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Santiam girls fall at Bandon in Class 2A basketball playoffs 

The Santiam High girls basketball team ran into a buzzsaw down on the South Coast on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Host Bandon jumped out to a 26-1 lead in the first quarter and never was seriously threatened. The No. 2 Tigers moved on to the Class 2A state tournament in Pendleton. The No. 15 Wolverines closed the season at 14-14.

“Bandon is a great team,” coach Hannah Thompson told The Canyon Weekly.  “All of their girls probably had 20 to 30 pounds on each one of us and they play fantastic together. They did a great job pressuring us early on and we just had a hard time with it. Their defense is very good and they rebound really well.  That team has been ready to get back to Pendleton since last year ended and with a team full of seniors they have been on a mission all year.  I think they have a very high possibility of bringing home a state title this year.”

Katelynn Senn had 24 points and Olivia Thompson 21 with five 3-pointers for Bandon, which entered last year’s tournament as the No. 6 seed and was eliminated after losing its first two games.

Maizy Downey led Santiam with 9 points, while Averie Peterson added 6 points and 4 rebounds. Downey was a first-team all-Tri-River Conference selection by league coaches, while Peterson received honorable mention and was a member of the all-defensive team.  Santiam’s Reese Longfellow made the third team.

This season marked the first trip by the Wolverines to the state playoffs since the 2018-19 season. Santiam has not been to Pendleton since 2012-13, Thompson’s junior year with the Wolverines when she made the all-tournament team and Santiam took 5th.

“I think this season was a great experience for a lot of these girls,” Thompson said. “They improved a ton, both as a team and individually.  And I don’t think a lot of them expected to make it as far as we did.  We talked a lot throughout the year about believing in themselves and each other so my hope is that this experience has shown them what that can do for them and their team.  I’m very proud of them and the steps forward that we made.”

Santiam had 5 juniors, 3 freshmen and 2 sophomores on the roster this season and Thompson said “I have a lot of expectations for these girls in the coming years.  I really liked what our underclassmen brought to the table this year, and I have high hopes they will continue to grow and be able to contribute more and more. Summer league will be huge for us and just getting these girls playing more basketball.  That and getting in the gym and working on adjusting little things within their shot and working on ball handling.”

WRESTLINGConnor McCarty of Scio took 5th place at the Class 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 22-24 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. McCarty advanced to the semifinals at 132 pounds before falling into the wrestle back rounds. Also participating for the Loggers were Russell Dickerman (138) and Brandon Vath (165). Scio scored 12.0 team points to finish 27th.

Emily Zamudio took third place in the 110-pound Class 4A-3A-2A-1A to lead the Scio girls, who scored 11.0 points, good for 28th.

SPRING: Baseball, softball, track and field, golf and tennis got going Monday, Feb. 26, with the first sanctioned OSAA practices. Games can start March 11.

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