High School Sports

Moses Lake's Loera to take run with Oregon

MOSES LAKE -- As perhaps the top point guard in the Northwest, Jordan Loera is accustomed to making split-second decisions under heavy pressure for her Moses Lake basketball team.

But savvy veteran that she is, Loera was only too happy to get one decision out of the way.

The Chiefs' star point guard has committed to play her ball at the University of Oregon on a full-ride scholarship.

"Less stress on me," she said of making her decision before the season started. "I liked everything about Oregon -- the coaching staff, the players, the college atmosphere. It's a college town.

"And I really like their system."

The system -- put into place by coach Paul Westhead, renowned for his all-points, no-defense approach with the Loyola Marymount men and NBA's Denver Nuggets -- had the Ducks average 82.8 points a game last season (third in the nation) and score 90 or more points eight times.

"I'm excited about it," Loera said. "It's definitely different than what I've been used to. It'll be fun to play at a tempo like that."

Loera herself is used to scoring a lot of points -- 18 a game last season after 15.2 and 13.8 the previous two years.

The 5-foot-9 guard is a three-time all-area first-teamer and a starter since she put on a Moses Lake uniform.

Her decision came down to Oregon and Washington State, where former teammate Carly Noyes is a returning starter as a sophomore.

Loera made her commitment to the Ducks at the same time as fellow guards Lexi Petersen of Seattle Christian and Amanda Delgado from Henderson, Nev. The earliest they can sign a letter of intent is Nov. 10.

"I think I'll get a chance to play (right away)," Loera said. "I'll have to earn a spot, but I can do it I think."

Loera will also be a bit of a legacy with the Ducks. Her mother, Lori, also played basketball at Oregon in the early 1980's.

Before Loera arrived at Moses Lake, the Chiefs had never been to state. Since her freshman season -- coinciding with Noyes' junior year -- Moses Lake has claimed three state trophies, including a runner-up finish in 2008.

Now that she can check "college" off her list, Loera can concentrate on making it four consecutive state trips.

"I'm just getting ready for the season," she said. "Working out and working."