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By Gerry Steele

For The Observer

BAKER CITY — Powder Valley used a strong second quarter to break away from Burnt River and went on to corral the Lady Bulls 62-34 in the opening round of the District 4-1A girls basketball tournament Wednesday at Baker High School.

The Badgers scored 17 unanswered points during a three-minute stretch in the second period to turn a 12-10 lead into a 29-10 cushion midway through the quarter.

"It seemed like we were at our end of the floor, either getting offensive rebounds or fast breaks, most of the quarter," said Powder coach Allen Bingham.

Bingham said the explosion was nice to see after a tentative start by the Badgers.

"We just tried to play more aggressive," he said. "We had some players step up and make some shots."

Powder Valley held a narrow 12-10 lead when the roof fell in on Burnt River.

Lacey Lyman got Powder's engine started with a long three-point basket. Bain scored eight points, and Shauna Nelson three to build the lead to 26-10 with 5:04 left in the half.

Hailee Bingham capped the run with another three-point bomb. Powder led 36-17 at halftime.

Bain finished the half with 15 points, and Hailee Bingham scored 10.

"I think we had some first-game jitters early, but in the second quarter we finally got rid of them and started running our offense," coach Bingham said.

Nelson picked up the scoring slack in the third quarter, chipping in six points as the Badgers built a lead of 53-29.

Bain finished with 22 points, Nelson 11 and Bingham 10. Kali Miller added 10 rebounds. Marianne Bradford led Burnt River with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Powder Valley advances to Friday's semifinals against Cove at 2:45 p.m.

Powder Valley 12 24 17 9 — 62

Burnt River girls 9 8 12 5 — 34

Powder Valley — Hailee Bingham 4 0-0 10, Mandy Wendt, Alisha Thompson 1 0-0 2, Shauna Nelson 3 5-9 11, Lacey Lyman 2 0-0 5, Kali Miller 1 3-5 5, Jenny Dayhoff 3 1-4 7, Joelle Bain 8 6-10 22, Amanda DeMarre, Sandra Rich, Kris Wendt. Totals 22 15-28 62.

Burnt River — Schnetz 1 1-2 3, Wilson 1 1-4 3, Sullivan 1 1-2 3, Abby Bradford 1 0-5 2, Marrianne Bradford 4 4-5 12, Tarra Andrews 1 0-0 3, Koontz, Derrick 2 2-2 6, Ruud, Torrie Andrews 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 9-20 34.

Three-point goals — Powder Valley 3 (Bingham 2, Lyman); Burnt River 1 (Tarra Andrews). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Powder Valley 16, Burnt River 20. Technicals — none.

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