EUGENE — Corvallis High made a strong early statement in its quest for a state title.
The second-seeded Spartans raced out to a 7-0 lead over West Albany High in the first 68 seconds and were never threatened, defeating their Mid-Willamette Conference rivals, 46-23, on Wednesday in the 5A quarterfinals at Matthew Knight Arena.
Corvallis (21-4) will play No. 3 Hermiston (20-5) in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Hermiston advanced with a 46-24 victory over No. 11 Sherwood.
No. 10 West (15-12) and Sherwood (18-8) meet in a loser-out consolation game at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
“We have been working so hard all season, so it’s kind of a relief to get a big lead and know we can make it this far,” Corvallis senior point guard McKenna McGowan said.
The Spartans held the Bulldogs to just 21 percent shooting (6 for 29) for the game and forced 26 turnovers.
West missed its first five shots and had six giveaways before Ali Nelke stopped the bleeding with a bucket at the 2:30 mark of the opening quarter.
MWC-champion Corvallis led 10-2 after eight minutes and 21-3 at the break.
“A lot of our girls have been here before, and I think that helped us get off to a good start,” said Greg Garrison, in his first year as coach of the CHS girls. “It was nice to have that little spurt because we feel pretty good about our defense, and we were a little unsure about our offense.”
The Bulldogs, who also struggled offensively in last year’s 29-26 state quarterfinal loss to Corvallis, went just 1 for 15 from the field in the first half and were 0 for 6 from beyond the arc.
In the 2013 loss, West finished 8 for 35 from the floor.
“Defense is kind of what we rely on,” McGowan said. “We are really able to dictate games with our defense.”
The Bulldogs also played outstanding on the defensive end, containing Leslie Robinson to 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Robinson, the MWC player of the year, also had 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
Brooklyn Coe added nine points, three rebounds and three steals and McGowan added eight points, two assists and four steals.
Corey James led West with nine points.
The Spartans have now won four straight against the Bulldogs, including all three 2014 meetings.
Corvallis 46, West Albany 23
WEST ALBANY 2 1 8 12 — 23
CORVALLIS 10 11 14 11 — 46
West Albany: James 9, Nelke 4, G. Smith 4, Siegner 4, J. Smith 2, B. Smith, Sams, Wetmore, Baum, K. Smith, Duvall
Corvallis: Robinson 14, Coe 9, McGowan 8, Vallancey-Martinson 7, Creswick 5, Dursch-Smith 3, L. Beck, Rainwater, Cox, Dupray, Joss, M. Beck