Woodburn girls basketball falls to Stayton and Newport, St. Paul boys and girls both win out the week

The No. 9 Kennedy boys basketball team bounced back from last week's 70-68 overtime loss to the Chemawa Braves by taking their collective frustration out on No. 6 Sheridan, defeating the Spartans 63-44 on Jan. 14.

The victory was a much-needed panacea after the Trojans (12-6, 6-3 Tri-River) let a double-digit lead slip against the visiting Braves (7-7, 5-3), who stunned the Trojans in overtime in Jan. 11.

PHIL HAWKINS - Luke Hall and the No. 9 Kennedy Trojans rebounded from an upset loss to Chemawa the week prior by beating the No. 6 Sheridan Spartans by nearly 20 points on Jan. 14.But the Kennedy victory parade was short lived after the Trojans fell 69-51 to the No. 1 Western Christian (17-1, 9-0) on Friday. Despite the losing effort, the Trojans performed demonstrably better than nearly every other team to face the Pioneers this season.

Western Christian's 69 points was just the third time this season the team has been held under the 70-point barrier.

The loss marked the opening of the second half of league play for the Trojans, who are looking to leap past the Spartans (14-3, 7-2) for second place in the final standings. The two teams will meet up in Mount Angel in the regular season finale on Feb. 5, but before then, the Trojans must first set their sights on the No. 8 Santiam Wolverines (13-4, 5-3), who they were scheduled to play on Tuesday.

Kennedy wraps up its week with back-to-back games, traveling to Colton (4-13, 3-6) on Thursday before returning home on Friday to host the Gervais Cougars (0-17, 0-9).

Woodburn girls

The Woodburn girls lost in back-to-back games last week, extending the team's streak of losses to four games since the Bulldogs opened the Oregon West Conference with a win over Sweet Home (1-14, 0-4) on Jan. 4.

Woodburn dropped a 45-22 contest to Stayton (12-4, 4-1) on the road on Jan. 16 and followed with a 72-36 home loss against Newport (10-5, 3-1) on Friday.

The Bulldogs (3-12, 1-3) were scheduled to travel to Cascade (6-8, 1-3) on Tuesday, beginning a string of four consecutive road games. Woodburn will finish the week at Philomath (14-2, 4-0) on Friday.

St. Paul boys

The St. Paul boys basketball team continued to nip at the heels of Perrydale for the lead in the Casco League race, winning a pair of league games to stay within a half game of the Pirates.

The Buckaroos (12-5, 8-1) defeated Falls City (8-11, 6-5) 56-36 on Jan. 14 and followed with a 76-46 win at Willamette Valley Christian (3-12, 3-7) on Friday.

St. Paul was scheduled to host Perrydale (13-5, 9-1) on Monday in a rematch after the Pirates took the first game 62-59 on Jan. 4 to kick off the 2019 schedule.

St. Paul girls

The No. 1 St. Paul Buckaroos continued to ravage their way through the Casco League last week, defeating Falls City (6-10, 4-7) 63-22 on Jan. 14, followed by a 56-23 win at Willamette Valley Christian (8-6, 7-3) on Friday.

The Bucks (16-0, 8-0) were scheduled to host the Perrydale Pirates (14-3, 9-1) on Monday in a game that will likely determine the league championship.

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