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Marshfield hosts Stayton in girls playoffs

Feb. 27—Marshfield's girls basketball team will host Stayton Saturday for a spot in the Class 4A state tournament at Forest Grove.

The game will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday, between the third-place games and championship games in the Class 3A state tournament jointly hosted by the Pirates and North Bend. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students.

The Pirates earned the home game by virtue of winning the Sky-Em League and enter the playoffs on a six-game win streak.

That includes a 44-37 nonleague win over fifth-ranked Klamath Union last Friday night in a game played at a neutral site in Grants Pass for both teams to have a chance to stay sharp since they were not in the play-in round. Klamath Union will host Pendleton on Saturday.

"I still think our best basketball is ahead of us," Marshfield coach Doug Miles said. "Even in the win over KU, we didn't play our best and made a lot of mental mistakes.

"I know the kids think we can get (to the tournament)."

Tatum Montiel and Paige Macduff scored 10 points each and Gracie Peach added eight in Marshfield's win over Klamath Union.

The Pelicans entered the game 16-2 overall.

"It was a great tune-up game for us to get ready for a very tough Stayton team," Miles said.

Marshfield and Stayton played a game in December when the Pirates were in a slump, with the Eagles winning 41-17 on their home court during their annual holiday tournament.

"Stayton is very good," Miles said. "They are an impressive defensive team. We will need to figure out a way to score."

The Pirates enter the playoffs with a 15-10 record overall.

Stayton is 18-4 and riding a seven-game win streak. The Eagles finished in a three-way tie for first place with Philomath and Cascade in the Oregon West Conference, but were the third seed because they had the lowest power ranking of the group. Stayton beat The Dalles 40-27 in the Class 4A play-in round.

Even though Stayton was sixth and Marshfield 10th in the final power rankings for Class 4A, Marshfield is guaranteed a home game as champion of the Sky-Em League.

The winner of the Marshfield-Stayton game advances to the quarterfinals at Forest Grove, where they will play either Cottage Grove or top-ranked Astoria.