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Home arrow Opinion arrow ANOTHER MC-VICTORY FOR PANTHERS

ANOTHER MC-VICTORY FOR PANTHERS

IMBLER – The Alexandre Dumas quote that hangs in the Imbler boys locker room, "All for one, and one for all," gets a tad more prophetic with each Panther victory.

Saturday's 68-60 victory over Joseph was the latest example.

Led by John McKinnis' 30 points and 11 rebounds and Tanner McIntosh's 19 points and eight assists, top-ranked and undefeated Imbler won a hard fought game against no. 4 Joseph in front of a standing room only crowd at the Big Gym.

Imbler is now 3-0 against Joseph this season.

"Joseph did a good job getting ready for us," Imbler head coach Ken Kramer said. "They're a well coached team and I expect to see them at districts. They lost two of their starters tonight and I thought we'd pull away but the kids on their bench really stepped up."

Joseph played without starters Tristen Patton and top scorer Derek Layton for most of the game.

Patton busted open his chin early in the first quarter and did not return.

Layton picked up four fouls in the first half in a little over six minutes of action and fouled out with seven-and-a-half minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Still, Joseph trailed by just four at halftime, 36-32, thanks to the tough inside play of Joe Dawson and a hot-shooting Kyle Hook.

"Imbler is a great team," said Dawson, who finished with 17 points. "It hurt us to lose Derek and Tristen but we played with what we had and played strong. Hopefully we'll get to play (Imbler) again."

Hook finished with 22 points, hitting five three-pointers.

Tied at 55 with seven minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, back-to-back baskets by McIntosh and then a McKinnis putback pushed the Panther lead to 61-55 before Imbler, now 12-0 in Old Oregon League play and 21-0 overall, closed out the win.

"Usually I try to just get into the big guys on the other team," the 6-foot-5 McKinnis said. "With Tanner and Cody (Campbell) passing like they do I know if I get open they'll get me the ball. It's good to know they're on my side."

Imbler travels to Adrian Friday and hosts Wallowa Saturday as they try to complete the regular season undefeated.

"Our biggest thing is we have goals, as a team," McIntosh said. "And all that matters to us is accomplishing those goals."

Joseph (10-2 OOL, 15-6) plays at Wallowa Friday.

JOSEPH (60)

Bailey 0 0-2 0, Dawson 8 1-2 17, Patton 1 1-2 3, Layton 2 4-4 8, Hook 8 1-2 22, Ju. Bird 0 1-2 2 1, Je. Bird 2 1-1 5, Coppin 1 1-1 3. Totals 22 10-16 60.

IMBLER (68)

Fulfer 0 2-2 2, O'Donald 4 0-0 9, McKinnis 14 2-2 30, McIntosh 7 5-5 19, Campbell 1 1-1 3, Nilsson 0 0-4 0, Cline 2 0-0 5. Totals 28 10-14 68.

Joseph 16 16 21 7 – 60

Imbler 16 20 19 13 – 68

3-point goals: Joseph 5; Imbler 1. Total fouls: Joseph 16; Imbler 17. Fouled out: Layton.

VanNice scores 26 in defeat

COVE – After getting off the a quick start against Pine Eagle Saturday, Cove lost its collective legs late in the game and dropped a 66-56 Old Oregon League boys decision.

"They put out so much the night before," Cove interim head coach Jeff Clark said, "I asked my seniors to play a lot of minutes. They gave it all they had."

Cove (4-8 OOL, 5-8 overall) jumped to a 7-0 lead and was ahead 18-10 after one period. The Leopards led by four with a period to play, but Pine Eagle sank 12 of 17 free throws in the final quarter to rally for the win.

Thomas VanNice paced Cove with 26 points.

The Leopards play Friday at Jordan Valley and host Adrian Saturday.

PINE EAGLE (66)

Baxter 3 5-7 12, Z. Roberts 0 1-2 1, Kennedy 8 2-2 22, C. Marks 5 9-14 19, Haney 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 0-1 4, P. Roberts 1 0-0 2, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Gonzales 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 17-26 66.

COVE (56)

Komperda 0 0-0 0, S. Louden 1 1-4 3, Marshall 0 0-0 0, Hagey 5 0-0 10, Hirte 0 0-0 0, Locken 4 0-0 9, J. Louden 1 0-0 2, Mills 3 0-0 6, VanNice 11 4-11 26. Totals 25 5-15 56.

Pine Eagle 10 19 12 25 – 66

Cove 18 11 16 11 – 56

Total fouls: Pine Eagle 11, Cove 21. Fouled out: Marshall.

Cove girls lose to Pine Eagle

COVE – Cove stayed with second-ranked Pine Eagle throughout the first half of Saturday's Old Oregon League girls game, but fell to the Spartans, 54-42.

Pine Eagle (12-0 OOL, 21-0) led 28-25 at halftime, then used an 11-0 run to start the second half to push the lead to 14.

A 3-pointer by Molly Coffee pushed the Spartan lead to 46-29 in the final minute of the third period.

Keyed by the defensive play of Julia Scheele, Cove (6-6, 8-8) closed the gap in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer than the final 12-point difference.

"It was a great team effort," Cove head coach Candy McGilvray said. "Pine Eagle is a great offensive team and we played right with them."

Lila Forte led Pine Eagle with 17 points, and Coffee added 15.

Christina McGilvray paced Cove with 18 points.

Coach McGilvray indicated that the Leopards need wins at Jordan Valley Friday and at home against Adrian Saturday to be assured of a spot in the Old Oregon League playoffs.

Cove is in fourth place in the OOL, a game ahead of Joseph and two in front of Imbler.

