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GIRLS HOOPS: COVE SURVIVES RUGGED WALLOWA DEFENSE

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

In a game between two of the hottest teams in the Old Oregon League, the Cove basketball girls showed they could play Wallowa's intense defensive style and win.

In a tough, physical game between two of the state's top-5 ranked teams (Cove is No. 1 and Wallowa No. 5), Cove won 38-33 behind four three-pointers by Lisa Scheele and 14 rebounds from Kelcie Robinson to go 4-0 in the Old Oregon League (8-3 overall).

Cove held the lead almost the entire game, and Cougars coach Greg Oveson said he knew early in the game, Wallowa (2-1 in OOL, 8-4 overall) was going to have trouble staying with the Leopards because of Cove's shooting ability.

"They shot the ball a lot better than we did. Maybe in the long run, they're better offensively," said coach Oveson.

Cove coach Dick Royes credited his team's defensive intensity for the tough win, and he gave Wallowa a lot of credit for giving Cove fits.

"That team deserves to be ranked," he said. Royes expects the Cove-Wallowa rematch in Wallowa Feb. 7 to be just as heated.

"It was a rough game," said Scheele. "I'm just glad we got out of here alive."

Scheele thinks Cove won "because we held our heads together" in the face of Wallowa's intense defense. "We're not used to teams that aggressive," she said.

Cove had trouble completely putting the scrappy Wallowa girls away until late in the fourth quarter. The Leopards built up leads of 13-5 and 29-15 only to have Wallowa go on rallies and cut the lead to under 10 points.

But, it seemed every time Wallowa threatened to get back in the game, Scheele would drill a three-pointer. Finally, with the score 34-21 early in the fourth quarter, Wallowa went on one last rally, thanks in large part to Lynique Oveson, who was playing on a bad ankle but was still flying all over the court, making steals and forcing turnovers.

Oveson found Sara Bomberger under the bucket to make the score 34-23, then she made a steal and got the ball to Amanda Wilson for another basket to make it 34-25.

Mysha Oveson was fouled taking a three-pointer and she made two out of three free throws to make the score 34-27 with still 5:30 left in the game.

That was the closest Wallowa got until the final seconds as Cove clamped down on the boards and on defense. Robinson had two crucial blocks under the basket late in the fourth, and Scheele came flying in from the wing to grab a critical offensive rebound, drawing a foul and then hitting her free throws.

Wallowa 7 8 4 14 — 33

Cove girls 13 11 10 4 — 38

Wallowa — Holli Barton 0 2-2 2, Mysha Oveson 1 2-3 4, Megan McLain 1 1-2 3, Chelcy Goodwin 2 0-0 4, Larae Guillory 2 0-0 4, Amanda Wilson 5 0-0 10, Sara Bomberger 2 0-0 4, Sandra Deal 0 2-2 2, Lynique Oveson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 13 7-9 33.

Cove — Kelcie Robinson 4 3-4 11, Christy Cain 0 1-2 1, Amy Puckett 2 0-0 4, Kathy Mann 2 0-0 4, Lisa Scheele 5 2-4 16, Cassie Mills, J. Johnson 0 2-2 2. Totals: 13 8-12 38.

Three-pointers — Wallowa, none; Cove 4 (Scheele 4); Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Wallowa 12, Cove 9. Technical fouls — none.

JOSEPH GIRLS CONFIDENT AFTER WIN

JOSEPH — The Joseph High basketball girls had an uneven game against Nyssa Saturday, but the important thing is, they won.

Joseph won 53-39 behind 17 points from Anna Yost and 14 from Licia Miller.

The Eagles (1-1 in Wapiti League, 2-6 overall) had a schizophrenic game, getting off to a hot start in the first quarter with a 15-4 lead.

They only scored three points in the second quarter and let Nyssa back into the game, going into the break with just an 18-15 lead.

"The girls were pretty irritated with themselves at halftime," said coach Wendy McDaniel.

To make amends, the girls exploded for 20 points in the third quarter to take a healthy 38-27 lead and held it.

Yost did much of her damage at the free-throw line, going 9-for-15 from the line.

"She got hammered inside quite a bit," said McDaniel.

After playing a strong, competitive game against No. 4-ranked Imbler Friday night (Joseph stayed within 10 points through much of that game), and Saturday night's win, McDaniel said the Joseph girls are starting to believe in themselves.

