Ashley Evans scores a career-high 19 points for the No. 11 Cougars, who are scheduled to face No. 6 Portland-Westview in the second round March 7.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Senior guard Ashley Evans scored a career-high 19 points as the Canby girls basketball team defeated Southridge at home March 4 to capture its first playoff win since 2007.With a few seconds left in the game, coach Brooke Cates walked in front of the Canby girls basketball team’s bench and tapped each player on the leg as she thought, “We did it.”

The No. 11 Cougars quashed a late comeback to defeat Beaverton-Southridge 52-42 at home March 4 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs, earning the third playoff win in program history and the first in seven seasons.

The victory vaulted Canby (18-8) into the second round March 7 to face No. 6 Portland-Westview, which dispatched Portland-Lincoln 52-35 in the opening round.

Senior guard Ashley Evans scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Cougars.

They have made the playoffs in eight-straight seasons but hadn’t advanced past the first round since beating Beaverton on Feb. 27, 2007, under then-coach Heather Roberts. Several players on the current roster were in elementary school at the time.

Last year, Cates’ first with the program, Canby fell to Roseburg by six points on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Leading No. 22 Southridge by two points at the break, Canby engineered an 11-0 in the third quarter to break open what had been a close game in the first half.

The Cougars’ lead ballooned to 38-24 early in the fourth quarter on an easy basket in transition by senior forward Rachel Erbe, who finished with 14 points.

The Skyhawks (11-14) made a late rally, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to pull within 47-41 with less than two minutes remaining.

Evans preserved Canby’s cushion with poise at the foul line down the stretch. She sank seven free throws in the final quarter.

Whether the Cougars can build on their landmark victory remains to be seen. All eight of their losses this year have come against top-10 teams, including one against Westview in a nonconference meeting Jan. 7.

In that game, Canby led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter despite dressing just five varsity players due to health issues. But Tennessee-bound senior Jaime Nared racked up 30 points, 17 rebounds and nine steals as the Wildcats pulled off a 61-52 victory.

“She can do it all,” Cates said of Nared. “We don’t have one person who can guard her, and she’s going to get her points. I thought we did a good job on her last time, and she still had almost 35 points and 20 rebounds. She’s truly an amazing basketball player, gifted beyond gifted. There’s not a close second to her in the state.”



Canby 52, Southridge 42

March 4 at Canby High School

1 2 3 4 F

Southridge 10 9 4 19 — 42

Canby 9 12 15 16 — 52

Canby (52): Ashley Evans 19, Rachel Erbe 14, Skylee Doman 8, Taylor Jorgensen 5, Neila Kuznetsov 2, Morgan Meisenheimer 2, Taylor Lee 2.

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