Miller Time: Springfield Pulls 5A’s 3rd Upset Of The Day, Knock Out Silverton To Advance Against Putnam

Corvallis — It was an insane day at Gill Coliseum as the insanity of high school sports was unleashed on the campus of Oregon State University on Thursday. Prior to the final game of the night, top-ranked Willamette was eliminated by Crescent Valley to start the day and Putnam hammered #3 Crook County to advance to Friday’s semifinals. It what was Thursday’s slowest game of the day, it was “Miller Time” as Springfield would pull off the final event of what was the craziest quarterfinals possibly ever in 5A.

The first four minutes of the game had a combined four points and a 2-2 game, but a three-point play by Kylie Rankins got Springfield ahead 5-2 on Silverton. Danaeja Romero-Ah Sam and Juju Henderson closed out the quarter with layups to get the Millers up 9-2 after one quarter against the Foxes. The run would continue into the second and hole got deeper for Silverton, as Romero-Ah Sam, Henderson, and Alexi Morgan worked to make it a 15-2 Millers lead with 3:42 left in the half. After starting the game 0 for 19 from the field, Paige Traeger and Justina Semerikov finally broke the cold snap with back-to-back treys, closing the game to 15-8 with 2:02 left. A Henderson bucket before the end of the half gave it a 17-8 Springfield lead at the half, as Henderson led the Millers with six points at the break. Traeger and Semerikov both led Silverton with three points apiece.

After the low scoring half, Romero-Ah Sam went for a trey and another bucket, extending Springfield’s lead to 22-8 on Silverton after milking it down to 3:18 left in the third. Kyleigh Brown’s free throws broke the scoreless streak again for Silverton, but Romero Ah-Sam hit back with a trey that made it 25-10. Brown would score four more down the stretch of the quarter, keeping it a 25-14 game after three quarters at Gill Coliseum. In the final frame, neither team mustered much offense and the Millers did just enough to secure a 29-20 victory to upset #2 Silverton, advancing to the 5A semifinals on Friday night against Putnam. Danaeja Romero-Ah Sam led the way with 14 points for Springfield, Kyleigh Brown had ten points to lead Silverton.

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