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Oregon (OSAA) 6A girls basketball playoffs: Bracket breakdown, top stories, matchups for 2024 postseason

South Medford vs. Sherwood looms as potential second-round showdown
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The 2024 OSAA Class 6A high school girls basketball playoff bracket has been finalized - and the storylines are endless.

South Medford (21-3) received the No. 1 overall seed based on the final OSAA rankings and will host No. 32 Central Catholic in the first round. Defending 6A state champion Clackamas (20-3) - which was ranked in SBLive's national girls basketball rankings earlier this season - received the No. 2 seed and will host No. 31 North Medford.

Clackamas beat South Medford in the 6A state championship last season, and the two teams tipped off the 2023-24 season with a matchup at Clackamas. Led by star class of 2025 guard Jazzy Davidson, the Cavaliers dominated, emerging with a 67-48 victory. Clackamas is unbeaten against Oregon teams this season, and two of the Cavaliers three losses have come to Top 5 teams in the country - No. 1 Archbishop Mitty and No. 3 Etiwanda.

The first round of the 6A girls playoffs is filled with intriguing matchups, including No. 17 Cleveland at No. 16 Sherwood. Cleveland will have to contend with 6-foot-4 Sherwood post Ava Heiden, who is one of the nation's top players in the class of 2024 and will play for the University of Iowa next season. Heiden has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, but appears to be in top form entering the playoffs. She has powered Sherwood (15-9) to nine consecutive victories.

If Heiden leads Sherwood past Cleveland, they will likely travel to South Medford to face the top-seeded Panthers in the second round. If that matchup comes to fruition it will be one of the toughest second-round matchups a top seed has ever faced. It's also Heiden's last chance to lead Sherwood to the 6A state tournament - a place they have never been. 

Ava Heiden Sherwood girls basketball

Sherwood girls basketball senior post Ava Heiden.

In other first-round matchups, No. 7 Tualatin hosts No. 26 Grant. The Timberwolves (19-4) won their second consecutive Three Rivers League championship and are looking for their third 6A state tournament berth in the last four years under head coach Wes Pappas.

No. 18 Beaverton will travel to No. 15 West Salem in a game featuring two state tournament qualifiers from last season. Beaverton (16-8) is in its first season under head coach John Naro, who led the revamped Beavers to a 10-2 Metro League record and a three-way tie for first place.

No. 8 Southridge (20-4) and No. 10 Jesuit (18-6) also had outstanding seasons in the Metro League, finishing with identical 10-2 records. Southridge, led by longtime head coach Mike Bergmann, was awarded the league's top seed based on tiebreakers and will host No. 25 Glencoe in the first round. If the Skyhawks win they will potentially host No. 9 West Linn (17-7) in the second round, which could be a great matchup. 

Another potential terrific second-round matchup to keep an eye on is Jesuit at Tualatin. Jesuit, with longtime head coach Jason Lowery at the helm, hosts No. 23 Sheldon in the first round. If the Crusaders and Timberwolves win their first-round games we'll be treated to a battle of two of the best posts in the state - Jesuit senior and Nevada signee Kendra Hicks vs. Tualatin junior Jordyn Smith. 

Hicks is coming off a 30-point, 31-rebound, 5-assist performance in Jesuit's 55-41 win over Beaverton on Friday. Smith is coming off an 18-point, 10-rebound, 4-steal showing in Tualatin's 62-26 league title clinching victory over Tigard.

Tualatin girls basketball junior Jordyn Smith (class of 2025)

Tualatin girls basketball junior post Jordyn Smith.

All 6A girls basketball first-round games are scheduled for Wednesday (February 28), and all second-round games are scheduled for Saturday (March 2). The final eight teams advance to the 6A state tournament at the University of Portland's Chiles Center on March 7.

Check out all the matchups and game times in the Class 6A bracket and stay with SBLive for full coverage of the Oregon girls basketball playoffs.


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