home rally.
JESUIT 46, SOUTHRIDGE 43: Facing third-ranked Southridge on Friday night, Jesuit's Matt Lang — a renowned outside shooter who's played three years on the varsity level — couldn't get his jumpers to drop, so he made a concerted effort to drive the ball to the basket. And with Southridge giving him open left-handed driving lanes, the southpaw knifed into the teeth of the Skyhawk defense, absorbed a hit inside the lane and propelled a prayer that hit the back rim and dropped in. The senior, who scored all of his game-high 17 points in the paint or at the free throw line, polished off the three-point play to give Jesuit a 44-41 edge.
LA SALLE 67 SANDY 65: With 10.5 seconds left and La Salle tailing by a point on Friday, Falcons guard Rudy Massad split a Sandy double-team in the backcourt and found a wide open Jace Norton on the baseline. Norton buried a three-pointer from the corner with 2.4 seconds remaining to give La Salle the victory.
TIGARD 61, SHERWOOD 46: Tigard freshman Drew Carter sank the second of his back-to-back three-point baskets, drilling his shot from the right corner, to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the game at 27-11 with 1 minute and 59 seconds left to play in the second quarter of the Tigers' win at Sherwood High School. From there, Tigard was able to fight off every Sherwood rally attempt the rest of the way to get the Three Rivers League victory.
KENNEDY 68, CENTRAL LINN 37: In a first half in which No. 3 Kennedy could do no wrong, the Trojans punctuated a stellar second quarter with an offensive rebound that was kicked back to the three-point line for a triple by senior Mason Boen, who drilled it as time expired to give his team a 41-13 lead heading into the locker room. Kennedy went on to win by 31 points on Friday, improving to 3-0 in the Tri-River Conference.
LAKE OSWEGO 70, LAKERIDGE 53: With their game at Lakeridge tied at 21-21 near the end of the first half, the Lake Oswego boys basketball team took off. The Lakers closed the half on an 11-2, that stretch punctuated when junior Josh Angle missed a last-second three-pointer but freshman Wayne McKinney III was there to catch the ball in the air for a putback and a 32-23 Laker lead at halftime of their 70-53 victory.