BMC: Bobcats bring home tourney title
HERMISTON — Goals do make great things happen. The Union girls basketball team proved Saturday when they won the district championships in one final grudge match against its only undefeated opponent, Pilot Rock, in double overtime.
After weeks of practice and work, the Bobcats finally met their goal on the fourth try. This is the one that mattered.
“I think everyone was a little nervous,” Kortnee Marriott said, when asked what it felt like to play them yet again.
The first time the two teams played, Union lost in a non-league matchup 54-47. The next two games were both league games and Union lost them both 56-49 and 71-62 respectively.
This time, the lady Bobcats would have none of that.
“It is always our goal to jump and get the lead and never look back,” head coach Rhondie Johansen said.
According to Johansen, in the first quarter, Pilot Rock was ahead with seven points on the board when she called a timeout.
“We had lots of anxiety and adrenaline going into the game,” Johansen said. “I told them to relax, to settle in and take a deep breath and play basketball.”
And they started to, ending the quarter only one point behind, 11-10.
Neither team could gain a significant lead in the second and third quarters or into the fourth quarter.
With the game tied in the last seconds of the fourth, Union put up a shot at the buzzer that didn’t go in, sending the teams into the first overtime.
At the end of the first overtime, Pilot Rock’s Caitlin Zyph shot a basket at the buzzer to tie the score yet again and sending the teams into the second overtime of the game.
The second overtime ended with Union’s victory.
“I am truly impressed with the confidence my team played with,” Johansen said.
Union’s player of the year, Keesha Sarman, ended the night with a game-high 32 points — Sarman has made a total of 69 points in the last two games. Also for Union, freshman Delanie Kohr scored nine points and sophomore Elly Wells finished with eight.
For Pilot Rock, both Zyph and Madison Dave ended the night with 15 points apiece. Britteny Taylor scored 11.
After the game, Union’s excitement and energy has never been higher.
“It was a great feeling to beat them, since they had already beat us three times and was a big confidence boost for our team,” Kohr said. “They’re a really great team and it was a great accomplishment for us.”
For their next game, the Bobcats will be at home for a game against Oakland at a time yet to be determined.
Huskies bounced by Weston-MCEwen
HERMISTON — Elgin lost to Weston-McEwen 39-21 in a do-or-die district playoff game Saturday.
“It was a very, very flat game for us,” said head coach Mike Slater. “[This game] didn’t end the season how I wanted it too.”
Elgin played and beat Enterprise 38-29 at 6 p.m. Friday. Then, turned around and played Weston-McEwen at 9 a.m the next morning.
Despite the loss, Slater felt the team did a good job on defense and prevented the TigerScots from making more than one 3-pointer all game — something Elgin has struggled with when playing them previously.
“We thought we could keep their score down,” Slater said.
For the Huskies, Stormy Silver finished the night with six points. Jordyn Anderson scored five and Miah Slater finished with four.
The TigerScots’ Molly von Borstel scored a game-high 16 points. Madison Carlin added 10 points and Taryn Coffman ended with six.
Elgin is now done for the season, but Slater has high hopes for next year.
“I get all my starters back next year,” Slater said. “And making it to the district tournament this year and winning the first game. It’s all really important.”