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Vale girls basketball edges Riverdale for ticket to 3A state tournament

Vale’s Lexi Schaffeld looks to pass the ball during a state playoff game against Riverdale Saturday in Portland. 

PORTLAND – The Vale girls varsity basketball team etched a place in Viking lore Saturday with a 62-49 upset win over seventh-ranked Riverdale in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Gracee Jacobs poured in 20 points and Matyson Siddoway added 16 as the Vikings overpowered the 22-2 Mavericks. 

Vale (15-10) also got 13 points from Emersyn Johnson during the contest.

Now the Vikings travel nearly 500 miles to face Blanchet Catholic (22-4) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay for a quarterfinal game. 

Blanchet Catholic is ranked third by the Oregon School Activities Association. 

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