Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor and Corvallis High open the 5A state tournament Wednesday against Crater. 

Godofredo Vasquez, Mid-Valley Media

Here is a look at Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchups at the OSAA 5A girls basketball state tournament.

The three-day event will be held at Gill Coliseum with the semifinals scheduled for Thursday and the placing games Friday.

No. 9 Putnam vs. No. 1 La Salle

Records: Putnam 18-7, 9-5 Northwest Oregon Conference (third); La Salle 23-2, 14-0 Northwest Oregon (first)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

The Northwest Oregon Conference rivals will play for the third time this season in the quarterfinals.

La Salle, which won the first two meetings by an average of 34 points, is unbeaten against Oregon teams. The Falcons have wins over Southridge and South Salem, the top two seeds in the 6A bracket.

Senior point guard Aleah Goodman, an Oregon State signee, and junior guard Taycee Wedin lead an offense that averages a 5A-best 59.9 points per game.

Putnam has won six of its last seven, including a 55-38 victory at Pendleton in Saturday’s round of 16.

No. 5 Bend vs. No. 4 Marist

Records: Bend 19-4, 12-0 Intermountain Conference (first); Marist 19-5, 13-1 Midwestern League (first)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

In another rematch, two red-hot teams face off in the second quarterfinal.

Bend enters the tournament on a nine-game winning streak while Marist has prevailed in 14 of its last 15.

The teams met on Dec. 17 in Eugene with the Spartans cruising to a 51-28 victory.

The Lava Bears sneaked into the quarters with a 46-45 decision over Hermiston in the round of 16. Marist easily reached Gill by knocking off Wilsonville 68-36.

No. 6 Hillsboro vs. No. 3 Silverton

Records: Hillsboro 16-9, 12-2 Northwest Oregon (second); Silverton 19-4, 12-2 Mid-Willamette Conference (second)

Time: 6:30 p.m.

The defending state champions open the tournament with Hillsboro.

Silverton, which finished second in the Mid-Willamette Conference behind Corvallis, is loaded with state experience. The Foxes have four starters back from last year’s team that went 28-0 en route to the 5A title.

Hillsboro’s only blemish since late January was a 48-21 loss at La Salle to close the regular season.

Neither team received much of a challenge in the round of 16 with Silverton blowing by Summit 77-47 while Hillsboro comfortably took down Churchill 47-39.

No. 7 Crater vs. No. 2 Corvallis

Records: Crater 21-4, 10-4 Midwestern League (second); Corvallis 21-3, 13-1 MWC (first)

Time: 8:15 p.m.

MWC champion Corvallis is in the quarterfinals for the fifth straight year after routing Springfield 78-44 Saturday night. The program’s best result during the span was a second-place finish in 2014.

A season ago, Corvallis bounced back from a semifinal loss to Silverton with a 51-37 victory over La Salle in the third-place game.

The Spartans are led by seniors Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson and Grace Corbin, the MWC co-players of the year.

Crater edged Dallas 44-36 in the round of 16. The Spartans split the season series with the Dragons, winning 69-39 at home while suffering a 56-53 loss in Dallas.

— Compiled by Bob Lundeberg


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