CORVALLIS, Ore. — While it wasn’t in as dominating fashion as the quarterfinal win the previous night, the Mazama Vikings carried the lead from start to finish to defeat Cascade 54-39 in the OSAA 4A Girls Basketball State Championships semifinals.
The win moves the Vikings into the state title match-up for the first time in school history. They’ll play either La Grande or Sutherlin on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.
Megan Morris shot 5-for-8 from the floor, finishing with a game-best 15 points. Morris also had four steals and five rebounds. As a team, Mazama shot 51 percent and held Cascade to 31 percent.
Hannah Reynolds scored 11 points, making 5-of-13, and Shaylee Totten put in eight points. After a double-double in the quarterfinal game, Caileigh Smith scored four points, but had team-high in rebounds again with eight. Karena Foust and Amber Lease scored six points apiece.
With Mazama leading 53-33 in the mid-fourth quarter, Cascade’s Alix Biddington and Sadie Trump made back-to-back three-pointers on either side of one successful Mazama free throw to close the gap to 15 with 4:04 remaining, but Mazama kept the ball away from Cascade (20-6) and closed out the game.
Austyn Lowder had a double-double for Cascade with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kassi Sanders, off an 11-point performance in the Cougars’ 43-42 win over La Salle the night before, shot just 3-for-17 to end up with nine points.
If Mazama (26-2) wins a state championship, it will be the second for the Klamath Basin in as many years. Henley beat Sutherlin, which can still make this year’s title, 41-35 to claim the 4A crown in 2012.