BAKER CITY, Ore. — Both the Hosanna Christian Lions basketball teams faced the same challenge at the OSAA 1A Basketball State Championships: defeat the No. 1-ranked team in the semifinals.
The Hosanna Christian boys faced undefeated Horizon Christian of Hood River. After gaining its only lead of the game in the second quarter, Hosanna was outscored 18-8 in the third and Horizon Christian advanced with a 58-37 win.
Hosanna Christian’s Oliver Herting made a three-pointer with 2:10 remaining in the first half to put the Lions up 19-17, but Horizon Christian (30-0) scored the final five points of the period to lead 22-19 at halftime.
To open the second half, Horizon Christian’s Matt Totaro and Jake Wells combined the first 10 points while holding Hosanna Christian (23-4) to just three and the top-ranked Hawks ran away from there.
After winning last year’s state title, Horizon Christian will play City Christian, which beat Elkton 53-52, in the state championship for a chance to repeat.
Hosanna Christian advances to the third place game against Elkton match-up (3:15 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend – Radio only). The Lions beat Elkton 78-54 in Hosanna Christian’s second game of the season.
Hosanna Christian Lady Lions Move On To Third Place Game
Coming into the OSAA 1A Girls Basketball State Championship, top-ranked Damascus Christian was regarded as one of the top three-point shooting team in state.
In the third quarter of Friday’s semifinal, Damascus Christian proved it, hitting five three-pointers in the third quarter, and making a sixth consecutive to start the fourth, pulling away from Hosanna Christian for a 45-27 victory.
Entering the second half, Hosanna trailed 23-12 before Emma Thompson and Pam Moro combined for five quick points in the first two minutes to reduce the deficit down to single digits.
Damascus Christian’s eight-point advantage stayed static until Hannah Forrar started the three-point streak just past the halfway point of the period. Her three was followed by Ana Wakefield’s just under 30 seconds later. In the final three minutes of the period, Karissa Cox hit two and Cierra Warren and Damaris Luna had one apiece to end the third quarter up 42-19.
Hosanna Christian committed 16 turnovers in the first half, while Damascus Christian had two.
Carly Bigby scored a team-high seven points and nine rebounds, after leading the team the night before. Elana Hampton scored six points and had seven boards. Pam Moro and Mady Bush scored five points and Emma Thompson scored four points.
Cox led Damascus Christian with 22 points, scoring 5-for-12 on three-point shots. As a team, the Eagles made 10 threes overall, giving them 16 total for the tournament. The record is 20 by Hosanna Christian when the Lady Lions lost the state title 75-50 to Nixyaawii in 2011.
Hosanna Christian meets St. Paul in the third place game on Saturday (1:15 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend). St. Paul was the state runner-up last year.
Damascus Christian moves to the championship game for the first time since 2003 and will play Condon-Wheeler-Arlington. Condon won the title in 2002.
Other Friday Scores
OSAA 2A Girls Basketball State Championship – Consolation Semifinal
Oakland 42, Lost River 34
NSCIF Division VI Girls Basketball Sectional Final
Hayfork 36, Butte Valley 19