State playoffs await five Central Oregon hoops teams

The field is set for the Class 5A and 4A basketball state playoffs

Bulletin staff report /

After a week of waiting, Central Oregon teams are set for the first round of the girls and boys basketball state playoffs.

Friday at 6 p.m., the Bend High girls, who were fifth in the final OSAA Class 5A rankings, will play host to No. 15 Springfield, which Bend defeated 53-37 on the road in December. The Millers posted a 60-44 home play-in win over Ashland on Tuesday night to advance to the state playoffs.

The Bend boys, No. 7 in the 5A rankings, have a 1 p.m. meeting on Saturday with 11th-ranked Liberty of Hillsboro, which defeated Dallas 62-51 in the play-in round on Tuesday.

The Summit girls, ranked eighth in Class 5A, and the No. 3 Mountain View boys will host first-round games. Summit will host Wilson on Friday, although game time had not been determined by late Wednesday night. Mountain View will host Madison on Saturday at 6 p.m.

In the 4A girls bracket, Madras goes on the road on Friday night to take on top-seeded and undefeated Sutherlin of the Far West League. The White Buffaloes, who last Friday logged a 58-45 play-in road win over Ontario to improve to 16-9 overall, are scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff against the 23-0 Bulldogs, whose narrowest win all season has been a 48-38 victory over Regis in December.

This weekend’s playoff winners advance to state championship tournaments next week.