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Rams easily win 6A girls title

Central Catholic High claimed its first girls basketball state championship on Saturday, defeating South Medford 57-36 in the Class 6A final at the Rose Garden.by: MILES VANCE - IN THE OPEN - Central Catholic's Jordan Reynolds lofts a shot over Westview's Jaime Nared in her team's quarterfinal win in the Class 6A state tournament at the Rose Garden on March 7.

Kailee Johnson, unanimous all-tournament, led the Rams with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Central Catholic trailed by seven points twice early in the first quarter, but took the lead for good two minutes into the second quarter. The Rams gradually extended their lead the rest of the way, leading 31-22 at the half and 46-29 after three quarters.

Central Catholic, which also got 15 points and 13 rebounds from unanimous all-tourney Jordan Reynolds, finished with a 25-4 record that included only one loss to an Oregon team (an early-season defeat by Westview while Central Catholic was shorthanded).

Coach Sandy Dickerson's Rams shot 47.8 percent from the field, while South Medford (25-5) finished at 35.7 percent. In the second half, the Rams fired at a 57.9 percent clip, and the Panthers managed to make only 29.4 percent.