Corvallis — With both teams coming off heartbreaking defeats in the 5A semifinals on Friday, the Putnam Kingsmen and Ridgeview Ravens entered Saturday’s 3rd/5th place game at Gill Coliseum looking to finish their seasons strong. The Ravens were defeated by Crescent Valley 51-34, while the Kingsmen lost to Springfield 41-34 in the other semifinal. For Putnam, a victory in the game would’ve gave them their best finish in school history, but the forces of high school basketball would not be in their favor on Saturday in Corvallis.
The first couple of minutes were controlled by Putnam, who got going behind the work of Emma Mcdonald, Riley Greenleaf, and Maddie Olma, taking an early 6-2 lead over Ridgeview. Mcdonald would hit a trey that extended the Putnam lead to 9-3 over the Ravens with 5:33 left in the first, but Ridgeview would fire up a 6-0 run from Kyrah Daniels and Faye Davis to tie the game at nine with 3:46 left. After trading punches, Ridgeview closed the quarter on a 7-0 run from Daniels and Jenna Albrecht to lead 18-11 after the first against Putnam. Daniels hit another layup at the start of the second to make it 20-11 Ravens, but the Kingsmen would find their rhythm afterwards, ripping off a 10-0 to seize the lead 21-20 from Ridgeview with 3:52 left in the half.
With Putnam rolling along on the Ravens, Jenna Albrecht finally nipped the bud on the Kingsmen with a trey that retook the lead 23-21 for Ridgeview. In the final minutes of the half, Kayla Kasubuchi and Olma would work together to outscore the Daniels train from Ridgeview, giving Putnam a 27-25 lead at the half over the Ravens. Riley Greenleaf and Daniels would trade punches at the start of the third quarter, delivering a 31-28 score in favor of Putnam in the first two minutes. Rylee Lemen added a layup that extended the lead to 33-28, but Daniels and Lauren Harding hit back with a pair of buckets to cut it down to 33-32 Putnam. Greenleaf and Lemen would hit a couple more shots, but Daniels carried Ridgeview to a 41-35 lead after three quarters at Gill Coliseum.
The Kingsmen wouldn’t lay down and be defeated, as Mcdonald, Lemen, and Greenleaf went for a 6-0 stretch to tie the game at 41 apiece with 6:10 left in the game. However, it would be Ridgeview that would hit their stride in the fourth quarter, as Albrecht, Brooklyn Homan, and Daniels combined for a 9-0 run that made it 50-41 Ridgeview with 3:33 remaining. Putnam would try their hardest to get back into it, but their cold shooting and late game turnovers cost them as Ridgeview took 3rd Place at the 5A Tournament with a 58-43 win over Putnam. Kyrah Daniels carried the load with 31 points for Ridgeview, while Rylee Lemen and Riley Greenleaf had 13 points and 12 points each.