BADGERS TAKE RUNNER-UP TROPHY
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
BAKER CITY The No. 2 Powder Valley girls basketball team soared to great heights this season.
The Badgers (23-4) were the Old Oregon League champions and had an 11-game win streak heading into Saturday's Class 1A state championship against Crane.
But, No. 3-ranked Crane staved off a rally by the Badgers in the fourth quarter to win 45-33.
"It's great," Crane coach Stub Travis said. "It's the first state championship ever (for Crane)."
It was the boarding school's first state title in any sport.
"Crane came out and got the job done and we didn't," Powder Valley coach Allen Bingham said.
It was the fourth meeting between the league rivals, and they split two-to-two. The Badgers beat Crane for the district championship 42-28.
The Badgers and Mustangs split games during league. Powder Valley beat Crane 31-30 Jan. 2, while the Mustangs beat the Badgers 37-34 Jan. 24.
In the state final, the Badgers faced a 32-17 deficit entering the fourth quarter. Joelle Bain's putback capped a 10-2 Badger run, cutting the Mustang lead to 34-27 with a little over four minutes left.
The Mustangs struggled with their shooting in the second half, but they sealed the game from the free-throw line on 9-for-10 shooting in the fourth quarter.
Crane's defense shut down the Badgers in the first half.
"They played outstanding defense tonight," Travis said. "It was pretty hard for Powder to come back."
The Badgers scored zero points in the first quarter. They had six points at halftime.
The Mustangs' zone and full court pressure disrupted the Badgers offensively.
Lacey Lyman scored the first Badger points off a lay-up about two minutes into the second quarter. Shauna Nelson's pull-up jumper cut the deficit to 6-4.
It would be the closest the Badgers would get the entire game.
Crane's Dusty Oelke stole the Badger inbound pass off the press leading to Amanda Anderson's lay-up. The Mustangs led 11-4.
The Badgers were in the penalty with 3:46 left in the second quarter. Lyman, Nelson and Bain picked up their third fouls in the second quarter.
The Mustangs closed the second quarter with two field goals and 8-for-12 free-throw shooting to lead 23-6 at halftime.
Bingham said the Badgers' shots would not drop. They were 3-for-24 (12.5 percent) from the field in the first half.
"We made a run," Bingham said. "It was too much to overcome."
Bingham told the Badgers afterward he was proud of them, and that many people came up to him to compliment the team.
"They told me how this was an awesome group of girls and they have given us a lot of entertainment," he said.
"The kids played outstanding," Travis said. "I tell you North Powder is a really good ball team."
The Badgers were second at state in 1981. They lose Bain, Nelson, Lyman, Heather Tittle and Sabrina Rich to graduation.
Bain led the Badgers with 14 points including 8-for-8 from the line. She was 42-for-46 on free throws in her final six games (91 percent).
Bain had eight rebounds, one block and two steals. Lyman and Kali Miller had six points each. Miller pulled down nine rebounds and Lyman had four steals.
Nelson had two points and two steals. Hailee Bingham had five points and three steals.
Hailee Bingham and Nelson were named to the all-tournament second team. Bain was on the first team.
Katrina Pelroy paced the Mustangs with 14 points and nine rebounds. Pelroy was on the all-tournament second team, while Amanda Anderson made first team.
Anderson had eight points and four steals.
Crane 45, Powder Valley 33
Powder Valley girls 0 6 11 16 33
Crane 6 17 9 13 45
Powder Valley Joelle Bain 3-12 8-8 14, Kali Miller 3-13 0-2 6, Lacey Lyman 2-8 2-2 6, Hailee Bingham 2-10 0-2 5, Shauna Nelson 1-7 0-0 2, Alisha Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Sabrina Rich 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 11-52 10-14 33.
Crane Katrina Pelroy 3-10 8-9 14, Laura Nichols 2-2 5-6 9, Amanda Anderson 2-6 4-4 8, Danyelle Oelke 3-9 1-2 7, Heather Volle 1-6 1-2 3, Kyla Potter 0-1 2-2 2, Dusty Oelke 0-1 2-7 2. Totals: 11-35 23-32 45.
Three-pointers Powder Valley 1-16 (Hailee Bingham 1-7, Lacey Lyman 0-4, Shauna Nelson 0-2, Joelle Bain 0-3); Crane 0-3 (Katrina Pelroy 0-1, Heather Volle 0-2). Fouled out Powder Valley, Lacey Lyman, Joelle Bain, Crane, none. Rebounds Powder Valley 35 (Kali Miller 9), Crane 36 (Dusty Oelke 11). Assists Powder Valley 2 (Hailee Bingham 1; Joelle Bain 1), Crane 6 (Amanda Anderson 3). Total fouls Powder Valley 23, Crane 17. Technical fouls Powder Valley team.