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Oreon Courtney and West Albany High wrap up the regular season Tuesday night at home against West Salem. 

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The West Albany High boys and girls basketball teams close the regular season Tuesday night with a Greater Valley Conference home doubleheader against West Salem.

The girls game is scheduled for a 5:45 p.m. tipoff with the boys matchup to follow.

After putting together a five-game winning streak, the West Albany girls (12-11, 8-7) have dropped three of their last four entering Tuesday’s rematch with the Titans (9-14, 7-8). West Salem, which is hoping to snap a three-game skid, won the first meeting 64-60 on Jan. 12 in Salem.

Assuming South Salem (11-12, 9-6) takes care of business against winless McKay (0-23, 0-15), West Albany will not be able to earn one of the GVC’s four automatic berths to the 6A state playoffs. McMinnville (20-3, 13-2), Forest Grove (17-6, 13-2) and McNary (17-6, 11-4) have all clinched postseason bids.

West Albany is in good shape to receive an at-large berth.

On the boys side, the Bulldogs (11-12, 6-9) are looking to close the regular season with three consecutive wins. West Salem (16-7, 11-4) is coming off a 74-60 home loss to conference-leading McNary (18-5, 13-2).

The Bulldogs enter Tuesday alone in sixth, trailing McNary, Sprague (18-5, 12-3), West Salem, McMinnville (17-6, 9-6) and South Salem (13-9, 9-6) in the standings. A victory would clinch an at-large postseason bid for West Albany.

South boys set in second

The South Albany boys basketball team has already wrapped up the Mid-Willamette Conference’s No. 2 seed for the 5A state playoffs.

The sixth-ranked Rebels (17-5, 10-2) close the regular season with consecutive road games at Dallas (4-17, 3-9) on Tuesday and Corvallis (9-13, 5-7) on Friday. South needs to stay in the top eight of the OSAA power rankings to receive a home game for the state round of 16.

A season ago, the Rebels earned the No. 8 seed and outlasted No. 9 Putnam, 50-46, to reach the state tournament for the first time in program history.

Top-ranked Silverton (20-1, 12-0), which swept the season series with South, has clinched the MWC title while Central (15-7, 7-5), Crescent Valley (12-10, 7-5) and Corvallis (9-13, 5-7) will all be in the state play-in round. Dallas (4-17, 3-9), Woodburn (6-16, 2-10) and Lebanon (3-19, 2-10) are all alive for the final play-in round spot.

The girls race is tighter at the top with No. 3 Central (20-2, 11-1), No. 5 Silverton (17-5, 10-2) and No. 8 Crescent Valley (18-4, 9-3) leading the way. The Foxes host the Panthers Tuesday night.

No. 11 Lebanon (16-5, 7-5) has locked up a play-in round spot, and South Albany (7-15, 3-9) can do the same Tuesday with a victory over visiting Dallas (8-13, 2-10).

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3A, 2A round of 16 set

Small school state tournament bids will be on the line this weekend.

Making its first girls round-of-16 appearance since 1993, No. 14 Jefferson (17-9) has a road matchup with third-seeded Rainier (20-5) at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to the 3A state tournament and will face No. 11 Creswell or No. 6 Lakeview.

No. 16 Santiam Christian (10-12) will also be in action Friday night as it travels to top-seeded Salem Academy (23-2). Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the winner moving on to play No. 9 Amity or No. 8 Nyssa in the quarterfinals.

In the 2A playoffs, ninth-seeded Central Linn (18-8) will head east to play No. 8 Heppner (15-6) at 1 p.m. Saturday for a state tournament berth. The winner gets top-seeded Kennedy or No. 16 Vernonia to open the state tournament.

On the boys side, No. 3 Santiam Christian (20-5) is set to host 14th-seeded Salem Academy (14-12) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the 3A state round of 16. Awaiting the winner will be No. 11 Coquille or No. 6 Cascade Christian.

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