"My girls are feeling pretty confident right now," she said.

Nyssa 4 11 12 12 — 39

Joseph girls 15 3 20 15 — 53

Nyssa — Allison Sexton 3 0-0 6, L. Booth 4 0-2 8, Lexi Moody 1 1-2 3, D. Godinez 3 0-0 6, A. Escobedo 3 4-4 10, K. Mitchell 3 0-0 6, Y. Escobedo, Y.C. Escobedo. Totals: 17 5-8 39.

Joseph — Heather Marshall 3 0-1 6, Licia Miller 7 0-0 14, Anna Yost 4 9-15 17, Katie Couch 2 2-2 6, Denae Micka 3 3-5 9, Julie Butterfield 0 1-4 1, Mandy Moncrief, Cierra Jones, Holly Parker. 19 15-27 53.

Three-pointers — none. Fouled out — Mitchell, Sexton. Technical fouls - none.

JV - Nyssa defeated Joseph

POWDER VALLEY GIRLS BLOW PAST ADRIAN

NORTH POWDER — The Powder Valley girls, still buzzing after a come-from-behind win on the road against Jordan Valley Friday night, went out and efficiently took care of business against Adrian Saturday, winning 64-28.

"We finally got some shots to drop again," said coach Allen Bingham. "That's good to see."

Joelle Bain led the Badgers (3-1 in Old Oregon League, 10-3 overall) with 26 points. Shauna Nelson scored 15 points.

Powder Valley has a game Friday against Cove in Cove in another big battle between OOL leaders.

Wallowa, Cove and Powder Valley all have one league loss and are the front-runners for the OOL title (with Crane in the mix, too).

Adrian girls 9 9 6 4 — 28

Powder Valley 17 18 13 16 — 64

Adrian — Clara Ellsworth 2 4-5 8, Jessica Ulrich 1 0-0 2, Amber Garner 3 0-2 6, Lindsey Phelps 1 0-0 2, Andrea Garner 0 3-6 3, Trish Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Emma Gordon, Katherine Langley. Totals: 9 9-16 28.

Powder Valley — Hailee Bingham 2 0-0 4, Mandy Wendt 2 0-0 4, Shauna Nelson 7 1-3 15, Lacey Nelson 3 0-0 7, Kali Miller 1 0-0 2, Jenny Dayhoff 0 2-2 2, Joelle Bain 11 4-4 26, Sabrina Rich 1 0-0 2, Kris Wendt 1 0-0 2, Alisha Thompson, Amanda Demarre.

Three-pointers — Adrian 1 (Hernandez), Powder Valley 1 (Lyman). Fouled out — none. Total fouls - Adrian 15, Powder Valley 16.

JV result — Powder Valley defeated Adrian

IMBLER GIRLS DOWN UNION 64-26

UNION — The Imbler girls picked up their second Wapiti League basketball win by defeating Union 64-26 Saturday.

"We played good offensively and defensively," Imbler coach Dale Wagner said.

The Panthers' man-to-man defense slowed the Bobcats.

"Our defense was fantastic tonight," Wagner said.

The Bobcats (4-6 overall, 0-2 league) trailed 27-14 at the half.

Jana Brotherton scored eight of the Bobcats' 11 points in the second quarter. Brotherton was the Bobcats' leading scorer with 13.

After the third quarter, the Panthers (11-1 overall) were up 49-19.

"We had a tough time shooting the whole night," Union coach Wayne Herron said.

Tiffany Rasmussen led the Panthers with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals. Liz Woody scored 12 points, and had three assists, eight rebounds and four steals. Amy Clerget had 13 points and six steals.

The Panthers host Pine-Eagle, and the Bobcats travel to Elgin Friday.

Imbler girls 13 14 22 15 — 64

Union 3 11 5 7 — 26

Imbler — Tiffany Rasmussen 6-14 5-6 17, Liz Woody 6-8 0-0 12, Amy Clerget 7-11 1-2 13, Emily Correll 3-5 0-0 6, Leanne Foster 4-10 1-2 9, Rachel Lowe 0-1 1-2 3, Hannah Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Kayla Ritter 1-1 0-0 2, Penny Cline 1-1 0-0 2, Mandy Griffin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 28-53 8-12 64.

