The Corvallis High girls basketball team topped Springfield 78-44 and will advance to the 5A state tournament.
The Spartans (21-3, 13-1) got to the line early and often in their win over the Millers. In the first half Corvallis made 14 of 20 free throw attempts. Springfield went just 3 for 4.
Coach Greg Garrison said the team’s strategy was to pound the ball inside.
“It’s a good thing our two post players are our two best free throw shooters,” Garrison said. “Corbin shoots about 90 percent and Martinson shoots about 86 percent. At any level that’s pretty remarkable, so when they get fouled it’s a good result for us.”
The Spartans shared the ball well on offense and played solid enough defense to take a 31-22 lead into the break.
Corvallis opened the second half on a 22-0 run.
The Spartans executed a flurry of passes each offensive possession that went inside out and created good shooting opportunities. The team connected on four three-point tries during the run.
As good as the offense looked, the defense was even better.
“Our defensive intensity picked up,” said Garrison. “We scored a lot of points because our defense led to some run outs. We got stops so we weren’t taking the ball out of the basket, that allowed us to run and get better spacing on the floor. That’s the way we want to play, it’s too bad we didn’t play that way for 32 minutes.”
Corvallis held Springfield to four points in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was more of the same: quick ball movement, minimal dribbling, and making the extra pass.
Grace Corbin, Ellie Harding, and Alexandria Vallencey-Martinson each scored 16 points in the win. Krysta Wilson and Maddie Garretson each chipped in 7. Jordan Taylor had 6.
Corvallis went off for 57 points in the second half and hope to carry some of that momentum into the state tournament.
CHS will enter the quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 7 Crater in Gill Coliseum at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Spartans have not faced Crater this year.
“We’ll get some film,” Garrison said. “We saw them a couple years ago so we know it’s a good program. They play mostly zone, they’re well coached, they’re physical. But if we improve what we do, it’s hard for teams to prepare for us.”