COOS BAY — For the third time in four years, Dayton is the Class 3A girls state champion.
The Pirates beat top-ranked Salem Academy 35-26 in the championship game Saturday night.
Dayton built a 10-point third quarter lead, watched Salem Academy pull within two in the fourth and held on, getting a huge 3-pointer from Jaden Moore and free throws down the stretch.
Moore is part of a senior group along with Shawnie Spink, Kalina Rojas and Malina Ray that won titles their freshmen and sophomore years before losing in the final to Blanchet Catholic last winter.
They reversed that result Saturday. Rojas had a game-high 12 points and Moorea added 10. Spink was quiet most of the night but made four free throws down the stretch. And Ray hit Moore for a layup a few moments after her 3-pointer gave the Pirates a seven-point lead in the final two minutes.
Aimee Smith had nine points and Grace Brown eight for the Crusaders, who also were second to Dayton in 2015 before finishing third the past two seasons.
Spink and Rojas were unanimous all-tournament team selections and Smith and Sydney Brown also were on the first team. Grace Brown was on the second team.