Clackamas girls lead wire-to-wire in 62-37 playoff win over Lincoln
Elly Bankofier knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points to lead four Clackamas players in double figures, pacing the Cavaliers to a 62-37 home win over Lincoln in Tuesday's opening round of the OSAA Class 6A girls' basketball playoffs.
Bri Phiakahmngon scored 11 points, and Kalani Hayes and Ciara James added 10 points each to help send the Cavaliers (22-3) into Friday's second round to face Jesuit (19-6), a 38-21 winner over South Salem on Tuesday.
Lincoln's Charlotte Anderson scored a game-high 13 points and Alexis Heald had nine as the Cardinals finished their season with an 11-14 record.
Clackamas never trailed in the game, jumping out to leads of 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and 27-9 at halftime.
"We were really prepared," said Phiakahmngon, who scored nine of her 11 points in the first half. "We focused on defense mostly and I feel that's what helped us build our intensity was our defense. And then the defense turned into offense and everything just flowed."
The Cavaliers' defensive game plan was to try and keeping Lincoln senior guards Reed Hazard and Kate Nichols from getting into any kind of offensive groove. And for the most part they did that, holding Hazard to seven ponts and Nichols to four.
"We knew that Reed and Kate were quite the tandem out there and our plan was to try and make somebody other than those two beat us," Clackamas coach Korey Landolt said. "I think we did a pretty good of doing that."
The Cavaliers put the game out of reach in the third quarter with their long-range shooting as Bankofier connected three times from beyond the arc and Megan Huynh and Olivia Morris added one trey each, helping extend the lead to 46-24.
In the fourth quarter, Huynh knocked down another trey -- her second of the game and the eighth 3-pointer of the game for the Cavs -- to make it 50-25 with 6:26 to play.
"We haven't been shooting particularly well from the outside in the last handful of game," Landolt said. "To hit eight 3-pointers, it just kind of feels like life is back for our shooters. And they needed a night like that to starting building their confidence back up."
It was more than Lincoln was prepared to handle on a night when the Cardinals were without head coach Ashley Stewart.
"Clackamas came out and they didn't miss," said Lincoln assistant Becci Harper, who ran the team in Stewart's absence. "I like how our kids didn't give up. They were ready to play fromm the minute that they got on the court. It's tough when the other team doesn't miss.
"I think that was the difference in the game. Clackamaas was hitting their shots and we weren't."
LINCOLN 4 5 15 13 -- 37
CLACKAMAS 11 16 19 16 -- 62
Lincoln (37) -- Charlotte Anderson 13, Heald 9, Hazard 7, Nichols 4, Bielen 2, Winthrop, Homsi, Jeffreys, Batten.
Clackamas (62) -- Elly Bankofier 12, Phiakahmngon 11, Hayes 10, James 10, Huynh 6, Duarte 5, Morris 5, Mongelli 3, Wetzel, Filler.