Redmond High defeated The Dalles 55-45 Feb. 23 to advance to the final of the Intermountain Conference tournament. Whether that game would be played is still in question.
The Panthers are now scheduled to face Pendleton Wednesday for the league’s regular season title, after the game was postponed from Tuesday after the Redmond School District canceled classes for the second day in a row, due to epic snowfall. But the new date us still in question because more snow was expected in both Redmond and Pendleton.
The league announced Tuesday afternoon that planned consolation games were canceled, meaning the IMC will select its third playoff teams based on OSAA RPI rankings. That means the Ridgeview girls will join Redmond and Pendleton in the playoffs, but the Redmond and Ridgeview boys are out.
Should the finals not be able to be played, the Redmond girls would be declared the champions on RPI, while Pendleton and Ridgeview would also qualify. Whether tournament finals are played or not, the Redmond girls will make the playoffs, since the top three teams qualify. Play-in games were eliminated before the school year.
A playoff spot for top-seed Redmond (5-1 IMC, 12-8 overall) is a complete turnaround for the senior core of McKaylie Capps, Ava Kitchin and Jordan Fox, who went 0-12 in IMC play as freshmen in 2015-16.
On the boys side, Hood River, Pendleton and The Dalles have qualified, leaving Redmond on the outside looking in, District Athletic Director Kevin Bryant said. Hood River defeated Redmond 68-58 in overtime in a Feb. 23 semifinal, sending the Panthers to the now-canceled consolation bracket.
Because of weather issues across the state, the OSAA pushed back its deadline for boys regular season games to be completed to Wednesday, the same day as the girls deadline, Bryant said. Girls playoff games are scheduled to start Saturday. Boys first-round playoff games had been scheduled for Friday, but Bryant said the OSAA is allowing those to be moved to Saturday.