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NW Shootout | Threes bring down Oregon

Special to The Seattle Times

PORTLAND — Just when the all-stars from Washington needed a spark, back-to-back three-pointers by Terrell Smith and Jamelle McMillan seemed to do the trick.

Washington defeated Oregon 96-82 on Sunday at the Chiles Center in the Les Schwab Northwest Shootout, cutting Oregon's overall lead in the series to 9-4.

Washington's girls won even more easily, 104-60.

With less than two minutes gone in the 20-minute second half of the boys game and the score tied 43-43, Franklin's Venoy Overton picked up his fourth and fifth personal fouls within a few seconds. He then had a technical foul tacked on top for a sixth foul and disqualification.

As the future Washington Husky went dejectedly to the bench, it seemed the spirit of the Washington team might sag.

But Smith and McMillan hit the big shots, and Washington refused to buckle.

"The coaches were fired up about this," McMillan said. "Oregon was 9-3 on us. So coming down here we knew we were going up against a ton of talent."

Oregon, however, played without Kevin Love and Kyle Singler, consensus high-school All-Americans that many observers believe are the two best players in state history. They had already committed to the maximum two all-star games elsewhere.

But for a game that was missing some of its star power, there were still celebrities in attendance. Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was there to watch his son, Jamelle, for only the fourth time all season. And former Seattle Sonic Jack Sikma watched his son, Bellevue's Luke Sikma, play on his future home court at the University of Portland.

After Washington took a 53-47 lead, Oregon was in a catch-up posture. Poor shooting behind the three-point arc — 3 of 17 in the second half — didn't help Oregon, but it still trailed only 84-80 before Washington scored the next eight points. Six of those points came on free throws by Lynden's Chris Bolt, who finished with 18 points.

Bainbridge's Steven Gray scored 20 to win game MVP honors. Federal Way's Smith added 16 points and O'Dea's McMillan had 11 points and five assists.

Washington girls roll behind Jackson

Chief Sealth standout Nia Jackson led her Washington girls team to a 104-60 rout with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Oregon, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, was overwhelmed by Washington's size and speed.

"I've got to be nice," Jackson said. "I thought we could beat them, but I didn't think we'd do it by that much."

Washington's pressure defense (13 first-half steals), and poor shooting by Oregon led to a 56-22 Washington halftime lead. Oregon shooters finished 18 of 58 (.310); Washington was 41 of 74 (.554).

"I had reservations about coming down here," said Snohomish's Ken Roberts, who coached the Washington team. "All-star games often aren't very good, and I was worried about bad basketball."

But Washington seemed motivated to play the right way and end Oregon's streak.

"We really played good defense," said Jackson, who is committed to the University of Oregon. "We were after every loose ball and diving to the floor."

Kentwood's Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and eight assists, and Auburn Riverside's Stephanie Wilber added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Northwest Shootout

At Portland

BOYS GAME

Washington 96, Oregon 82

Oregon — Brandon Jones 1, Greg Plater 15, Kevin Chalmers 4, Ernie Spada 4, Brady Martin 15, Zach Anderson 6, Brian Barkdoll 11, Nathan Rooney 6, Clint Chapman 7, Blake Poole 13.

Washington — Venoy Overton 4, Chris Bolt 18, Jeffrey Downs 11, Jamelle McMillan 11, Steven Gray 20, Luke Sikma 4, Terrell Smith 16, Cody Gibler 6, Nathan Lozeau 6.

Oregon 41 41 — 82
Washington 40 56 — 96

GIRLS GAME

Washington 104, Oregon 60

Oregon — Cheryl Burris 3, Josi McDermott 3, Emily Doran 5, Katie Scanlon 4, Sara Zahler 4, Kendra Little 9, Samantha Child 12, Kelly Marchant 10, Becky Goll 10, Sallye Alexander 0.

Washington — Nia Jackson 17, Courtney Vandersloot 14, Katelan Redmon 11, Rachele Kloke 12, Lyndi Seidensticker 9, Alex Montgomery 7, Stephanie Wilber 14, Kelli Valentine 4, Christina Nzekwe 4, Regina Rogers 12.

Oregon 22 38 — 60
Washington 56 48 — 104

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