NORTH BEND — It was mostly a night of familiarity at North Bend High School.
Participating in the 3-point contest, which functioned as a de facto opening ceremonies for this week’s Class 3A state tournament, many shooters had already been there, done that. So was the case for Tori Johnson and Kira La Sage, who earned Portland Adventist Academy its second shootout title in three years on the girls side, and Devin McShane, who helped win the contest for Amity's boys with Dylan Stearns.
“We came in second or third (two years ago),” McShane said. “We knew we wanted to come back and win it this year.”
The contest was broken down by team, with each team having shooters at both baskets with their own rebounds. Contestants had a minute to hit as many shots from behind the 3-point line as possible.
McShane caused of bit of a stir when he took the floor for the final boys session in open-toed sandals. He smiled when asked about them, suggesting he gets that question a lot.
McShane hit 16 — tying Cascade Christian’s Tyler Cochran for the most made by any player, boy or girl.
“Sometimes I’m on, sometimes I’m off, so I just figured this was a good excuse if I was having a bad day, I could just say I was shooting in sandals,” McShane joked.
Amity needed McShane’s unexpectedly comedic performance. Salem Academy’s Rylan Stanback and Gabe Cuanos combined for 27 immediately after Cochran and Joel McLemore hit 25.
The Amity students, shooting last, knew they had their work cut out to get to 26. Shooting from the top of the key, both caught fire early and sustained the effort. Stearns admitted so some nerves, but said they vanished after his first shot. McShane reveled in the moment.
“I kinda like the pressure,” McShane said. “I like seeing all the people. I like giving a show. It was fun for me.”
In its first state tournament appearance, Lakeview's girls started with an impressive showing of 19. Alex Conley and Macey Hargis combined on the effort and led until the Portland Adventist Academy duo of Johnson and La Sage hit 20.
Right after the Cougars pair made the winning total, Rainier made 19 when Desiree Hansen and Emily Sanchez had a good showing. Hansen, who had the most makes of any girl with 12, was knocked out of rhythm briefly when a rogue rebound forced her to catch it, lest it hit her in the face. It was the final time Portland Adventist’s total was challenged.
Tori Renard and Darian Wilson of Coquille suffered a dry spell for the first 15 seconds or so of their session and finished with 11.
Renard said she was fine with that, remembering that last year she never made a 3-pointer during the tournament. Her partner in the contest, Makala Edgar, only made one and the Red Devils were just 6-for-52 as a team from long range.
Neither winning pair Wednesday saw the win as a detrimental.
“I feel like it gives us good practice, actually, just to work on your form and actually feeling the pressure helps too,” La Sage said. “Like, if it’s a big game or anything you just gotta keep going strong.”
3-Point Contest Results
Results include team total and total for each player
1. Amity, 29 (Devin McShane 16, Dylan Stearns 13)
2. Salem Academy, 27 (Rylan Stamback 14, Gabe Cuanas 13)
3. Cascade Christian, 25 (Tyler Cochran 16, Joel McLemore 9)
4. De La Salle North Catholic, 24 (Jordanos Lincoln 13, Marquis Guntle 11)
5. Horizon Christian, 20 (Travis Schiele 12, Cody Wyatt 8)
6. Harrisburg, 16 (Logan Oakerman 10, Alonzo Ranch 6)
7. Dayton, 11 (Payton Garrison 9, Jacob Morales 2)
8. Blanchet Catholic, 7 (Annesh Namburi 4, Dru Spear 3)
1. Portland Adventist Academy, 20 (Tori Johnson 10, Kira LaSage 10)
2. Lakeview, 19 (Macey Hargis 11, Alex Conley 8)
2. Rainier, 19 (Desirae Hansen 12, Emily Sanchez 7)
4. Blanchet Catholic, 17 (Sophia Poole 11, Bailey Hittner 6)
5. Dayton, 15 (Jaden Moore 8, Kalina Rojas 7)
6. Salem Academy, 14 (Chloe Campbell 9, Emma Gould 5)
6. Nyssa, 14 (Brittney Arredondo 7, Alexia Arredondo 7)
8. Coquille, 11 (Darian Wilson 7, Tori Renard 4)