SUTHERLIN — The Sutherlin girls basketball team will continue its season in the quarterfinals at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis after beating Madras 76-40 at home on Friday in a Class 4A playoff game.
“This has been the goal since the beginning of the year,” Sutherlin senior guard Kylee Carson said. “It’s just an amazing feeling.”
Carson started the game strong for the top-ranked Bulldogs (24-0), hitting three 3-point field goals in the first quarter.
Those nine points would be her total for the game, but by converting those treys it pulled apart the Madras defense.
“I was more proud of Kylee (Carson) than anybody. It’s her senior year and to shoot like that in the first quarter, she pretty much ended the game,” Sutherlin coach Josh Grotting said. “(Madras) was trying to stay inside and pack it in. We knew they might do that and we took advantage of it, and let it play for us and then it pulled them out. Olivia (Gulliford) started making layins and that was the game.”
Gulliford led the Bulldogs with 19 points, even though she sat out the entire second quarter. The junior post transferred to Sutherlin at the beginning of the school year from South Umpqua.
“I never regret transferring,” Gulliford said. “This year has been so much fun and to be where we are now, I don’t regret it at all.”
The Bulldogs were in firm control after the first quarter, leading 24-7. They built the cushion to 37-12 by halftime.
Madras’ fast-paced basketball was no match for Sutherlin’s defense-oriented style of play.
Madras’ Mariah Stacona, who was selected the MVP of the Tri-Valley Conference, led the White Buffaloes (16-10) with 17 points.
Before the game, Grotting said they were trying to shut her down as much as possible.
Stacona got in foul trouble, picking up three personal fouls in the first quarter.
Far West League MVP Miranda Mendenhall scored nine points for the Bulldogs.
Kayce Mock finished with nine points. Cassidy Bell and Ricki Mock added eight apiece and McKenna Foley seven.
Madras was able to inch closer to Sutherlin in the second half, but the Bulldogs remained dominant and outscored the Buffaloes in each quarter. Gulliford scored 11 points in the third.
With 6:29 left in the game, Sutherlin sophomore Kazlyn Clarno was fouled by Madras’ Vanessa Esquivel. Both Esquivel and Clarno went down when the blocking foul occurred, but Esquivel was unable to get up on her own.
Madras coach Rory Oster said it looked like her ankle was broken, but she’ll undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury.
Esquivel scored seven points in the game.
Sutherlin will face Far West League rival Brookings (23-2) in the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Brookings defeated Cottage Grove 67-54 Friday night.
The Bruins’ only losses this season have come to Sutherlin.
“It’s nice when another team from your league makes it,” Grotting said. “It’s tough to play somebody three times, but they match up better with us then Cottage Grove does.
“It’s going to be a tough game. We’ll know what they’re going to do, they’ll know what we’re going to do and it’s just about who can play better.”
MADRAS (40) — Mariah Stacona 17, Esquivel 7, Suppah 6, Wolfe 4, Frank 2, Whipple 2, Adams 2 . Totals 16 4-8 40.
SUTHERLIN (76) — Olivia Gulliford 19, Carson 9, Mendenhall 9, K. Mock 9, Bell 8, R. Mock 8, Foley 7, Clarno 3, Hanson 2, Merrifield 2, Tilley, Klein. Totals 28 12-22 76.
Madras 7 5 13 15 — 40
Sutherlin 24 13 21 18 — 76
3-point shots — Mad. 4 (Esquivel 2, Stacona 2), Suth. 8 (Carson 3, Bell 2, Mendenhall 1, R. Mock 1, K. Mock 1). Fouls — Mad. 19, Suth. 9. Fouled out — Frank.
Cottage Grove 57 Sutherlin 56
COTTAGE GROVE — The Bulldogs fought to get back in the game after a disappointing start, but the Lions pulled out the win in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Saturday.
“We were down all game,” Sutherlin coach Tony Martineau said. “We tried to get back in there. It was a one-possession game pretty much the entire fourth quarter, but they made their free throws and we did not.”
The Bulldogs (19-7) were 3 of 11 from the line, while the Lions (19-5) sank 23 of their 30 attempts.
Mason Mueller led the Lions with 30 points.
Junior guard Noah Caillier was Sutherlin’s leading scorer with 22 points, while Treven Anspach added 21.
Sutherlin was trailing 43-36 by the end of the third quarter and was able to close within one with 48 seconds left on the clock.
The Bulldogs fell behind early, as the Lions took a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.
Sutherlin then made a 10-2 run right before halftime to make it a 28-24 game, but Cottage Grove came back strong and once again extended its lead.
“We played hard every game,” Tony Martineau said. “Nobody expected us to compete for a league title.”
Sutherlin was the No. 2 seed in the Far West League after losing a tie-breaker game to Marshfield. The two teams shared the regular season title.
“We improved a ton over the year,” Tony Martineau said. “We started out defensively not real solid and got a lot better as our sophomores, juniors ... all the younger guys ... got better.”
The Bulldogs lose four seniors on their roster — Anspach, Jace Martineau, Wyatt McKnight and Josh Fulton.
All three 4A Far Wes teams that competed in the first round of the playoffs lost Saturday.
Cottage Grove will face La Salle (20-3) in the quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
SUTHERLIN (56) — Noah Caillier 22, Anspach 21, Martineau 7, Wr. McKnight 4, Wy. McKnight 2, Eakin, Fulton, Shelton, Harwood. Totals 23 3-11 56.
COTTAGE GROVE (57) — Mason Mueller 30, King 8, Gipson 6, Boyce 6, Tucker 5, Campbell 2, Parent. Totals 14 23-30 57.
Sutherlin 6 18 12 20 — 56
Cottage Grove 19 9 15 14 — 57
3-point shots — Suth. 3 (Martineau 1, Caillier 2), C.G. 4 (Boyce 2, Tucker 1, Mueller 1). Fouls — Suth. 26, C.G. 13. Fouled out — Anspach, Martineau, Wr. McKnight.