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The Union girls basketball team celebrates a 57-56 win Tuesday night. The Bobcats improved to 10-2 in conference play with the win. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
UNION — Weston-McEwen got the look it needed at the end of the game, but Ammarae Broncheau’s baseline jumper came up short at the buzzer, giving Union a win Tuesday.
The Bobcats girls basketball team pulled out a 57-56 win against Weston-McEwen in a battle for second place in the Blue Mountain Conference. Both teams entered the game with nine conference wins, trailing Pilot Rock by two games for first.
Elly Wells provided the game-winning basket with 8.6 seconds left in the game. Keesha Sarman drove to the basket, but her shot was off the mark Wells grabbed the weak-side rebound and falling away from the basket made the shot.
The Tiger-Scots had two chances at the end. Danielle Dearing’s shot went off the rim and out-of-bounds off a Union player giving Weston-McEwen one final chance — the Broncheau miss.
Broncheau hit a jumper from the elbow to give her team a 56-55 lead before Wells came through with the game winner.
Union came out the of the gate shooting 7-of-13 in the first quarter, led by Sarman with six points, grabbing a 17-11 lead. But, the Tiger-Scots rallied back to take a 27-26 halftime lead on a 3-pointer by Sharice Quaempts at the buzzer.
Carsyn Roberts found her shot in the third quarter, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the quarter, helping Union take a lead into the final eight minutes of play.
Sarman, typically a great free-throw shooter, struggled from the line on her attempts in the second and third quarters. The junior made all four to help Union hold on to the lead late in the game.
It was the Tiger-Scots first road loss during conference play this season, while Union improved to 5-1 at home.
Sarman finished with a game-high 19 points for the Bobcats. Wells added 14 points.
Broncheau led Weston-McEwen with 18 points, while Molly van Borstel finished with 15 points.
The Bobcats (17-3 overall, 10-2 BMC) will travel to Elgin for a 6 p.m. game Friday.
Outlaws pick up win at home
ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise girls basketball team got itself into the logjam for the fourth spot in the Blue Mountain Conference, and extended its winning streak to three games.
Needing to take care of business at home, the Outlaws defeated Elgin 44-24 Tuesday, creating a five-way tie. Only two of those teams will make it to the Blue Mountain Conference postseason tournament.
Enterprise jumped out quickly with a 14-4 lead after one quarter.
“We wanted to limit Elgin’s top three players tonight,” Outlaws head coach Mike Crawford said. “We did that. The girls are playing with a lot of confidence right now. Our name is in the mix, that’s all we can do right now.”
Enterprise held the Huskies’ top three scoring options to a combined 14 points. That opened a little space of Stormy Silver, who led Elgin with 10 points. But, no one else on the Huskies roster factored in the scoring.
Hayley Riggs led Enterprise with 18 points, while Hannah Schaafsma finished with seven points. Tiffanie George and Carson Sajonia each scored six points.
Elgin (7-12 overall, 5-7 BMC) will host Union at 6 p.m. Friday. Enterprise (8-12, 5-8) will travel to Union for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday.