CORVALLIS -- For just the second time in school history, the Crater Comets boys basketball team is headed to the state semifinals after knocking off No. 7 South Albany, 65-54 in the quarterfinals. In the team's only other trip to the semifinals in 1990, the Comets fell.
Now 24-1 overall this season, Crater is on the verge of making school history. A win over Thurston, a team they beat twice during the regular season, would put them into the state title game for the first time ever. Two of Crater's closest wins of the season came against the Colts, whom they beat by two on the road and seven at home.
Against South Albany, the Comets had three players finish in double figures. Kiefer Edwards led the way with 17, followed by 15 from Cade Weaver and 13 from Jayden Vranes.
Tip off between Crater and Thurston is at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday night. The winner will play in the state title game at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night.