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Playoff basketball: Prairie boys earn spot in 3A state regional round

Plus: Seton Catholic boys, Union girls have one more chance

The Prairie Falcons played one of their best defensive games of the season Thursday night and were rewarded with a trip to the Class 3A state boys basketball regional round.

Kameron Osborn made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and the Falcons rolled past Capital 64-40 in an elimination game of the 3A bi-district tournament. Prairie will take on Wilson on Saturday for fifth place in this tourney but regardless of the outcome of that game, the Falcons are in the final 16 of state.

Kameron Osborn, shown here earlier this season, was all smiles again Thursday night after he scored 23 points, helping Prairie get to the Class 3A state regional round with a win over Capital. Photo by Mike Schultz
Kameron Osborn, shown here earlier this season, was all smiles again Thursday night after he scored 23 points, helping Prairie get to the Class 3A state regional round with a win over Capital. Photo by Mike Schultz

“It just feels great. I’m just proud of the guys,” Prairie coach Kyle Brooks said. “They seem to get better all year. To play well tonight, at the right time of year, feels really good.”

It is the first time since 2008 the program has been to the sweet 16.

“When they got in the locker room they let loose,” Brooks said of the team’s celebration. “Everyone’s excited to get to play next week. We have six seniors who have been together for a while. To be able to do it this year, under pressure in a loser-out game, it was great for them to get over that hurdle.”

After giving up 16 points in the first quarter, the Falcons held Capital to 24 points the rest of the game, including five points in the second quarter when Prairie jumped out to a 15-point lead.

“We talked about half-court defense and rebounding in the playoffs. That was as good as we have defended,” Brooks said. “The kids stuck to our plan and did a really good job.”

Nobody from Capital scored more than eight points.

Osborn had his big scoring night, Dante Heitschmidt added 13 points, and Logan Reed scored 10 points. Brooks credited A.J. Dixon and Zeke Dixon for providing “a lot of energy,” particularly for the Prairie defense.

Zeke Dixson, shown here earlier this season, was credited by coach Kyle Brooks for his energy on defense in Prairie’s win Thursday night to clinch a berth to the state tournament. Photo by Mike Schultz
Zeke Dixson, shown here earlier this season, was credited by coach Kyle Brooks for his energy on defense in Prairie’s win Thursday night to clinch a berth to the state tournament. Photo by Mike Schultz

Prairie won the opener of the bi-district, then fell in the quarterfinals. That put the Falcons in the consolation bracket where they had to win two in a row to make it to state. Prairie beat Peninsula 65-59 on Tuesday, then traveled back to the Puget Sound area for Thursday’s victory.

http://www.3agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2522&sport=3

4A Girls:

Kentridge 65, Camas 50:

The Camas Papermakers fell to the defending state champions in the championship semifinals of the bi-district tournament.

The Papermakers will play in the the third-place game Saturday against Kentlake.

Camas has already clinched a berth to the state regional round.

Todd Beamer 69, Union 45:

Union had no answer for Aaliyah Alexander, who scored 22 points for Todd Beamer in a consolation round contest in the bi-district tournament.

Mason Oberg scored 14 points to pace Union.

The Titans have one more chance to clinch a spot to the state regional round. Union takes on Olympia at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

http://www.4agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2535&sport=12

1A Boys:

Seton Catholic 56, Stevenson 41:

The Cougars saved their season for at least another day and have a shot to clinch a berth to the state regional round.

Seton Catholic will play Montesano in the third-place game of the 1A District 4 tournament. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. at Kelso High School on Saturday.

http://www.tricoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2463&sport=3

Here are links to the tournaments that did not have any Thursday games featuring Clark County teams:

4A Boys:

http://www.4agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2534&sport=3

3A Girls:

http://www.3agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2523&sport=12

2A Girls:

http://www.2agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2545&sport=12

2A Boys:

http://www.2agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2544&sport=3

1A Girls:

http://www.tricoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2464&sport=12

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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