HILLSBORO — After losing two lopsided Cowapa League girls basketball regular season games earlier this year to the No. 2 ranked Banks Braves, the third time was almost a charm for the Seaside Seagulls. The sixth-ranked Seagulls led by double digits in the third quarter and had a golden opportunity to get what would’ve been their most impressive victory of the season, for a chance for the fourth-place trophy.
The Seagulls had a double-digit, third-quarter lead, but it slipped away in the fourth, along with their chance for a possible upset win. Banks outscored Seaside 26-11 in the fourth to pull out a 47-36 win in the OSAA basketball state tournament consolation contest Friday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
With the win, Banks (23-4) moved on to Saturday’s fourth-place trophy game versus the Brookings Harbor Bruins (22-5). The tough loss ended Seaside’s season somewhat prematurely, as the Seagulls (20-7) had hopes of continuing to play Saturday in the eight-team, three-day event and possibly accomplish their goal of winning their first trophy since 2014. It marked the third-consecutive year that Seaside participated in the prestigious state tournament.
Senior guard Whitney Westerholm (10 points, three assists) and junior guard Maddi Utti (11 pts.) led the Seagulls with double digit scoring. Utti earned the Moda Health Player of the Game award for Seaside for the second-straight game. Utti also won the Player-of-the-Game award in Seaside’s 44-31 quarterfinal loss to Mazama on Thursday.