39 turnovers cost Cove championship
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
BAKER CITY The Cove Leopards could barely hold onto the ball. The Condon Blue Devils couldnt shoot straight.
Did anybody want to win the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 1A Girls Basketball State Championships title game Saturday night at Baker High School?
Condon eventually did win, pulling out a 42-37 nail-biter in overtime, but neither team played like the top two teams in the state. The Leopards had 39 turnovers, and the Blue Devils shot 23 percent.
That was one of the ugliest games weve played all year, Condon coach Teresa Humphrey said. We couldnt buy a basket.
Condon, which won its fifth title in six years, never led in regulation. Its first lead came six seconds into overtime on Jennifer Snyders layup that gave the Blue Devils a 35-33 lead.
Then Cove turned over the ball, and Condon held on to it.
Just be patient and take care of the ball, Humphrey told her players. Dont force any bad shots.
Three times Condon stretched the lead to four points. Twice Cove cut it to two, when Kathy Mann hit a jumper with 1:44 left and when Lisa Scheele made a layup with 48 seconds to play.
Down by two, Cove got a fresh chance when Condon threw the ball out of bounds with 23 seconds to play. owever, less than four seconds later, a traveling call gave the ball back to the Blue Devils.
Nicole Jamieson made three free throws in the final 17 seconds to ice the game.
I dont know what happened, Coves Kelcie Robinson said. We felt good and then I dont know what happened.
Cove had turned the ball over 34 times in two wins at the tournament, so the 39 turnovers in the championship game, Coves first since 1988, were uncharacteristic, more than one a minute.
The third quarter was the worst. Condon trailed 20-13 at halftime but rallied in the third because Cove could barely get the ball over the halfcourt line. Condons press had a lot to do with that, but many of the calls were for traveling, and many of the passes were too high or wide.
We just got tired, Scheele said. I dont think weve been in that type of game the whole season.
Scheele and Robinson were Coves spark plugs in the first quarter, which saw the Leopards go ahead 11-4. Scheele had two layups in a 6-0 lead. Robinson scored the other seven points, including a three-point play. Scheele then had Coves first six points of the second quarter.
Cove made turnovers at an alarming rate, however, and had Condon been shooting straight, the game would have gotten out of hand. Condon shot 17 percent in the first half to Coves 53 percent. A 3-pointer by Jamieson cut the lead to 15-13 with 2:29 to play before halftime, but Cove scored the final five points of the period.
Condon finally tied the game at 24-24 on a Jamieson layup with 41 seconds left in the third.
The third tie of the game, 30-30, came after Katee Humphrey made two free throws with 1:49 to play. Coves Amy Puckett missed and made a free throw with 27.6 seconds left for a one-point lead. Condon sent the game into overtime when Jennifer Snyder made then missed a free throw with 2.5 seconds on the clock.
Scheele finished with 13 points, while Robinson had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Mann also had 12 rebounds.
Jamieson led Condon with 18 points, while Jessica Snyder scored 15.
Cove girls 11 9 4 9 4 37
Condon 4 9 11 9 9 42
Cove Jes.Johnson, Scheele 6-12 1-2 13, Whittal 2-2 1-6 5, Mann 2-10 0-0 4, Robinson 3-6 4-7 10, Pereira, Jen.Johnson, Holland, Puckett 1-2 1-2 3, Mills 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 15-34 7-17 37.
Condon Nicholson 0-8 0-0 0, Winters 0-4 0-0 0, Jamieson 4-13 9-16 18, Jen.Snyder 0-13 1-3 1, Jes.Snyder 7-13 1-3 15, Kennedy 0-6 0-0 0, Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Humphrey 2-3 2-2 6, Farrar. Totals: 14-61 13-24 42.
Three-pointers Cove 0-6 (Scheele 0-2, Mann 0-3, Robinson 0-1), Condon 1-14 (Nicholson 0-5, Jamieson 1-3, Jen.Snyder 0-4, Kennedy 0-2). Fouled out Whittal. Total fouls Cove 22, Condon 17. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Cove 39, Condon 22. Rebounds Cove 40 (Mann 12, Robinson 12), Condon 38 (Jes.Snyder 8). Assists Cove 8 (Scheele 2, Mann 2), Condon 6 (Jen.Snyder 3).