- Associated Press - Saturday, March 15, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Leslie Robinson had 20 points and 18 rebounds and Corvallis earned its first state championship berth with a 48-28 win over Hermiston in the OSAA Class 5A girls basketball semifinals Friday night.

Robinson, the daughter of Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson, made 8 of 12 and blocked two shots in leading the Spartans.

Corvallis (22-4) plays Willamette, a 67-52 winner over Lebanon, in Saturday night’s championship game. The Wolverines are the defending 5A state champions.

Brooklyn Coe had 11 points for Corvallis, which held the Bulldogs to 16 percent shooting (7 of 43). The Spartans never trailed in the game.

McKenzie Byrd scored 11 points to lead Hermiston (20-6).

Corvallis limited Hermiston to three baskets during the first half as the Spartans established a 21-10 halftime lead. Robinson had a tip-in and a three-point play during a 7-0 Corvallis run to start the third period, increasing the lead to 28-10. Hermiston never got closer than 20 points during the fourth quarter.

Lexi Bando scored 20 points and Sami Osborne had 19 to lead Willamette (25-1), which will play in its third straight state championship game.

The Wolverines have won 22 consecutive games, all by double-digit margins.

Autumn Baumgartner added 16 points for Willamette. Bando, Osborne and Baumgartner combined to score 55 of Willamette’s 67 points.

Jenna Morch had 16 points and Maci Benedict 13 for Lebanon (21-6). The Warriors committed only eight turnovers, but shot 32 percent (18 of 56) from the field.

Willamette put Lebanon in a hole midway through the first quarter. Leading 8-5, Osborne and Bando scored five points each as the Wolverines finished the quarter on a 12-3 run.

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