RIDDLE, Ore. - Weston-McEwen couldn't solve Riddle's torrid outside shooting in an explosive first quarter here Saturday night as the TigerScots saw their girls basketball season come to an end.
The Irish, ranked No. 4 in the most recent Oregon Class 2A coaches state poll, raced to a 28-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play and easily held off the TigerScots after that for a 62-49 victory in the first round of the state playoffs.
Riddle now advances to the Oregon Class 2A State Tournament that begins Thursday in Pendleton at the Convention Center. The Irish, who won the Mountain View Conference championship with a 14-2 record, take a 23-2 mark overall into Thursday's 1:30 p.m. quarterfinal game against Yoncalla.
The TigerScots finished with a 12-14 record overall after placing third in the Blue Mountain Conference with a 9-5 record.
"I thought we played a good three quarters, maybe three-and-a-half quarters," W-M coach Amber Doremus said. "But they shot so well in the first quarter and we didn't adjust quickly enough.
"But we were seventh in our league last year and third this year. We were in the top 16 at state. It feels like we have the program going in the right direction."
Riddle began the game by sinking 6-of-7 3-point baskets in the first quarter. Senior guard Alex Rogers knocked down three of them, freshman Pele Gianotti canned a pair and Kailee Hanson, another senior, collected the sixth.
Gianotti, one of two 6-footers on the Riddle roster, led all scorers with 29 points. Rogers finished with 13 points and Melino Gianotti, a 5-10 senior wing, was a third Irish in double figures with 10 points.
Weston-McEwen fought back into the game by outscoring Riddle 22-9 in the second period. But Riddle upped its 37-26 halftime lead to 51-32 after three quarters and coasted to the victory.
Weston-McEwen got 12 points from freshman Taylor Rudolph, 11 from junior Morgan Entze and nine from freshman Molly von Borstel.
Tiffany Cain, the lone senior on the Weston-McEwen roster, scored five points in her TigerScot finale.
"Tiffany Cain led us all season and she got us to state," Doremus said of her senior. "We hadn't been to state since she was in high school, so I am happy for her.
"We're not real happy with the way our season ended," Doremus added. "But we were up against a very good No. 4 team seven hours away from home. For all but one of our kids, this was a really good experience that we can build on for next year.
Riddle 62, W-M 49
WESTON-MCEWEN (49) - Coffman 3 0-1 6, Christopher 1 0-0 2, Rudolph 4 4-4 12, Entze 5 1-2 11, Cain 2 0-0 5, von Borstel 3 3-6 9, Zimmerman 2 0-0 4, P. Thompson 0 0-0 0, J. Thompson 0 0-0 0, Youncs 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-13 49.
RIDDLE (62) - Rogers 3 4-6 13, M Gianotti 4 2-4 10, K. Hanson 3 0-1 8, P. Gianotti 8 11-14 29, Reid 1 0-2 2, Maurer 0 0-0 0, Nash 0 0-0 0, J. Hansen 0 0-0 0, McNeil 0 0-0 0, Kremer 0 0-0 0.
Weston-McEwen 4 22 6 17 - 49
Riddle 28 9 14 11 - 62
3-point goals - W-M (Cain), Riddle (Rogers 3, K. Hanson 2, P. Gianott 2). Total fouls - W-M 20, Riddle 18. Fouled out - W-M (Entze). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-M 37 (Entze 7, Cain 7, von Borstel 7), Riddle 29 (P. Gianotti 7).