It was another tournament in a different city with the same result as the Hosanna Christian Lady Lions took down the New Hope Christian Warriors for the second time in just over a week, 55-37 on Thursday night in the semi finals of the 1A Hoops Classic at Portland Lutheran.
It took almost 90 seconds before someone scored a point, but it was the Lady Lions that tallied the first bucket, when junior guard Carly Bigby found senior post Tori Castle cutting through the lane enroute to the basket for an easy lay-in.
Moments later, Bigby extended the lead spotting up beyond the three point arc on the left wing to put Hosanna Christian up 5-2. They extended the lead when Alana Hampton heaved the ball from the backcourt into the waiting arms of Pamela Moro, who threw it up and got the ball to drop in, bouncing the lead up to 7-2.
After the Warriors closed the gap to one, Sophomore Dani Lynn Sundet drove baseline and dished the ball inside to Castle to push the lead back up to three at 9-6. The next trip down the floor, Castle again force her way to the basket scoring with harm getting a little charity for her effort. She sank the ensuing free throw for the conventional three point play which gave Hosanna Christian a 12-6 lead.
The Lady Lions led by nine after one quarter and broke the game open in the second stanza with strong post play inside by Castle who tallied 19 points for the game, and sharp outside shooting by Bigby who netted a game high 24 points for 10th ranked Hosanna Christian in their sixth straight win.
The lead swelled to 15 points midway through the second quarter when junior post Emma Thompson put back a missed lay-in bringing the score to 24-9 Lady Lions. Then Castle got loose under the basket on successive possessions for easy points before Bigby launched a shot from downtown Klamath Falls and drilled to post Hosanna Christian to a 17 point lead at the break.
The Lady Warriors did their best to get back in the game in the Third quarter outscoring Hosanna Christian 13-8 in the quarter, but the Lady Lions kept their poise to regain control in the final quarter and race off with the win and earning a spot in Friday night’s Championship game against seventh ranked Columbia Christian, which beat McKenzie 52-50 in overtime, earlier in the day for their 11th straight win.
New Hope Christian was paced by junior Megan Abbott with 15 points, they will play McKenzie for third place on Friday afternoon.
The 1A Hoops Classic is in its second year hosted by Portland Lutheran in southeast Portland. The tournament has been dubbed the Small School showcase. This year’s tournament features nine of the state of Oregon’s best small enrollment schools. Organizers say the girls field is the strongest in the entire tournament with six teams ranked in the OSAA Rankings, including Hosanna Christian who was finished 2nd in State in 2010.
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