Philomath High’s Sage Kramer has already etched her name in the record books for her accomplishments with the Warriors’ girls basketball program. Just a couple of weeks ago, the team’s standout senior broke the state record for most field goals in a game (23) and the school record for most points in a game (51). And she’s only one of four players to shoot 100% from the floor with at least 10 attempts, something she accomplished as a sophomore.
On Friday night in a playoff-tuneup game against Class 5A Ridgeview, Kramer became just the second player in school history to score 2,000 career points. In a 61-54 loss to the playoff-bound Ravens, Kramer hit for 33 points and now has 2,004 over her four seasons.
“It’s impressive … and with a shortened junior season and no playoffs her sophomore year,” PHS coach Ben Silva said. “If you look at her points per game over her career (and project that out), she’s top five, top 10 for sure if she didn’t miss out on about 20 games. It is what it is, you can’t add those games in, but that’s the clip that she scored at and you know, that’s putting her in the top 10 for sure but probably top five all-time in Oregon history, which is impressive.”
Kramer is the 22nd player to eclipse 2,000 points. Triangle Lake’s Kiana Brown holds the state record with 2,894 points from 2011-14. Philomath’s Trisha Stevens is listed as the 4A record holder with 2,483 points from 1984-87.
Kramer is the second player this season to join the 2,000 club. Milwaukie’s Cali Denson in 5A accomplished the feat in a Jan. 26 win over St. Helens. The record book does not list the number of games that it took for players to reach those point totals, so it’s unknown exactly where she would rank for a per-game average.
Following the game, Silva presented Kramer with a special basketball to mark the occasion.
As far as the game goes, Philomath always wants to log a victory, of course, but the opponent did provide an opportunity for the Warriors to get in some work against a quality team.
“In a game like this, it’s a game that’s going to come down to the wire … to be able to compete and see how we handle situations, find things we can improve on,” Silva said. “We’re not going to make drastic shifts at this point of the season but there are little things that we can improve on.”
The Warriors have not had too many close games, so the experience was seen as a benefit with the challenges that lie ahead in the postseason.
“With the way the last couple of months have evolved, we rolled through most games,” Silva said. “So it’s nice to see — from a coach’s perspective and from a player’s perspective — that pressure and close-game, late-game situations.”
Philomath shot out to a four-point lead early on with senior Reagan Larson and junior Hailie Couture both hitting hoops after receiving pinpoint passes from Kramer. Kramer then scored herself with an assist to Larson for a 6-2 Warriors lead.
Kramer got whistled for two fouls in the first three minutes of the game, however, and had to go to the bench for the rest of the quarter. Ridgeview eventually took the lead and held a 31-24 advantage at the break with senior guard Jenna Albrecht finding a rhythm.
In the second half, Ridgeview built a double-digit lead and whenever Philomath started to threaten, the visitors would find answers to take back momentum. The Warriors made things interesting down the stretch, however, but getting to within four points of the lead.
The Ravens were up 55-43 with 5:55 remaining before Philomath went on an 8-0 run. Kramer hit four straight free throws and senior K Bacho hit a long two to make it 55-49 with 2:37 left. Thirty seconds later, Kramer came up with a steal and layup (the points that put her over 2,000) and Ridgeview’s lead was down to 55-51.
Philomath had chances but a turnover with 1:17 left and a reversed official’s call on an over-and-back at 1:03 killed the momentum. Kramer had one more 3-pointer in her with 9 seconds left, but Ridgeview hit its free throws over the final minute to account for the final margin.
“We missed some outside shots that we have been hitting — if we hit a couple of those and turn the ball over a few times less, then we’re in a great position to win a game against a good 5A team,” Silva said. “I mean that’s a good team … they won their league and I imagine they’ll be at Gill in a week (in the 5A tournament in Corvallis). They’re tough from what I’ve seen of teams at the 5A level.”
Ridgeview was able to accomplish something that no other team has this season — score more than 55 points against the Warrior defense.
“We don’t often see teams that have that many scorers,” Silva said. “But I think that’s good because it puts pressure on everybody. Everybody’s got to play their best defense. We’ll go watch a little film and hopefully see some places where we can improve.”
Kramer’s 33 points came on 11 field goals, which included six 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 on free throws.
Albrecht finished with 24, junior Kyrah Daniels had 14 and senior Faye Davis scored 10 for the Ravens (18-6).
Philomath (18-4) will now wait to see who it plays in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The Warriors will host the game on Saturday, March 5.