The Pioneers make mincemeat of West Linn and North Salem

OREGON CITY - Ranked third in the state, Oregon City's girls basketball team made it nine in a row, upending West Linn 69-32 and North Salem 74-17 in games last week.

The Pioneers put West Linn away early, forcing more than 30 turnovers with their press, and building a 19-9 advantage in the first quarter and a 37-19 advantage by halftime.

Ashleigh Reed led a balanced attack. The 6-1 junior scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the field. She also snagged eight rebounds and stole the ball four times.

Reed was the only player on either team to reach double figures in scoring. Ten different Oregon City players put points on the scoreboard.

Junior wing Melair Holterhoff played a strong game, chipping in with eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Taylor Belmont came through with four steals.

Friday's nonleague game with North Salem was a mismatch from the outset. The Pioneers scored enough points to win the game in the first quarter, when they out-scored the outmatched Vikings 24-2.

Reed (20 points) and Brittany Knighton (18 points) led 10 Oregon City players who found the basket.

The Pioneers (12-2, 4-0) were to meet top-ranked Southridge (11-4) on Monday (Jan. 21) in the Rose Garden at the Martin Luther King Junior Classic.

They entertain Lake Oswego (7-8, 3-1) this Friday, and they conclude the first half of Three Rivers League play next Tuesday, when they play at Putnam (6-10, 1-4).

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