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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rommell, Ristvedt lead Cleveland's three-peat bid

January 20, 2014
Cleveland High School



This article is a repost of the 1/15/2014 Oregonlive.com article by Jerry Ulmer (julmer@oregonian.com) available at the following link:

http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/news/article/-2641905034787395897/emily-rommel-taylor-ristvedt-lead-clevelands-three-peat-bid-in-class-5a-pil/

 

Emily Rommel, Taylor Ristvedt lead Cleveland's three-peat bid in Class 5A PIL

Powered by the dominant front line of Emily Rommel and Taylor Ristvedt, Cleveland’s girls basketball team is gunning for its third consecutive title in the Class 5A Portland Interscholastic League.

Rommel, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, and Ristvedt, a 6-2 junior post, are putting up big numbers so far for the Warriors (3-9, 1-1), who returned four starters from a team that shared the league title with Wilson last season.

Rommel, the team’s leading scorer the last two seasons, is averaging 16.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots while shooting 55.4 percent from the field. She has expanded her shooting range this season, connecting on 5 of 10 attempts from three-point range.

“Emily has really stepped up this year as far as consistently putting up numbers and finding different ways to score,” coach Suzanne Washington said. “She gets double-teamed a lot. We have her on the outside a little bit more. The kind of offense we run, she can be inside or outside.”

Ristvedt is averaging 12.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. She is shooting 80 percent (20 of 25) on free throws.

“She’s a big rebounder,” Washington said. “As far as scoring, she’s getting more consistent every day. She’s got to get more consistent on making those little chip shots. And she’s got to pick up her defensive speed.”

Rommel, Ristvedt, senior guard Jule Holgate and senior wing Antonia Washington were starters last season, when Cleveland went 13-11, 10-2 in league but did not make the Class 5A playoffs because it finished 28th out of 39 teams in the OSAA power rankings.

The team’s 3-9 record “is a little deceiving,” coach Washington said, considered the Warriors have played good teams and lost three games by six points or fewer, including a 52-50 defeat to Wilson last week in a key league game.

Can Cleveland make the playoffs and make a run?

“I think we have the talent to do it,” coach Washington said. “If we can bring our intensity on defense and manage the ball on offense, then we have a chance. Sometimes we get kind of out of control. We’re just getting better at settling down.”


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