PRINEVILLE — Ridgeview hit the first shot of overtime and followed that by making nine of 10 free throws to earn a berth in the Class 4A boys basketball play-in round and end Crook County’s postseason hopes with a 51-40 win in a do-or-die finale in Special District 1.
Jack Bowman scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists to lead the Ravens (5-19 overall, 2-1 SD1), and Tanner O’Neal added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. But more importantly, Ridgeview is in the postseason for the first time, despite a roster void of a single senior.
“This gives our kids, a young team, an opportunity to practice two more days and get another game against a high-quality opponent,” said Ridgeview coach Nathan Covill. “And it allows our kids a taste of what it’s like to be in the tournament as opposed to waiting a whole other year.”
With four minutes left in regulation, George Mendazona hit a 3-pointer to pull the Ravens within two, and moments later Ridgeview tied it with a pair of free throws.
Crook County (7-16, 1-2) had a chance to win in the closing seconds of regulation. Dillon Dees, who led the Cowboys with 11 points, shot a turnaround jumper in the post that just fell short, sending the game into overtime. Chance Sutfin grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with six points for Crook County.
The Cowboys struggled offensively in the extra period, scoring just two points.
Ridgeview’s play-in game will be on Friday against an opponent to be determined. Crook County finishes the season at Summit on Thursday.
In other Tuesday action:
Mountain View 57
The host Cougars bounced back from a sluggish start to beat the Storm in an Intermountain Conference game. Summit held Mountain View to just four first-quarter points and held a 22-21 halftime lead. But Mountain View outscored the Storm 24-12 in the third quarter and never looked back. Mitch Modin scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished five assists and had four steals to lead Mountain View, which had nine players score. Cade Cattell led the Storm with 15 points and Moyer chipped in 12. Mountain View, which improved to 19-3 overall and 6-2 in the IMC, will host rival Bend on Friday. A win against the Lava Bears would give the Cougars a share of the league title. Summit (10-13, 1-8) hosts Crook County on Thursday.
ESTACADA — The White Buffaloes lost leads late in regulation and in overtime, falling to the Rangers in the Tri-Valley Conference finale for both squads. Madras (14-10 overall, 5-5 TVC) led by one point and had two free-throw attempts with about 20 seconds left in regulation but could only convert one of the shots to go up 82-80. Estacada forced overtime on a layup scored with about five seconds remaining. In extra time, the Buffs scored the first five points but repeatedly fouled the Rangers, who were 18 of 25 from the free-throw line for the game. Jhaylen Yeahquo led Madras with 29 points, followed by Jered Pichette’s 28. Steele Haugen and Rodney Mitchell were also in double figures, each with 14 points. Despite the defeat, the Buffs remain the No. 3 seed from the TVC and will take part in a play-in game on Friday. The opponent and site were still to be determined as of Tuesday night.
Sweet Home 60
La Pine 54
SISTERS — La Pine’s bid for a Class 4A postseason berth was snuffed out Monday night in a Sky-Em League tiebreaker game played at neutral Sisters High School. Tyler Parsons scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the second quarter for the Hawks, who outscored the Huskies 22-13 in the period to take a 34-27 halftime lead. “But we came out flat in the third quarter,” said La Pine coach Kyle Kalmbach. “That’s what killed us.” Sweet Home led 44-42 going into the fourth period, and the score was tied with less than two minutes to play before the Huskies (9-14) pulled away to secure the league’s No. 3 position. “They just did a better job of finishing than we did,” said Kalmbach of Sweet Home, which made eight of 11 free throws in the final quarter. It was the Huskies’ second win over La Pine in four nights; they had beaten the Hawks 75-60 Friday night at Sweet Home to split the regular-season series between the two teams and force the tiebreaker game. Sam Wieber scored 13 points and Cameron Kraft added nine for the Hawks, who finished the season with an overall record of 11-14.
REDMOND — The Lava Bears jumped out to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter and used a 23-8 third quarter to separate themselves from the Panthers en route to an Intermountain Conference win. Lisa Sylvester and Mekayla Isaak paced Bend with 13 points apiece, while Heidi Froelich and Jessica McClay each chipped in 12 points. Redmond, which wrapped up its regular season schedule at 10-14 overall and 0-9 in IMC play, was led by Kaylee Wilson’s 11 points and six steals, and Chantel Dannis added 10 points and six rebounds. Bend (17-5, 7-1) plays in its regular-season finale on Friday, when the Lava Bears host crosstown rival Mountain View. Redmond coach Angela Capps said the Panthers were 20th in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings going into this matchup. If Redmond maintains that spot when the rankings freeze at 10 p.m. on Saturday, it will earn a play-in game next week against an opponent to be determined.
MADRAS — Mariah Stacona scored 26 points, had 11 steals and dished out nine assists to lead the White Buffaloes to an easy win and into a second-place tie in the Tri-Valley Conference. Madras, which had already clinched a berth in the 4A play-in round, started the game on a 15-0 run and Estacada never threatened. “The girls played well on senior night,” said Madras coach Mike Osborne. “We improved each and every game. Now we can see put things together for a playoff game.” Inez Jones added 12 points and had four steals and Teneasha Adams scored five points and recorded six steals for Madras, which improved to 13-11 overall and 7-3 in the Tri-Valley. Madras ended the regular season tied with Gladstone, which the White Buffaloes split with in two games this season, but lost the tie-breaker based on power rankings. Madras will play against an opponent to be determined in a Saturday play-in game.
Crook County 51
REDMOND — The Ravens shook off a 17-7 hole they found themselves in at the end of the first quarter and used a 20-12 fourth to put the Cowgirls away in Special District 1 action. Chloe Ross recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks to anchor the Ravens (2-22 overall, 1-2 SD1) in their final game of the season. Bailey Simmons added nine points, and Shae Wilcox dished out seven assists. Crook County (9-14, 2-1), which hosts Summit on Thursday, was led by Kimmer Severance’s 19 points, while Michaeline Malott finished with 11. The Cowgirls will play in the 4A play-in round on Friday or Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.