Cove picks up statement win on the road
IMBLER — Mikayla Murchison helped Cove pick up a statement win on the road Saturday.
The Leopards girls basketball team defeated Imbler 41-36, improving to 3-0 in Old Oregon League play.
Murchison led all scorers with 19 points and added 16 rebounds. Hailey Hulse helped Cove hold on to the lead, scoring all five of her points in the fourth quarter. Molly Delcurto finished with eight points.
Ally Fullerton led the Panthers with 10 points, while Lexee Robertson added eight points.
The Leopards opened the weekend with a 41-24 win against Wallowa.
Cove jumped out to a 22-10 halftime lead, led by Murchison, who scored all 10 of her points in the first half.
Delcurto finished with eight points, and Morgan Colvin added seven points.
Wallowa was led by Savannah Nobles and Taylor Harshfield with five points, apiece.
Cove (7-7) overall will host Pine Eagle at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Panthers picked up a 38-24 win against Pine Eagle Friday.
Malia Mills led the way with nine points.
Katie Barry and Emma Bowers each scored eight points.
Both teams got off to a slow start, with the score 5-1 in favor of Imbler after one quarter. The Panthers took a 16-13 lead into the half, and put the game away by outscoring the Spartans 13-5 in the final quarter.
Jamie Butler led Pine Eagle with 10 points.
Cougars can’t erase early deficit
WALLOWA — The Wallowa girls basketball team dug a hole it couldn’t get out of Saturday.
Joseph jumped out to a 27-12 lead at the half, and held on to win 45-39.
Breanna Gibson led the Eagles with 14 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the free throw line. McClure added 11 points, while Satori Albee finished with eight points.
“They took it to us,” Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson said. “We didn’t respond until the second half, and by then it was too late.”
Kristyn Young paced Wallowa, making a run in the second half. The senior finished with 13 points. Taylor Harshfield added 13 points.
Wallowa (5-9 overall, 1-3 OOL) will travel to Powder Valley for a 6 p.m. game Friday.
Bobcats cruise past Prospectors
UNION — The Union girls basketball team kept plowing through the Blue Mountain Conference schedule, grabbing a pair of wins over the weekend.
Keesha Sarman helped the Bobcats close out the perfect weekend with a 74-31 win against Grant Union Saturday.
Sarman finished the night with a team-high 21 points. But, it was the defense that head coach Rhondie Johansen was most proud off.
“We came out and played basketball tonight,” Johansen said. “We didn’t hurt ourselves with turnovers, and played the defense we know we can play.”
Sarah Good chipped in 18 points, while Elly Wells added 12 points.
Mikeala Donohue and Samantha Brock each scored eight points for Grant Union.
Johansen said her team came out flat against Irrigon Friday, but still managed to pull out a 50-38 win on the road.
Sarman had 25 points. Delanie Kohr scored 13 points, and Good finished with 10 points.
Roberts led the Knights with 12 points.
Union (14-2 overall, 7-1 BMC) will try to extend its five-game winning streak at home against Stanfield at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Huskies get back to even with a pair of wins
ELGIN — The Elgin girls basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a pair of conference wins over the weekend.
The Huskies got 18 points from Katie Witherspoon, and defeated Stanfield 49-28 Saturday.
Elgin locked down on defense in the second half, allowing 10 points to the Tigers.
Miah Slater added 12 points for the Huskies.
“It was a big weekend to get back to 4-4 in conference play,” Huskies head coach Mike Slater said. “We’re getting back to playing the type of basketball we need to play. More players are getting involved in the scoring.”
Elgin opened the weekend with a 47-38 win against Heppner.
Slater had a team-high 14 points. Jordyn Anderson added 10 points.
Elgin jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one quarter, but saw the lead trimmed to four points, 24-20, at the half. The Huskies used a 12-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to hold on to the win.
Elgin (6-9 overall) will host Irrigon for a 6 p.m. game Friday.
Outlaws drop two close games
ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise girls basketball team is just trying to catch a break this season, dropping a pair of close conference games over the weekend.
The Outlaws didn’t help themselves out during a 47-37 loss to Heppner Saturday. Enterprise led 25-17 in the third quarter, but went 1-of-10 over the course of five straight trips to the foul line. The Mustangs grabbed the momentum, and took the lead, 29-26, headed into the final quarter.
“That swung the momentum of the game,” Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford said. “If we make half of those we keep the lead. From there, we couldn’t get the momentum back.”
Blake Greenup scored eight of her 17 points for Heppner in the final quarter to pull away from the Outlaws.
Hayley Riggs led Enterprise with 14 points.
Grant Union hit a circus shot to seal a 44-41 win over the Outlaws Friday.
Enterprise grabbed the lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold on.
Riggs scored 13 points to lead the Outlaws, while Hannah Schaafsma added 10 points.
The road for Enterprise doesn’t get any easier with a road trip to No. 2 Pilot Rock next on the schedule. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Friday.