Canby Cougar Basketball Teams End Seasons with Brief Postseason Runs

The 2020 legislative session isn’t the only thing that’s over. The seasons ended for both the boys and girls basketball teams this past week, as their postseason runs came to a close.

The Canby girls kicked things off Tuesday night at home, against No. 20-ranked Jesuit, and the Cougars took care of business, dispatching the Crusaders 43-36 to stave off a first round upset. The win set up a show-down with one of the best teams in the state, the fourth-seeded Liberty High School.

And though our ladies battled hard, pulling as close as within six with two and a half minutes to go, the Cougs ultimately fell 42-52.

The boys were in a tougher Three Rivers League this year, and without key starter Big Ben Bailey for much of the season, wound up with lower seeding, and ranked 28th overall.

They played fifth-ranked Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs, and kept things close, also drawing within 6 late in the fourth quarter, before the Rams pulled away to win, 68-49. It was the boys’ first postseason action since 2016.

The girls will graduate standout senior Nicole Mickelson, who was selected to the Three Rivers League Girls Basketball All-League First Team. But they’ll bring back league second teamer Zoe Thompson, who was a junior this year.

The boys, on the other hand, will return much of their core next year, including 1st team All Three Rivers League junior Diego Arredondo and Honorable Mention sophomore Alex Evans.

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