The West Linn Lions (24-4, 10-0 Three Rivers League) took on the Grant Generals (13-13, 4-4 6A Special District 2) Saturday night and with a 76-51 win, advanced to the Rose Garden for the fourth year in a row.
After struggling early in the first quarter, the Lions were led by guard Payton Pritchard, sophomore, who netted 21 points, 19 in the first half. Building a double-digit lead during the second half, West Linn cruised, even going on a 27-3 run from the end of the third to mid-fourth quarter.
Anthony Mathis, junior, and Hayden Coppedge, senior, scored 19 and 15 points respectively to help push the Lions to the Garden. West Linn will be in a rematch of last season’s state title game against the Central Catholic Rams (17-9, 10-0 Mt. Hood Conference).
The girls team (18-7, 6-4 TRL) took on the South Salem Saxons (22-5, 10-0 Central Valley Conference) and fell 62-44. After a dominating 63-12 victory over the Barlow Bruins, the Lions were hoping to advance to the Rose Garden for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.
West Linn struggled on offense in the first half, putting up only 13 points and allowing 32 to the Saxons. The Lions were led by guard Sidney Kolasinski, junior, and Genna Hughes, senior, who scored 15 and 11 points respectively.