Photo courtesy Julie Ellis.
The Pioneers’ 1987 and 1988 teams were outstanding, but both lost in the state final by two points in 1987 to South Eugene and in 1988 to Tigard. Still the 1988 squad (25-1), led by Karen Alcom (Utah), put Oregon girls basketball on the map, moving as high as No. 2 in the national rankings by beating USA Today No. 1 Nashua (N.H.) 65-63 and two other national powers in Pius XI (Wis.) and Lynwood (Calif).