Back behind the roar of the crowds, the pervasive College sports coverage, we discovered another team of note: one dedicated to fostering the very finest of skills and growth at a level rarely seen here outside of Prep and College team sports: This is a look at the future of Oregon women’s basketball.
It was a hard fought battle on the hardwood at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday Night. Russell finished with just 12 points and six rebounds. Lexi Bando and Autumn Baumgartner finished in double digits with Bando 5 of 7 from the 3 point line.
It is well known that Sheldon and Lake Oswego enjoy as intense a rivalry as UO and OSU, with as many colorful upsets. This years championship game was the 8th playoff meeting between these two teams in the last 10 years.
In a hard-fought back and forth game, The Sheldon Irish have managed to keep their undefeated record and their now 5-0 performance in OSAA semi-finals intact. They’ve also kept alive the prospect of a Lane County OSAA State Championship. The Irish will battle perennial championship bridesmaids the Lake Oswego Lakers next Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.
“We’ve been building up to this for a long time. Every year we’ve gotten better, and we were ready to do something special.” –South Eugene senior Paige Kouba.
In a season finale featuring two undefeated teams, the visiting Sheldon Irish and South Medford Panthers, the Irish came away with a hard-fought 35-12 victory.