Union — Shannon Mitchell 0 0-2 0, Lena Weitlauf 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Herron 1 0-0 2, Kallin Prince 1 3-6 5, Rosa Goodman 1 0-0 2, Sandra Meredith 0 1-2 1, Jana Brotherton 5 3-6 13, April Savely 0 1-4 1, Christi Pierce, Kara Baxter. Totals: 9 8-20 26.

Three-pointers — Imbler, none; Union, none. Rebound leader — Woody 8. Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Imbler 16, Union 11. Technical fouls — None.

PINE-EAGLE DEFEATS TIRED ENTERPRISE GIRLS

HALFWAY — After winning its Wapiti League opener at Elgin Friday, the Enterprise girls had a tough time on the road against Pine-Eagle Saturday.

"We played tired," Enterprise coach Mike Crawford said.

Pine-Eagle beat Enterprise 41-25.

The first quarter was close, even though Enterprise's leading scorer Lacey Nobles picked up three quick fouls.

Crawford said both teams traded baskets in the first quarter, and Enterprise had its opportunities but was out of sorts in the second quarter. The Spartans outscored Enterprise 11-2 in the second.

"Basically, that run in the second quarter, we couldn't rebound from," he said.

Stephanie Petersen led the Spartans (7-3 overall, 2-0 league) with 16 points.

Jessie Morgan had nine points for Enterprise.

Enterprise (2-8, 1-1) will host Joseph Friday.

Enterprise girls 8 2 11 4 — 25

Pine-Eagle 9 11 13 8 — 41

Enterprise — Jessie Morgan 4-11 0-0 9, Chelcee Noland 0-2 0-0 0, Stefanie McCready 0-3 0-0 0, Kayla Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Lacey Nobles 2-12 0-2 5, Kayla Stoffel 1-4 0-0 2, Kallie Hadden 1-3 0-0 2, Jacinda Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0, Caitlin Baird 2-4 3-3 7, Jennifer McCready. Totals: 10-42 3-5 25.

Pine-Eagle — Kathrine Beam 2 1-1 5, Abby Morrison 1 0-0 2, Cathy Carnahan 4 0-0 8, Lila Forte 4 0-0 8, Christen Shevham 1 0-2 2, Stephanie Petersen 7 1-1 16, Molly Coffee, Lacey Peer. Totals: 19 2-4 41.

Three-pointers — Enterprise 2 (Morgan, Nobles); Pine-Eagle 1 (Petersen). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Enterprise 10, Pine-Eagle 12. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Pine-Eagle defeated Enterprise

GRANT UNION GIRLS OVERPOWER ELGIN

JOHN DAY — The Elgin girls played hard against a Grant Union team that has a lot of depth, which helped the Prospectors to a 87-46 Wapiti League basketball win Saturday.

"We don't match up well against those kids," Elgin coach Randy McKone said.

McKone said the Prospectors are a tremendous team.

"Grant Union executed very well, shot very well," he said. "I think Grant Union is the team to beat. They're (at) a level above everyone else."

Tiffany Fincher and Amber Looslie led the Huskies with 12 points apiece.

The Prospectors (8-3 overall, 2-0 league) were led by Ashley Thunnel's 24 points.

The Huskies (7-3, 0-2) host Union Friday.

Elgin girls 13 13 10 10 — 46

Grant Union 18 31 16 22 — 87

Elgin — Amber Looslie 3 6-13 12, Brittany Beetle 0 0-10 0, Hailey Wiles 1 2-4 4, Rose Darrow, Lacie Heighes, Josie Cross 4 0-0 8, Tiffany Fincher 4 4-4 12, Kim McCrae 3 4-7 10. Totals: 15 6-40 46.

Grant Union — Kim Matthews 1 3-4 5, Ashley Krausse 4 1-2 9, Lisa Weigum 1 1-2 3, Kaylee Lemeke 0 0-1 0, Whitney Simmons 5 0-0 10, Amanda Courchesne 4 0-0 8, Ashley Thunnel 9 5-7 24, Brandy Moles 4 2-2 10, Bobby Vidourek 2 1-2 7, Amy Jones 1 2-2 7, Laura Salvino 1 2-2 4, Jessyka Reyes. Totals: 34 15-22 87.

Three-pointers — Elgin, none; Grant Union 4 (Thunnel, Vidourek 2, Jones). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Elgin 18, Grant Union 27. Technical fouls — Grant Union head coach 2.

JV result — Grant Union defeated Elgin

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