UPSET: Lincoln takes down Southridge to advance to the semis
It wasn't pretty, and it was sometimes cringe-worthy, but the Lincoln Cardinals survived and advanced Thursday night in the OSAA State tournament, knocking off a feisty Southridge squad, 39-36.
Despite a porous offensive showing, the Cardinals -- who held the Skyhawks to just 1-20 shooting from three-point range -- made just enough plays late, knocked down just enough free throws, and forced just enough errors from Southridge to secure their spot in the semifinals, where they will face conference rivals, Grant.
Bryce Sloan, who scored 23 points for the Cardinals, knocked down 1 of 2 free throws in the waning seconds, then stole the subsequent inbounds pass, running out the clock on a game in which the two teams combined to shoot 27% from the field, and just 6-47 from three-point range.
Sloan was the only member of the Cardinals team to reach double-figures.
With the loss, Southridge will play West Salem on Friday.