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Katie Mayhue and South Albany High will face Crater in the 5A state play-in round. 

The South Albany High girls basketball team is hoping to pull off another upset in Tuesday’s 5A state play-in round.

The Rebels (9-15), who knocked off Corvallis 44-42 Friday night, have a 6 p.m. rematch with Crater (19-5) in Central Point for a spot in the round of 16. The Comets won first meeting 60-32 in early December.

Crater finished third in the Midwestern League while South placed sixth in the Mid-Willamette Conference.

Lebanon (17-6) will also be in action Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. home game against North Eugene (8-16). The winner advances to the state round of 16.

The South Albany boys (19-5) finished second behind Silverton in the MWC standings and received a play-in round bye. The Rebels, seeded seventh in the final OSAA power rankings, will host a to-be-determined opponent Saturday for a 5A state tournament berth.

A season ago, South made it to the state quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

6A

The 26th-seeded West Albany girls (13-11) will play at No. 7 Benson (19-5) in Portland at 6 p.m. Tuesday to open the 6A state playoffs.

The winner moves on to face No. 11 McMinnville or No. 22 St. Mary’s in the second round.

Benson shared the Portland Interscholastic League title with Grant while West Albany finished fifth in the Greater Valley Conference standings. The Bulldogs received an at-large berth to the postseason.

In the boys bracket, No. 30 West Albany (12-13) is at third-seeded Southridge (21-3) in Beaverton on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Awaiting the winner will be No. 14 Central Catholic or No. 19 Roosevelt in the second round.

The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games, including a 65-57 victory over Newberg in Saturday’s play-in round. Southridge won the Metro League title.

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3A

No. 3 Santiam Christian (21-5) is set to open the 3A boys state tournament against sixth-seeded Cascade Christian (18-9) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday night in Coos Bay.

SC, which outlasted Salem Academy 72-61 in the round of 16, is at the state tournament for the second time in three years. The Challengers are making their second consecutive trip to Coos Bay.

The teams met back in December at the Southern Oregon Christmas Classic in Medford with SC earning a 52-48 win.

The Eagles and Challengers have gone head-to-head in several high-leverage situations this school year. Cascade Christian defeated SC 28-21 to win the state football title and overcame a two-set hole en route to a 3-2 victory in the state volleyball finals.

Thursday’s winner will receive a matchup with No. 10 Oregon Episcopal or No. 2 Dayton in the semifinals.

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