by: DENISE FARWELL, Under coach Sandy Dickerson (middle), Central Catholic has won a trophy at the state playoffs four of the last five years.

State tournaments

(at the Chiles Center)

Class 6A

Wednesday's first round: Lake Oswego (23-3) vs. Sheldon (21-6), 1:30 p.m.; Southridge (22-4) vs. Lincoln (14-10), 3:15 p.m.; Jesuit (20-6) vs. Tualatin (23-2), 6:30 p.m.; Central Catholic (24-2) vs. Oregon City (22-4), 8:15 p.m.

Thursday's consolation finals: 9 a.m., 10:45 p.m.

Friday's semifinals: 3:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Saturday: Consolation final for fourth place, 10:45 a.m.; third-place game, 3:15 p.m.; championship game, 6:30 p.m.

Playoff notes: Lincoln lost to Southridge 36-26 in preseason, then made the state tournament behind post Kelsey Goodell, point guard Makenzie Blythe and wing Iris Lerch. 'We struggled to score points, couldn't score anything in the paint (against Southridge),' coach Jeff Peeler says. 'Kelsey has grown so much as a player.' Lincoln's trademark is halfcourt defense, man to man. 'We're pretty good at it,' Peeler says. … Southridge appears primed for a third title run. 'This year we had people doubt us,' point guard Alex Earl says. 'Until someone knocks us off, we're still the state champs. We're as strong as ever.' The Skyhawks base much of their play around 6-3 post Michelle Jenkins. 'Our defense is picking up and our press is doing better,' Earl says. … Jesuit (20-6), led by Meaghan White and Lauren Wilkins, battled Southridge in the Metro League. … Tualatin's Sam Child, who averages about 20 points, is the top scorer entering the tourney. 'Three in a row,' Child says, of Tualatin's consecutive state appearances, 'that's just awesome.' Adds Lindsey Wilcox: '(Coach Todd) Jukkula told us from now on out it's all gravy. I don't really like gravy, but I'll like this gravy.' … Lake Oswego returns to the Chiles Center under first-year head coach Jason Fawcett.

Class 5A

Thursday's first round: West Albany (20-5) vs. Willamette (20-5), 1:30 p.m.; Hermiston (18-8) vs. Jefferson (24-1), 3:15 p.m.; Churchill (20-6) vs. Wilsonville (18-7), 6:30 p.m.; Glencoe (14-13) vs. Crescent Valley (22-2), 8:15 p.m.

Friday's semifinals: 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. (consolation semis at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.)

Saturday: Consolation final for fourth place, 9 a.m.; third-place game, 1:30 p.m.; championship game, 8:30 p.m.

Playoff notes: Jefferson steamrolled the PIL 5A, scoring 100 points seven times, 99 once and 98 twice. Jeff beat Hermiston 80-57 and 75-66 in the preseason and topped Wilsonville 88-54 and Jesuit 62-59. The only loss: 63-53 to Newberg. … Jefferson has many good athletes and some standout players in Janita Badon, who averages 19 points, and Nyesha Sims, who chips in 15. 'Janita can hit an open 3 and a pullup jumper, but she gets 85 percent of her points on layups,' coach Michael Bontemps says. Keys at the tourney: 'Keep up our intensity, stay out of foul trouble and maintain our focus.'

- Tribune staff

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