Imbler canít catch Rockets
Imbler nearly pulled off the biggest win of the La Grande Optimist Christmas Classic on the biggest stage — the championship game. But, the Panther girls basketball team fell just short.
Class 1A Imbler fell in the championship game to Class 2A Pilot Rock 49-43.
The Rockets appeared to be running away with the game in the opening quarter led by senior post Madison Dave. She had 31 points in a 54-47 win against Union the night before, and opened the first quarters with nine points. Lexee Robertson helped to shut Dave down in the paint over the final three quarters, as Dave finished with 13 points in the game.
It was Robertson who stole the show, scoring a game-high 18 points in the losing effort. She also pulled down eight rebounds in 22 minutes of action off the bench.
The Panthers stayed in the game despite shooting 22 percent from the floor in the opening half, and trailed 18-17 heading into the locker room after two quarters.
Imbler rebounded to shoot 39 percent in the second half, but the starting five finished the game 6-of-29 from the floor. The Panthers also couldn’t keep the Rockets off the glass. Pilot Rock outrebounded the Panthers 49-33.
Malia Mills finished with nine points for Imbler.
Bailey Weinke led the Rockets with 16 points.
Bobcats run by Eagles
Union used its speed to pick up a third-place finish at the La Grande Optimist Christmas Classic
The Bobcats girls basketball team cruised to a 57-29 win, leading 35-7 after two quarters. Union’s Keesha Sarman and Sarah Good forced the Eagles into errant passes, and turned them into points. Sarman had 10 of her 16 points in the first half, while Good had six in the first half. She finished with eight points.
Breanna Gibson found her confidence in the second half. The senior scored all of her points in the second half, knocking down two 3-point baskets, and finishing with 10 points. Noel Taylor finished with eight points.
Ellie Wells chipped in 11 points for the Bobcats, who built a 20-2 lead after one quarter. Freshman Delanie Kohr finished with nine points, while Carsyn Roberts added seven points.
Badgers take fourth
The Powder Valley girls basketball team struggled in the opening half against a depleted Wallowa squad, but rallied back in the second half for a win at the La Grande Optimist Christmas Classic Saturday.
The Badgers went into the half trailing 18-17, and came out with a 48-27 win.
The Cougars opened the game without one of their top scoring options in Morgan Waters. The senior broke and dislocated a finger in the previous game.
Then Kristyn Young went down in the first quarter with a sprained ankle and didn’t return to the game.
Wallowa put up a fight, but couldn’t keep up in the second half.
Taylor Harshfield led Wallowa with 16 points, with 10 coming in the opening quarter.
Bailee Allen came off the bench to lead the Badgers with 15 points, scoring 12 in the over the final two quarters.
Sally Blair added 10 points for Powder Valley.
Leopards win finale
The Cove girls basketball team pulled out its lone win of the La Grande Optimist Christmas Classic with a 40-38 win against Dayville/Monument Saturday.
Mikayla Murchison led the way for Cove with 17 points. She helped her team to a 19-15 lead after the opening half, scoring 10 points in the opening quarter.
The Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, but so did Murchison. The senior post was shutout in the third quarter, but responded with seven more points in the final eight minutes of play.
Dayville/Monument cut the lead to two points following a 3-point basket by Trequilla Osborne. Cove closed out the game with free throws, despite shooting 7-of-19 from the charity stripe in the game.
Osborne led the Tigers with 11 points. Alix Perkins added 10 points, while Renee Inscore chipped in nine points.
Outlaws drop a pair
REGIS — The Enterprise girls basketball team dropped a pair of game at the Regis Holiday Tournament.
Outlaws head coach Mike Crawford said his team didn’t have any gas in the tank on Saturday during a 46-25 loss to Pleasant Hill.
Carsen Sajonia led the Outlaws with eight points, while Hannah Schaafsma added seven points.
Pleasant Hill used a huge advantage from the free-throw line to grab the win, going 18-of-25 from the charity stripe. Enterprise shot 2-of-9 from the free throw line.
Friday, Enterprise fell to Scio for the fourth straight season, this time by a 65-43 score.
Hayley Riggs led Enterprise with 12 points. Emma Hall hit double figures with 10 points.
The free-throw line played a big part in the outcome of the game once again.
Scio shot 15-of-26 from the line, while the Outlaws converted 7-of-10.