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The Roundball Wrap: Local HS Basketball State Playoff Preview

Several local high school basketball teams are on to their respective state tournaments. Here's everything you need to know about the local teams still alive for state titles.

Posted: Feb. 24, 2018 12:45 AM

MEDFORD -- Several local teams are still alive and moving on to the state playoffs in their respective leagues. Here's what you need to know about each team as they chase a championship over the next couple weeks: 

3A Girls: 

Illinois Valley - 15-8 (5-3) - 13 seed in state tournament
After finishing in second place in the Southern Cascade League, the Cougars are the 13 seed in the 3A girls tournament. They travel to take on fourth-seeded Clatskanie Saturday and hope to avoid the same playoff fate as Lakeview, who lost its first-round match up to No. 11 Creswell.

3A Boys: 

Cascade Christian - 17-9 (8-0) - 6 seed in state tournament
The Challengers went undefeated in conference play for the second straight season as they cruised to another Southern Cascade League title. Out of conference, they were just 9-9, but they played one of the toughest schedules of anyone in 3A. They are the six-seed in the state tournament and host No. 11 Coquille Saturday night at 6.

St. Mary's - 13-12 (6-2) - 15 seed in state tournament
The Crusaders won every conference game they played except for the two against rival Cascade Christian, but they aren't very battle tested heading into the state tournament. That will change very quickly as they travel to No. 2 Dayton Saturday, to face the 23-3 Pirates.

4A Girls: 

Hidden Valley - 21-2 (10-0) - 2 seed in state tournament
The Mustangs have been one of the most dominant teams, boys or girls, in the area this season, losing just two games all year long, one to No. 1 Marshfield. They will play the 15-seed, which will be determined based on the results of play-in games played on Friday. That game will be at Hidden Valley on Friday, March 2. 

Mazama Vikings - 18-5 (8-2) - State tournament seed TBD
After toppling Sutherlin, the four-time defending state champion, in their home play-in game Friday, the Vikings are headed to the Round of 16. Now, we just wait to see who they play. That will be determined after play-in games wrap up on Saturday. 

Henley Hornets - 16-8 (6-4) - State tournament seed TBD
Like Mazama, the Hornets are headed to the Round of 16 after a dominant performance at home in their play-in game. They destroyed visiting Douglas, 53-24 en route to the state tournament field. They will find out who they play in the first round by Saturday night. 

4A Boys: 

Mazama Vikings - 16-6 (9-1) - 6 seed in state tournament
The Vikings surprised many when they toppled Henley for the conference crown this season and Mazama fans hope they're just getting started. They don't have to play a play-in game by virtue of their Skyline Conference title and will find out who they play in the first round after play-in games wrap up Saturday. 

Henley Hornets - 19-5 (7-3) - State tournament seed TBD
Henley got a scare at home against a 10-13 North Marion team in their play-in game with the season on the line. Ultimately, the Hornets held on 58-57, being pushed to the brink by a team under .500. That could give them a jolt headed into the Round of 16, where they will be re-seeded following Saturday's action. 

5A Girls: 

Crater Comets - 19-5 (10-4) - Play-in game vs. South Albany Tuesday night
After finishing in third place in the Midwestern League, the Comets will have to earn their way into the 16-team tournament field. They host South Albany Tuesday night with their season on the line. If they win that, they will be re-seeded and placed into the official state tournament. 

5A Boys: 

Crater Comets - 23-1 (13-1) - State tournament seed TBD
After winning the Midwestern League for the first time in 28 years, the Comets are primed for a deep playoff run. They automatically get into the field of 16 by virtue of their conference title and will wait to be seeded in that field. OSAA has the Comets ranked as the No. 2 team in the state, so they're likely to be the No. 2 seed in the tournament. 

Ashland Grizzlies - 7-17 (3-11) - Play-in game vs. Crescent Valley TBD
Despite finishing in sixth place in the Midwestern League, the Grizzlies have a shot to reach the field of 16. They take on Crescent Valley, who finished in third place of the Mid-Willamette League in a play-in game. Date and time to be determined, but the Grizz still have a fighting chance. 

6A Girls:

North Medford - 16-8 (10-2) - 5 seed in state tournament
The Black Tornado shared the Southwest Conference title with Sheldon and now turn their attention to the state tournament. They are the 5 seed out of the field of 32 and their first-round opponent will come from a play-in game, according to OSAA's website.

South Medford - 16-9 (9-3) - 10 seed in state tournament
Even with seven of their nine players being freshman, Tom Cole has his South Medford team playing its best basketball at the right time. They toppled North Medford in the regular-season finale to spoil their hopes of a solo conference title. The Panthers take on No. 23 Roosevelt in the first round on Tuesday night. 

Grants Pass - 15-9 (7-5) - 18 seed in state tournament
Fresh off an upset win over Sheldon on Senior Night, the Lady Cavers will be put to the test on the road against No. 15 Glencoe. They've shown they can beat some of the state's best teams, so can they pull off a miracle run in the tournament? That remains to be seen.

6A Boys: 

North Medford - 21-3 (10-2) - 9 seed in state tournament
After winning another league title, the Black Tornado are on to the state tournament to take on No. 24 Cleveland on Wednesday night. If they're able to win that game in front of their home fans, they would either host No. 25 South Eugene or travel to No. 8 Jesuit in the Round of 16.

Grants Pass - 15-9 (8-4) - 16 seed in state tournament
The Cavemen showed they can beat some very good teams, like North Medford, but they are also prone to lapses. There's no time for that as they host No. 17 Beaverton Wednesday. If they win their first-round game, it's up to Portland to take on Jefferson, the No. 1 team in the state. 

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