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Pacific will play for the Class 1A boys championship Saturday night at Baker City after the Pirates beat Triad 54-35 in the semifinals Friday.

Pacific took control early, outscoring Triad 17-5 in the first quarter and eventually leading 45-20 through three quarters.

“Today was a really good testament to the improvement of our team, not only over the years, but from the beginning of this season,” Pacific coach Ben Stallard said. “Our earlier game with Triad was close. Today was not.”

John Morrill-Keeler had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Jack Lehnherr added 12 points and Colton Morrill-Keeler had 10.

“These boys are hungry and it’s hard to single them out because they play so well as a team,” Stallard said. “Justin Hall has carried us offensively early in the games. And all three of our bigs (the Morrill-Keeler brothers and Lehnherr) are unselfish and playing really well.

“Our half-court defense has been superb.”

Stallard credited Josh Engdahl with strong defense on Triad’s talented point guard and added that Steven White, the fifth starter, does many things well for Pacific.

Hall kept the Pirates close during the first half of Thursday’s 69-53 quarterfinal win over Hosanna Christian, scoring most of his 14 points early. John Morrill-Keeler came on to finish with 19 points and Lehnherr also had 14, with both Morrill-Keeler and Lehnherr grabbing 13 boards. White had a pair of 3-pointers and 10 points Thursday.

Pacific faces Prairie City in the final after the No. 7 seeds knocked off No. 2 Sherman 68-53 on Thursday and Jordan Valley 61-53 on Friday.

“Prairie City has been playing really well,” Stallard said. “They have the best all-around point guard in the state."

Class 2A girls

Oakland 54, Gold Beach 30: The Panthers were eliminated from the state tournament by the Oakers on Friday.

Paris Newdall had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers and Kayleanna Ridens grabbed nine boards as the two seniors finished their careers.

Hadley Brooksey had 24 points for Oakland, which plays Grant Union in the fourth-place game Saturday.

Monroe pounded Gold Beach 74-31 in the quarterfinals.

Brianna Seuser-Smith had 11 points in the loss and Ridens had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Monroe got 21 points for Peyton Greene, while sisters Kailey and Kyndal Martin, cousins of Coquille’s McKenna Wilson, added 14 each.

Monroe faces Kennedy in the championship game Saturday.

The boys final includes Western Mennonite and Columbia Christian. Western Mennonite, the top-ranked team, handed Pacific one of its two losses this year (the other came against a Cascade Christian team playing for fourth in the Class 3A state tournament Saturday).