You had to figure if the girls basketball team from Oregon City (Ore.) was going to make a 2,930-mile trip to the Diamond State Classic, the Pioneers would be pretty good.
Oregon City put on a spectacular shooting display, hitting 12 3-pointers on the way to a 62-48 victory over Ursuline on Friday at the St. E Center.
“That’s a national team, a national program,” Ursuline coach John Noonan said of the Pioneers. “They have a really, really good system. They shot at a high percentage, and they do a lot of different things.”
Long Beach State signee Jessica Gertz splashed six 3-pointers on her way to 25 points, and left-handed sophomore Cierra Walker drained six more 3s and scored 20 for Oregon City (5-2).
“We’ve got some kids that can shoot the ball well,” Pioneers coach Kurt Guelsdorf said. “We moved it well, got good spacing and were able to knock down some shots and get in that fast game that we like to play.”
Oregon City will meet McDonogh School (Md.) in a semifinal game of the Saint Francis Healthcare Cup, the tournament’s national bracket, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ursuline (3-2) will play Wilson (Pa.) in a consolation-bracket game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Raiders fought valiantly, hitting nine 3-pointers of their own. Ursuline erased an early 16-6 deficit and took a 21-19 lead on a 3-pointer by Alyssa Irons with 5:08 left in the second quarter.
But the Pioneers led 36-29 at the half, stretched it to 50-41 through three quarters and scored the first six points of the fourth.
“We’re young. I’m definitely proud of our kids, but we have a lot to work on,” Noonan said. “This is just kind of growing pains, but I’m really pleased with the hustle of our kids.”
Adrianna Hahn led the Raiders with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Kailyn Kampert added 13 points, but Ursuline was no match for a battle-tested Oregon City program that has won 11 state titles and is making its third appearance in the Diamond State Classic.
“We just came out of a tournament in Arizona that probably had three of the top 50 teams in the country,” Guelsdorf said. “That was good preparation. I was impressed with how hard Ursuline played.”