Damascus girls claim top-10 clash
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Valley 10 championship
|#6 Damascus Christian|
|#4 Country Christian|
PORTLAND — Damascus Christian kept defending state champion Country Christian at arm's length down the stretch Thursday night to score a 53-49 win in the Valley 10 championship game, which also served as a rubber match between the two top-10 programs.
"No one gave us a chance when the season started — seven players, one a foreign-exchange student," Damascus coach Dave Wakefield said. "This was a gut check tonight, and the girls won it with a team effort."
Country Christian made it a one-possession game after Mollie Lewandowski hit a 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 0:36 on the clock. That forced the Eagles' Nicole Manning into some pressure free throws after she was wrapped up in the backcourt.
The Damascus senior delivered a pair of swishes to push the lead back to five points. Country would miss its next two attempts from long range. Game over.
No. 6-ranked Damascus (22-2) earned a first-round bye and will await an opponent for next Saturday's home playoff game, needing only one win to advance to Baker City for the small-school state tournament.
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