PINE EAGLE (54)

Coffee 6 0-0 15, Forte 6 5-6 17, Harrington 0 0-0 0, Morrison 3 2-3 9, Olson 1 0-0 2, Baxter 1 0-0 3, Gulick 0 1-2 1, Shevham 1 5-9 7, Bishop 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-20 54.

COVE (42)

Mann 1 0-0 3, Altenburg 0 0-0 0, Scheele 2 3-4 7, Reynolds 2 0-0 6, Shrago 0 0-0 0, Holland 0 0-0 0, Cain 0 0-0 0, Keagle 0 0-0 0, Mills 4 0-0 8, McGilvray 8 2-2 18, Puckett 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-6 42.

Pine Eagle 15 13 18 8 – 54

Cove 12 13 4 13 – 42

3-point goals: Coffee 3, Morrison, Baxter; Mann, Reynolds 2. Total fouls: Pine Eagle 13, Cove 15.

Dozier caps big weekend in win

WALLOWA – The Powder Valley girls received solid all-around performances from several players in a 46-18 victory over Wallowa Saturday.

Ashley Dozier led the Badgers in scoring with 13 points, and added six rebounds and four steals.

"Ashley had a pretty solid game Friday, too," Powder Valley head coach Alan Bingham said. "Jennifer Kasper also came in and did a really nice job, she was really aggresive."

Wallowa (1-11 Old Oregon League, 2-15 overall) hosts Joseph Friday.

Powder Valley (11-1 OOL, 16-3 overall) hosts Pine Eagle Friday in a battle of the top two teams in the OOL.

POWDER VALLEY (46)

Dozier 6 1-2 13, Bingham 1 1-2 4, T. Wendt 0 0-0 0, Thompson 4 0-0 8, Kasper 1 3-7 5, Miller 1 7-10 9, Miguez 0 0-2 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, K. Wendt 3 1-3 7. Totals 16 13-26 46.

WALLOWA (18)

Spaur 0 0-2 0, M. Turner 1 0-0 2, Pringle 0 0-0 0, C. Turner 2 0-0 4, Mayton 2 0-0 4, Soares 0 0-0 0, Isley 2 0-2 4, Frei 2 0-0 4, Haga 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 0-4 18.

Powder Valley 15 9 12 10 – 46

Wallowa 4 0 10 4 – 18

3-point goals: Powder Valley, Bingham. Total fouls: Powder Valley 8; Wallowa 16.

Powder Valley boys sink Wallowa

WALLOWA – Justus Gray and Bryson Allen combined for 37 points and the two went 11-for-11 from the free throw line to lead Powder Valley to a 61-41 road victory over Wallowa.

"They can really shoot, and we shot the ball poorly this weekend," Wallowa head coach Gerry McLain said. "We've been missing lay-ups. It's nuts."

Wallowa has shot 24 percent from the field in their last two games, both losses.

Wallowa (6-6 Old Oregon League, 8-11 overall) hosts Joseph Friday and plays at Imbler Saturday.

Powder Valley (6-6 OOL, 9-10) hosts Pine Eagle Friday.

POWDER VALLEY (61)

Forman 0 0-0 0, Justus Gray 4 7-7 16, Hopson 0 0-0 0, Bryson Allen 7 4-4 21, Weems 0 3-5 3, Brown 5 1-3 11, Perkins 4 0-3 8, Moore 1 0-0 2, Nelson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 15-22 61.

WALLOWA (41)

Harshfield 5 3-5 17, Byers 0 0-0 0, Survis 0 0-0 0, McCulloch 1 0-0 3, Evans 2 1-2 5, Delatorre 1 2-3 5, Green 1 1-2 3, Oveson 2 0-0 4, Devore 0 0-0 0, Long 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 7-12 41.

Powder Valley 17 8 18 18 – 61

Wallowa 6 7 13 15 – 41

3-point goals: Powder Valley 4; Wallowa 6. Total fouls: Powder Valley 8; Wallowa 22. Technical foul: Green.

Sister act propels Imbler to win

IMBLER – The Imbler girls used a 16-2 run to start the game and the potent backcourt of sisters Mandy and Katie Griffin to stop Joseph, 52-46 Saturday.

Mandy Griffin finished with 20 points and Katie Griffin had 17.

"Katie and I work really well together, I enjoy playing with her," Mandy Griffin said. "But we've got a senior, Sarah Hill, who did an awesome job in the post."

Brooke Moncrief led Joseph in scoring with 11 points.

"The big run to start the game killed us," Joseph head coach Dan Butterfield said. "We just couldn't climb out. This was really a must win for us tonight and we were a little tentative.

"Brooke did a really good job but the Griffin sisters took us apart. This is about girls learning to play pressure hoops.

Imbler (4-8 Old Oregon League, 7-14 overall) travels to Adrian Friday.

Joseph (5-7 OOL, 8-13) plays at Wallowa Friday.

JOSEPH (46)

Parker 3 1-2 7, Butterfield 1 4-6 6, Williams 1 1-2 3, Warmbrodt 2 6-8 10, Moncrief 3 4-6 11, Isaak 1 0-0 2, Layton 2 0-0 4, Yost 0 0-2 0, Patton 1 0-0 3. Totals 14 16-26 46.

IMBLER (52)

M. Griffin 7 6-9 20, Westover 0 2-2 2, K. Griffin 6 4-5 17, Bartell 1 0-2 2, Hill 2 2-3 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Bigej 1 0-0 2, Lovins 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-21 52.

Joseph 8 12 11 5 – 46

Imbler 16 12 12 12 – 52

3-point goals: Joseph, 1; Imbler 2. Total fouls: Joseph 20; Imbler 17. Fouled out: Williams, Moncrief.

– Tony Adame & Joe Sova

 
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