Corvallis — The storybook season of the Crescent Valley Raiders will live on for another chapter. The girls that went to Wilsonville to advance to Gill Coliseum knocked off #1 Willamette to advance to Friday’s semifinal against Ridgeview, facing a Ravens squad led by Australian star Kyrah Daniels, who defeated Corvallis to advance to the semifinals. As the chapter would have it, Crescent Valley is headed to the 5A state championship on their own floor at Oregon State University, living beyond that of their designated ranking of #9 in the state. Even better, they beat the team that eliminated their state title hopes in the 5A volleyball semifinals back in November.
The state semifinals would be started off with Daniels nailing a bucket to open the scoring 2-0 in Ridgeview’s favor, with the Ravens keeping pace behind Brooklyn Homan to maintain a lead of 7-4 with 5:10 left in the quarter. Freshman standout Taelyn Bentley would hit a couple of free throws and a layup for the Raiders, getting Crescent Valley ahead 8-7 at the 4:21 mark. Gabby Bland’s trey and a couple free throws from Kamden Mitchell had the Raiders leading 13-11 after one quarter over Ridgeview. Bland and Mitchell would keep the run going, extending it to a 17-11 Crescent Valley lead in the first two minutes of the quarter. Daniels would put an end to the run for Ridgeview, but Nicole Huang responded with a trey and Bentley had a layup to make it 22-13 Raiders with 5:57 left in the half.
Ridgeview would find some punches here and there, but the Raiders matched them all the way down the stretch of the half, with Huang’s buzzer-beater at the half lifting the Raiders to a 29-20 lead over Ridgeview. Gabby Bland led the Raiders with ten points at the half, Kyrah Daniels had eight points to lead Ridgeview. Bentley kept up the inside scoring for Crescent Valley, pushing the lead to double-digits with a 33-22 game in the early minutes of the third. Ridgeview would finally fight back and grab momentum, as Daniels, Faye Davis, and Jenna Albrecht combined for an 8-0 run that closed the gap to 33-30 after three quarters, holding Crescent Valley scoreless over the final 6:19 of the quarter.
A quiet night from Charlotte Patel became important for fourth quarter momentum, as her three-point play snapped a scoreless streak and extended Crescent Valley’s lead to 36-30. Bland added a layup that made it 38-30, then followed up with a trey to counter a Davis bucket, giving it a 41-32 score with 5:05 left in the game. Bentley and Bland would work for four more points, making it 45-32 as Crescent Valley avenged Ridgeview from volleyball to advance to the 5A state championship 51-34. Gabby Bland had 23 points to lead all scorers for Crescent Valley, Kyrah Daniels 12 points led Ridgeview.