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Enterprise’s Hayly Riggs drives to the basket during the Lady Outlaws’ 53-24 victory over Wallowa Wednesday. CASEY KELLAS - The Observer
WALLOWA — The Enterprise girls basketball team got its season off to a fast start Wednesday against Wallowa.
The Lady Outlaws used a feisty defensive effort to run away with a 53-24 victory.
“I thought it was a reasonable first game,” EHS coach Mike Crawford said.
Enterprise returns a lot of talent from a team that finished fifth at the state tournament a year ago, and that experience was on display against a Cougar squad that has a lot of youth.
After Wallowa scored the game’s first bucket, the Lady Outlaws went on a 13-2 run and led 13-4 after the first quarter.
EHS went up 21-4 after an 8-0 start to the second quarter, where the Cougars didn’t get their first field goal until the 3:29 mark. The Outlaws took a 29-9 lead into halftime.
“We’re still trying to find an identity,” first-year Wallowa coach Greg Oveson said.
Oveson has spent the last three years coaching Elgin.
“It’s like drawing straws on who to start at this point.”
Enterprise stretched its lead to 38-10 in the third quarter and the outcome was never in doubt as the Outlaws start the year 1-0.
Hayly Riggs had a game-high 21 points for EHS, while both Elsa Steen and Amy Edison added eight. Marta Stangel chipped in six.
Morgan Waters led Wallowa with 10, while Taylor Harshfield scored seven.
Wallowa is at the Bouncin’ Cancer Tournament this weekend, and Enterprise plays in the Ione Basketball Bonanza.