BAKER CITY, Ore. - Forward Kylee Rogers scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead Helix to a 42-34 Oregon Class 1A girls state basketball semifinal victory over Crane Friday afternoon at Baker High School.
"Kylee had a terrific game," Helix coach Dean Fouquette said. "She made big plays, hit big shots and came through in the clutch. She is talented, and it all came out in this game."
The victory advanced the Grizzlies into the state championship game Saturday evening against Imbler.
Center Chyanne Hack had 10 points inside and five rebounds for the Grizzlies before fouling out.
"Chyanne was in foul trouble throughout the game," Fouquette said. "But she played hard and we needed her. She is big, strong and athletic. When she finds out how good she really is, then she is really going to dominate."
Helix shot 27.8 percent in the first half and trailed 14-12 at the break.
The Grizzlies rebounded to shoot 52.4 percent from the field in the second half to come back and win.
In the first quarter, Helix got down 4-0 before rallying back.
A shot inside by Hack and a jumper by Addie Terjeson tied it up at 4-4 at the three-minute minute mark.
A jump shot from the right side by Rogers gave Helix a 6-4 lead at the quarter break.
The Mustangs soon tied it up at 6-6 with a hoop - before a free throw by Claire Ely made it 7-6 Grizzlies.
Rogers hit another jumper, at the two-minute mark, to give the Grizzlies a three-point lead.
Crane went on an 8-3 run to close the half and lead by two.
Rogers quickly tied the game in the third, 14-14, with a dribble-drive jump shot from the middle of the key.
After a free throw by Crane, Rogers hit a 3-pointer to make it 17-15 two minutes into the third quarter.
Crane went on a mini-run of 5-0, to grab a 20-17 lead with three minutes remaining in the third.
Hack then scored inside to pull Helix within one point.
The hoop by Hack sparked a 9-0 Griz run in the next two minutes.
Meghan Schroeder had a bucket, Hack had four points and Rogers hit her second 3-pointer of the game to spark the Helix surge.
The Mustangs hit a basket to stop the Grizzlies' run and close the gap to 26-22 Helix.
After that, Niccy Thompson scored inside before Schroeder dropped in two to take a 30-22 lead into the final period.
The final period was a see-saw battle, when both teams scored 12 points.
Hack had four points in the final period with two steals. Terjeson dropped in three points with two steals. And Rogers hit four clutch free throws, without a miss, as Crane was forced to foul with time running out.
"Crane was a good team and they all are good teams in state," Fouquette said. "All of our girls hit big shots tonight and we won. Now we are onto the championship game."
CRANE (34) - Buermann 2-7 0-0 5, Otley 2-7 0-0 5, Bentz 3-5 1-2 7, O'Toole 3-5 1-1 7, O'Crowley 3-11 1-2 7, Nyman 1-6 1-2 3. Totals 14-41 4-7 34.
HELIX (42) - Rogers 5-12 4-7 16, Terjeson 2-4 1-3 5, Ely 1-5 2-4 8, Schroeder 2-5 0-0 4, Hack 5-10 0-0 10, Thompson 1-2 0-1 2, Cave 0-0 0-0 0, Whal 0-1 0-0 0, M. Nitz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-39 7-15 42.
Crane 4 10 8 12 - 34
Helix 6 6 18 12 - 42
3-point goals - Helix 3-10 (Rogers 2, Ely), Crane 2-13 (Buermann, Otley). Total fouls -Crane 14, Helix 9. Fouled out - Helix (Hack). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Crane 30 (Bentz 9), Helix 28 (Ely 8). Turnovers - Helix 14, Crane 13. Assists - Helix 7 (Terjeson 4), Crane 7 (O'Toole 3).