Clackamas coeds 6-0

The upstart Clackamas Cavaliers continued to gain notice in Class 6A high school girls basketball last week, when they knocked off ninth-ranked Tigard 52-49.

It was the Cavaliers' third victory over a top-10-ranked team this season, as they pushed their record to 6-0. Earlier they posted wins over eighth-ranked Lincoln (59-50) and over seventh-ranked Beaverton (62-46).

'Beaverton, Lincoln and Tigard all have a chance of reaching the Rose Garden, and I think we're in the mix with those teams,' said Clackamas coach Todd Lane.

Last week's win over the Tigers came despite an abysmal night of shooting. The Cavaliers were 20-of-47 from the field and they missed on all 10 of their attempts from 3-point land.

'It was the most we've played in our half-court offense all season,' said Lane. 'We did a good job of moving the ball around and taking care of the basketball. We were getting really good looks, but the shots weren't dropping.'

Lane said his charges committed only seven turnovers.

Clackamas led most of the way, but the Tigers stayed within striking distance to the end.

Tigard went up briefly, 49-48, on a lay-up by point guard Lexi Carter with 1:08 to play.

Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks answered for Clackamas just seconds later, taking the ball to the basket for a 50-49 Cavalier advantage.

Following a Tiger turnover, the Cavaliers missed a free throw, and Tigard got the ball back.

Deeshyra Thomas and Vasconcellos-Mattocks teamed up to force another Tiger turnover.

Thomas was fouled and made two free throws to gain the Cavaliers their 52-49 winning edge.

Vasconcellos had a big night, burning the nets for a game-high 26 points and stealing the ball five times.

Thomas (10 points) was the only other Cavalier in double figures in scoring.

Natasha Rowland chipped in with eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Carter (16 points) and Maddie Black (12 points) paced the Tigers in scoring.

'Natasha Rowland did a tremendous job defending Maddie Black, especially in the second half, when she held her to four points,' said Lane. 'Black's a real good post player. She's headed to Portland State [University].'

The Cavaliers will likely face several stiff challenges this week, when they vie in the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lakeridge High School. Their opener was scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 27) with top-ranked South Medford.

'I don't know much about them except that they've got a 6-5 post and she's surrounded by a bunch of real good shooters,' said Lane. 'I'm still working on a game-plan.'

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